Automatic icemaker is one part in a freezer that most people forget to clean. By the virtue that it’s near the freezer doesn’t mean it doesn’t get dirty. Luckily, it is one area that anyone can clean seamlessly. Here are a few steps that you can follow to clean your refrigerator icemaker :
Clean Out the Unit
Before you begin cleaning the automatic icemaker, it is pertinent to clean the whole unit to give you more space to work and ensure that you don’t ruin any food item that you may need later. Store the food items in separate unit so that you can reuse them later on. Ensure that you check at their expiry dates to ensure that you don’t hold an item that you shouldn’t.
After getting the food out of the freezer and the whole refrigerator, you can begin defrosting the unit. Although each unit has its unique cleaning procedure, the rule of the thumb is to simply switch off the whole unit and leave the doors open for approximately three hours. Remember to lift up the arm of the icemaker (if your unit has one) to prevent it from making ice while you are defrosting.
Clean the Ice Tray
Remove the ice tray from the refrigerator (if you haven’t done this already). Dump out the water and spotlessly clean the tray. Dry the tray by turning it upside down to ensure that it gets completely dry.
Clean the Ice Maker
If you don’t have some in your house, now is the time to walk to your local store to get some commercially made icemaker cleaners. Add the solution to the icemaker based on the manufacturer’s directions.
Plug the Unit In and Run A Few Cycles
After adding the cleaning agent, plug the refrigerator in. Turn on the icemaker and allow it to run a few cycles (3 to 4 is enough) to allow the cleaning agent work through the system and to ensure that everything is getting completely cleaned.
Once you are through with running the cycles, throw all the ice made because nobody would love to use ice that contains a cleaning agent. Clean your ice tray once again and replace it. This is it. You’ve finished cleaning your automatic icemaker.