General Electric (GE) is a well-known and trusted refrigerator brand, and they have more than 90 years of experience in the refrigerator manufacturing industry. This popular brand company is easily recognizable and known for its reliability. With a variety of refrigerator models, it is successfully amongst the most trustable appliance brand However, like all appliances, it can also develop some oddities. If you need to reset your GE refrigerator and are not sure of the right way to do it, keep reading. In this article, you will get all the information you’ll need to successfully reset your GE refrigerator the right way.
When it comes to the GE Refrigerator’s ice maker’s malfunction, resetting the appliance is recommended. But first, it is important to know the correct way of resetting the GE Profile refrigerator ice maker.
To find a solution, one must figure out the problem first. Considering this, here is a list of a few defects that might be causing trouble with the use of the GE Profile refrigerator ice maker. Thus, resetting should be one’s last option when there’s no other fault detected and you are just about to call a technician.
Following can be multiple reasons why your GE profile refrigerator’s ice maker won’t work effectively
The ice maker turned off
Don’t forget to turn on the on/off switch on the ice maker before you misinterpret the appliance to be faulty. Many users, when in a hurry forget to turn on the appliance and wrongly assume a breakdown in the appliance. Different ice makers have the ‘turn on’ switch present at different places. Some models have an on/off switch and some even have a digital display that mentions if it is turned on or off.
No hurries, be patient! The ice maker won’t work until and unless you switch it on.
The ice maker switch is faulty
The switch to turn on/off the Ice maker can also get damaged, which may cause obstruction in turning on the Ice Maker. To properly operate the appliance it is very important to get this switch repaired or replaced.
Water fill tubes are choked
If the ice maker is not producing ice or the ice it is producing is not as it should be, there is a possibility that frozen water or an ice chunk may have caused the water-fill tubes to be choked.
You may check the tubes at the back of the ice maker, if they are covered in ice, there is a possibility of blockage. Clear the ice using a soft plastic tool, avoid using metal.
The ice tray has cracks
Fault in Ice Level Control Board
Most GE refrigerators consist of an ice level control board. An infrared beam in this control board signals the ice maker to stop functioning when the ice bin reaches a certain level. If the ice maker is not functioning as it usually does then there is a possibility that frozen water or an ice chunk may have caused the water fill tubes to be choked. If there is a fault in the ice level control board, replacement is essential to fix the issue.
The ice tray turns upside down to transfer the ice into the ice bin. So if the ice tray has cracks in it, this can result in an obstruction in the process of ice emptying. Thus, the ice tray must be replaced for effective ice transmission resulting in the proper working of the Ice maker.
Ice is stuck in the Ice bin or the Ice bucket
When the ice maker is in regular use, ice usually gets clumped together in the ice bin and the ice bin must be cleaned often when emptying it. All the ice clumps must be removed. Using warm water can be an effective way to melt this ice and then remove it easily.
Make sure to dry the bin before putting it in its place again. Trying this bin cleaning method and then starting the ice production cycle again may lead to the ice maker starting to function properly.
The Ice Maker ejector is defective
The ejector arm of the ice maker should function properly in order to ensure correct ice disposal into the ice bin. Correct ice disposal is essential to ensure the regular production of ice.
The ejector arm normally contains springs that may break causing a malfunction. Thus, keep a check on the springs of the ejector and when damaged, replace them with new ones.
The water line is disconnected
A very common issue is that a lot of times the water supply is not connected to the ice maker.
No raw material means no product. Water is the main component in the production of ice so when your ice maker is not producing ice, there may be a possibility that the water is not reaching the appliance. To reconnect the water supply, follow these steps:
- Remove the ice maker from the power source, turning it off.
- Check the water line, is it tightly connected?
- If it is loosened, reconnect it to the inlet valve.
- Turn on the icemaker, and check if it’s working now.
Low water pressure
You must know that low water pressure may cause the ice maker to stop functioning. The ice maker requires at least 20 psi (138 kPa) to function properly, and if the pressure is too low below this minimum quantity, the ice maker won’t work. Low water pressure may be a result of a choked water filter, leaked water supply, or clogged water inlet valves.
To ensure that the ice maker gets the required pressure, use a pressure gauge.
The ice maker’s timer determines how long it takes to make a full batch of ice cubes. If the timer gets stuck, the ice maker won’t operate correctly and you won’t get any ice. To resolve this problem, you can try resetting the timer by pressing the reset button. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the timer entirely.
The freezer temperature is not cold enough
The freezer not cooling properly can be a big reason why your ice maker is not working. The freezer door is opened too frequently which causes warm air to enter causing a rise in temperature. Any temperature above 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the freezer is not cold enough for the ice maker to operate correctly and it may affect the working of the appliance.
Temperatures around 0-5 degrees are ideal enough for the ice maker to work at its best
Thermostat is defective
The ice maker’s ice tray consists of a thermostat that detects the temperature in it. When it reaches the required temperature the tool called thermostat automatically detects it and causes the ice tray to dispense and throw the ice into the ice bin.
With a defective thermostat, the temperature won’t be detected, thus leading to no ice being dispensed. In this case, a thermostat replacement would be needed.
You tried all these above-mentioned solutions, and still, your Ice Maker is not working. If that is the case, and you cannot figure out the issue with the ice maker, then resetting the appliance is recommended.
There are many types of GE profile refrigerator ice makers available and resetting each type is done differently, following are the ways in which different types can be reset.
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Resetting the GE Refrigerator Ice Maker
To reset the Icemaker on your GE refrigerator, follow these steps:
1. Turn off the ice maker by lifting the wire arm until it clicks into the off position.
2. Remove the refrigerator’s plug from the power socket for about 30 seconds.
3. Plug the refrigerator back into the socket and wait for at least a minute or two.
4. Turn the ice maker back on by lowering the wire arm.
5. The ice maker should now start an entirely new cycle and produce ice within 24 hours.
Is Ice Maker not resetting?
Electricity or Mechanical issues as well as a very low supply of water may not allow the Ice Maker to reset. You may need to call a mechanical expert or an electrician to solve the problem.
We can now easily say that resetting is a very simple task, a few easy steps, and the reset is done! But it’s better to consider the above-mentioned issues first, search for a valid reason behind your appliance’s malfunction and then opt for the reset option.
Some common FAQs
A. Different GE refrigerator units have different ways of switching on, every instruction regarding starting the appliance is mentioned in the GE Profile refrigerator manual. Most of the units have a switch panel on the side, which you can slide turn on to switch on the appliance.
A. Ice not being produced in the Ice Maker can be due to many problems, most of which are mentioned above including, the freezer temperature not being cold enough, the water filter being dirty, or the thermostat being defective.
A. You first remove the refrigerator unit’s plug from the power source, leave it for around 30 seconds, plug it back in, leave it for around a minute then turn on the ice maker using the switch present on the ice maker, the ice maker will then be reset and start its operations from scratch.
You have to make sure that your appliance is not set with a function that allows it to produce only crushed ice. Appliance settings should be those which let the ice maker produce solid ice cubes.