How To Reset Igloo Ice Maker

We know it’s frustrating when an ice maker doesn’t function properly. Igloo is known for manufacturing reliable ice makers. Are you facing any issues with your igloo ice maker?

Even though igloo is one of the best brands for portable ice makers, but any machines start malfunctioning with time. It’s the nature of any machine or device. I found many users asking- my igloo ice maker not making ice, the igloo ice maker not working, or the igloo ice maker says ice full even it’s empty.

So, in this guide, we are going to discuss how to reset the igloo ice maker. In short, we’re going to learn about the different troubleshooting methods of the igloo ice maker. Before moving ahead, let’s understand how does a portable ice maker works?

Although I have written a detailed guide on the working principle of an ice maker, here we’ll just recall some important information.

How Does Igloo Portable Ice Maker Work?

The working process of the igloo ice maker is similar to any other portable ice maker. It functions differently than Ice Freezers or Refrigerators. That’s why you get beautiful ice cubes in just 6-8 minutes while refrigerators take more than 30 minutes.

The portable ice makers work on the same refrigeration cycle that any home refrigerator works. But, in ice makers, the evaporator unit is replaced by metal tubes. When there’s temperature difference occurs, the water starts freezing and surround the metal tubes. Due to which water takes the form of cylindrical ice.

Once the required thinness of ice freezes, the machine reveres the cycle. Due to this, metal tubes heated and ice surrounding the metal tubes drops inside the ice basket.

How To Reset Igloo Ice Maker?

How To Reset Igloo Ice Maker

We don’t know what kind of error you’re getting but, follow these steps to reset igloo ice makers-

  1. Unplug your igloo ice maker from the power source.
  2. Drain the water reservoir.
  3. Open the lid and empty the ice basket.
  4. Now clean the metal tubes with a soft cloth.
  5. Close the ice maker lid.
  6. Plug-in the ice maker to the power socket.
  7. Turn ON the machine.
  8. Now, press and hold the power button of the ice maker for 10-12 seconds.
  9. Let it be on rest for the next 30 minutes.
  10. Turn ON back and see if the problem is fixed.

If your ice maker problem is not fixed yet, then read some more troubleshooting guides below.

Portable Ice Maker Troubleshooting

These are some common problems that occur with any portable ice maker. Let’s discuss the possible fixes of them-

Problem #1– Igloo Ice Maker Not Working

It’s a very common query I found on various forums- my ice maker is not working, is it dead? So, there’s less chance that your ice maker is dead. There could be many reasons behind that.

Let’s look at some common reasons that lead to the ice maker not working-

  • Your power socket is faulty.
  • You accidentally turned off your ice maker.
  • Your icemaker’s power cord is dead.
  • Your ice basket is full.
  • Your ice maker water reservoir is empty.
  • Your ice maker water line is clogged.

Solution #1– How To Fix Ice Maker Not Working

Before calling a technician, you can check and ensure that your power socket is not faulty. If your power socket is not faulty, check if you accidentally pressed the power off button.

There’s a possibility that the water reservoir is empty. Check it out and fill the water if it’s empty. It’s also possible that your ice basket is full that’s why the igloo ice maker not making ice. Open the lid and take out the ice basket or empty the ice basket with an ice scoop.

If nothing worked, it’s time to call a professional.

Problem #2– My Igloo Ice Maker Says Ice Full

There are thousands of people who asked- my igloo ice maker says ice full even if the ice basket is empty. So, if you too facing this problem, it might possible that the ice full sensor is not working.

Solution #2– How To Fix Ice Maker Says Ice Full

First of all, unplug the ice maker from the power source. Now, unscrew the side cover and check if the ice full sensor is working or not.

If not, you can get one from an electric shop and replace the sensor. Here’s a video on- how to replace the ice maker full switch (sensor) at home.

You can order that faulty switch from Amazon. It can save you $150-$200 ice maker. If your ice maker is under warranty, just call on their support number and they’ll fix it or replace your ice maker.

Problem #3– My Ice Maker Making Cloudy Ice

It’s a common problem that many ice makers start making cloudy ice. It doesn’t taste better and melt quickly. There are possible reasons that your water isn’t filtered properly, or your ice maker is dirty.

Solution #3– How To Fix If Ice Maker Producing Cloudy Ice

There are some impurities like calcium and magnesium present in your water. Due to which your ice maker produces cloudy ice. You can use impurity-free filtered water for ice production.

If your ice maker still making cloudy ice then it’s time to clean your ice maker. We have written a detailed guide on how to clean an ice maker. Please refer to this. Don’t use any chemicals to clean the extended metal tubes.

Problem #4– My Ice Maker Doesn’t Eject Ice

It’s another common problem with portable ice makers. The ice maker reverses its cycle to heat the metal tubes, hence ice cubes eject to the ice bin. It might possible that your ice maker cannot heat the tray or tubes to eject the ice.

Solution #4– How To Fix If Ice Maker Doesn’t Eject Ice

The ice makers reverse the refrigeration cycle to heat the ice tray/metal tubes. Due to which ice cubes unstuck from the system.

You can check and ensure if there’s corrosion or loose wiring isn’t causing this. If so, fix that but most of the time you need to call a professional to fix this issue.

Final Verdict

These are some common troubleshooting methods to fix normal issues. We hope you understand how to reset the igloo ice maker. If it’s not making ice, just unplug the machine and put it in sunlight for a few hours.

If your igloo ice maker not working or causing a different problem, please write in the comment box.

25 thoughts on “How To Reset Igloo Ice Maker”

  1. I bought my ice maker 3 weeks ago and it had been working just fine. Yesterday, I noticed that even though the fan was running in the machine, I had no ice in the basket. The pump works fine, the tray fills with water, and the lever that moves the ice to the basket works fine, but the prongs that create the ice never get cold. It seems like the fan runs, but the machine never kicks into freezer mode. I have tried the above steps for resetting the machine, but nothing has fixed the problem.

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  2. The ice dropped fine, but the “arm” that moves forward to scoop the cubes out into the basket won’t come forward. The motor is working and tries to move forward, but it “clicks” when it tries and doesn’t move…it keeps repeating that process.

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  3. 8/25/2021 3 weeks after getting it, it stopped making ice. Everything is working but the pipes never get cold to make the ice. It still acts like it’s making ices pushing ice to the basket without ice.

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  4. My igloo ice maker stopped making ice. The fan works an the water line is clear. I have reset several times but it still does not make ice. The metal posts do not get cold. What do you recommend?

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  5. The ice dropped fine, but the “arm” that moves forward to scoop the cubes out into the basket won’t come forward. The motor is working and tries to move forward, but it “clicks” when it tries and doesn’t move…it keeps repeating that process.

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    • From your statement, it seems like there is some issue with the gear of the swiper arm. I think you should call the brand customer care to get it replaced.

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  6. I purchased my maker from QVC in June and now it quit making ice or it is very tiny like pebbles did all the above instructions still did not help.Thought Igloo was a good brand guess I was wrong.Or maybe your not supossed to use it everyday so frustrating!!And everytime I order from QVC I say I’ll never do it again! So aggravating!! for 159.95!! Could have went to Walmart for a 99.00 one.They all come from China anyways! So sad

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    • Have you cleaned your ice maker recently? If not, follow this guide and clean your machine thoroughly. Sometimes, scale formation on freezing tubes (those extended metal bars) affects the efficiency of the machine and it makes tiny pebbles. Follow the steps and do let us know if it’s fixed or not.

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  7. Hey glue ice maker model 115
    Power light flashing will not use shovel shovel still cycles from time to time when power is on Is the shovel cycle couple of times shovel moves to the back shuts down Then the ice full light will Flash red

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  8. Hey Igloo ice maker model 115
    Power light flashing will not use shovel shovel still cycles from time to time when power is on Is the shovel cycle couple of times shovel moves to the back shuts down Then the ice full light will Flash red

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    • igloo ice maker comes with an option to choose ice size. Have you checked that? If not, set it to ‘Large’ and it’ll start making larger ice again. If it still makes small ice, you can clean the entire machine with vinegar & lemon juice then reset it. I’m sure, it works.

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  9. Just unboxed my Igloo I’ve maker (ICEB33BK). I followed the instructions for set up. It attempts to start the process then add water light comes on. The reservoir is filled to max level. I drained some water (thought maybe I over filled) same problem. Can a brand new machine have a clogged water line? Help 🙁

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