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As convenient as ice makers and ice machines are, proper maintenance is essential to remove dirt and bacteria and ensure optimum function.

Understanding how to properly clean an ice maker is essential for ensuring the production of high-quality ice. It is important to clean the ice maker regularly to eliminate dirt and bacteria that can grow and potentially lead to health issues. Before delving into the cleaning process, let's first explore why ice makers tend to accumulate dirt.

How Do Ice Makers Get Dirty?

Even though ice makers are in cold environments, they can still harbor harmful germs. Bacteria in ice machines can easily multiply from various sources. 

These factors can facilitate a buildup of mold, mildew, and bacteria:

  • Dirty hands that touch ice

  • Spilled food or beverage particles 

  • Melted, dirty water that refreezes into dirty ice

  • Accumulated dust and dirt

Can mold in an ice machine make you sick? Yes, mold can harbor bacteria and germs from E.coli and norovirus to the common cold. Fortunately, knowing how to clean an ice maker can lessen the chance of illness by eliminating dirt and bacteria.

How To Clean An Ice Maker

Cleaning a dirty ice maker is typically very straightforward. Simply remove the ice bin and dispose of any old ice. Wipe down the bin with warm water and a mild dish detergent before drying completely and replacing. We suggest cleaning an ice maker every 3-4 months. However, if your ice smells or tastes bad, consider doing so more frequently or replacing the refrigerator water filter.

Even when you know how to clean an ice maker, malfunctions may still occur. If they do, our team can help. Call Gizmo Appliance Repair for an expert ice maker repair!

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