Will a water filter stop the ice maker from working

A water filter purifies the water in an ice machine and gets rid of particulate, chlorine, or any other matter that might make the ice appear cloudy or have an odd taste. Without water filters, the ice wouldn’t be safe for consumption. But can the filters cause problems too? Let’s investigate.

Does ice maker water go through the filter?

The water used to make ice initially passes through the water filter before it is pumped into the ice maker. The filtration process goes through three specific phases:

  • Particle filtration: This step filters out larger contaminants such as silt.
  • Microfiltration: Filters out relatively smaller and/or medium-sized contaminants.
  • Adsorption filtration: The final step helps to get rid of molecules or ions.

The filtered water is makes comparatively cleaner and higher quality ice than when the water is unfiltered.

What Causes the ice maker to stop working?

If your ice maker starts producing smaller ice cubes than normal, or if it stops producing ice completely, it could be an indication that the water filter is clogged or not properly installed. That’s because a clogged water filter blocks or significantly reduces the water supply needed to make ice.

The clogging in the water filter is because of the accumulation of contaminants over time. In such a case, it is imperative that you locate and replace the water filter.

Will replacing the water filter fix the ice maker?

Replacing a clogged water filter or correctly installing it will free up the water supply line allowing water to flow freely to the ice maker.

However, before replacing the water filter, check if there is ice inside the ice mold. The presence of ice in the ice mold indicates that the water supply is working, and the problem might be electrical or mechanical which is directly affecting the ice maker. In such a scenario, you can check the metal control arm and ensure that the ice maker is in an “on” position. If the control arm is on then the issue might be the electrical connection.

Another factor to consider is that there might be frozen water in the water supply line. One way of defrosting frozen water in the supply line is by unplugging the refrigerator and allowing the water to melt for at least two hours.

How to replace a water filter

To replace your water filter:

  • Shut off the refrigerator’s water source.
  • Locate the water filter in the refrigerator’s filter compartment. Kindly note that the location of the filter compartment depends on the refrigerator brand and model. In most cases, it is either located in the refrigerator compartment or in the base grille.
  • Open the filter door.
  • Pull out the clogged or malfunctioned water filter and discard it.
  • Get the new water filter and unwrap the protective coverings.
  • Insert the new water filter into the slot. The arrow should be pointing upwards.
  • Gently rotate the water filter until the notches and the grooves properly align.
  • Close the filter door and ensure that it snaps into place.
  • Run at least four or five gallons of water through the water supply line to ensure the new filter is properly flushed before use.
  • Replace the water filter after every six months.

How long does it take to make ice after replacing a water filter?

After replacing the water filter, it takes approximately 6 to 12 hours for the ice maker to start producing ice again. It might take longer in some cases. It is advisable to throw out the first few batches of ice from the ice maker (at least 30 ice cubes) to ensure the ice you are consuming is made from clean water.

Will a refrigerator dispense water without a filter?

Most refrigerator models do not require a water filter for the water dispenser to work. The water filter simply serves the role of filtering water in the supply line. However, it is vital to note that some refrigerator models require a manual filter bypass in order to continue working without a water filter.

A filter bypass can be a simple sediment filter used in place of a water filter. If you remove your water filter and the refrigerator continues to dispense water, then it has an automatic bypass mode and there is no need to install a filter bypass. In the scenario where the refrigerator stops dispensing water after you have removed the water filter, then it is necessary to acquire a filter bypass to continue using your refrigerator without a water filter.

What is the best water filter for an ice maker?

A simple search for the best water filter for an ice maker will bombard you with several brands claiming that they produce the best water filter products. “Best” in this case is subjective within the context of price and consumer preference. However, its advisable to go for a water filter that is NSF certified.

NSF International an independent and accredited body that objectively certifies products to ensure that they meet the health and safety standards of the public.

Here is a buying guide with our top picks

Final Thoughts

Even though it’s important to have a water filter, installing it wrongly or using an old and expired one can result in malfunctioning the ice maker. If your ice maker has stopped working, installing a new filter will most likely solve the issue. But Just make sure you have ruled out other possible issues first. Additionally, make sure your water filter is NSF certified.