Magic Chef Ice Maker Troubleshooting

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Magic Chef Ice Maker problems are frustrating. Even more when you no longer have your manual. But, there is still hope. Here’s a complete Magic Chef Ice Maker troubleshooting guide to help resolve most issues.

Quick Troubleshooting Overview

ProblemPossible CauseSolution
The “Add water” indicator is on.Water is low.Fill the water storage tank with water,
the ice maker will start to work
The “Ice” indicator is on.The ice basket is full.Remove ice from the ice basket.
The “Add water” and “Ice” indicators are both blinking.The ice shovel is stuck.Check if the ice shovel is blocked by ice. If yes, please take out the ice cubesand restart.
Ice cubes stick together.Ice making cycle is too long.Stop the ice maker, and restart
it when the ice blocks melt. Select the small ice size.
The water temperature in the inner tank is too low.Change the water in the reservoir.
Use water between 45 -90 F.
Ice making cycle is normal
but no ice is made.
Ambient temperature or
water temperature in inner
The tank is too high.
Please operate the ice maker below the ambient temperature of 90 F and use cold water.
Refrigerant liquid leakage.Consult a qualified technician.
The pipe in the cooling system is
Consult a qualified technician.
Magic Chef Ice Maker Common Problems Troubleshooting Guide

Why Does My Magic Chef Ice Maker Keep Saying Add Water?

You can fix a Magic Chef Ice Maker that keeps asking you to add water by inspecting the water sensor. When checking the water sensor, make sure that it is free of debris. If your model has a sensitive sensor, low minerality in the water could also cause the added water light to come on.

How To Add Water To Magic Chef Ice Maker

To add water to a Magic Chef Ice Maker, remove the ice basket and add water to the reservoir. Once you add water to the reservoir, turn it on. The ice maker should start making ice.

How Long Does Magic Chef Ice Maker Take To Make Ice

7 minutes. That’s how long the Magic Chef Ice Maker takes to make ice. Most models hold up to 1.5 lbs of ice at a time and can produce ice in 2 sizes within 7 minutes. There’s also a digital storage bin that lets you know when it is time to empty the ice bin.

Why Is My Magic Chef Ice Maker Not Making Ice

The most common problem when your Magic Chef Ice Maker is not making ice is a defective water inlet valve. A defective inlet valve or low water pressure prevents water from flowing. When this happens, your ice maker won’t make any ice.

If the water pressure is strong but the ice maker won’t fill with enough water to make ice, you need to replace the water inlet valve.

Why Is My Magic Chef Ice Maker Leaking?

When there is a clod on the defrost drain of your Magic Chef Ice Maker, the defrost water overflows from the drain and leaks from the bottom of the ice maker. For a quick fix, you can use a turkey baster and hot water to defrost the drain and flush out debris.

How To Descale Magic Chef Ice Maker

Using vinegar is an easy and natural way to descale a Magic Chef Ice Maker. Vinegar dissolves lime and hard water.

To descale your ice maker, add two cups of white vinegar per cup of water to a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your ice maker and wipe it down accordingly. Vinegar kills 82% of mold species.

If you want a quicker and more effective solution, you can use Essential Values Ice Machine Cleaner or Affresh Ice Machine Cleaner. Both help to remove mineral buildup and hard water.

The Bottom Line

Your Magic Chef ice maker can stop working for several reasons. If the above troubleshooting tips don’t solve your problem, please call a professional for help. You can also seek a replacement if your ice maker is still under warranty or within the return window.

Paul Wade
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Paul Wade

I’m Paul, and I founded Ice Maker Basics with my friends. We are dedicated to good drinking with ice and great living.
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