Cleaning The Ice Maker – Frigidaire DGUS2645LF Use & Care Manual [Page 14]



Small ice cubes or ice chips jamming in the ice maker may

be a sign that your water filter needs changing. If you

have a side mounted ice maker you may also experience

hollow cubes partially frozen cubes with water inside. When

these cubes are harvested, they break open and spill water

over the other ice cubes in the ice container, forming a

solid mass of ice. As the water filter nears the end of its

useful life and becomes clogged with particles, less water is

delivered to the ice maker during each cycle. The ice maker

can’t fill every cube in the ice maker mold, leading to small

cubes or chips that can get caught between the ice ejector

blades and the stripper. Remember, if your ice maker is

jamming with small ice cubes or it’s been six months or

longer since you last changed your water filter replace the

water filter with a new one. Poor quality household water

may require the filter to be changed more frequently.

Ice Maker/Dispenser Tips

• Ice cubes stored too long may develop an odd

flavor. Empty the ice container as explained below.

• Occasionally shake the ice container to keep ice


• If your refrigerator is not connected to a water

supply or the water supply is turned off, turn Off

the ice maker.

• If you need a large quantity of ice at one time, it is

best to get cubes directly from the ice container.

• The following sounds are normal when the ice

maker is operating:

– Motor running

– Ice dropping into ice container

– Water valve opening or closing

– Ice loosening from tray

– Running water

• When dispensing ice, you will hear a snapping

or clicking sound when the ice chute opens and


• Turn Off the ice maker when cleaning the freezer

and during vacations.

– If you turn Off the ice maker for a long period of

time, you should also turn off the water supply



Chemicals from a malfunctioning water softener

can damage the ice maker. If the water supply to

your refrigerator is softened, be sure the softener is

maintained to work properly.


Table of Contents

Cleaning the Ice Maker

Clean the ice maker and ice bin at regular intervals,

particularly before you take a vacation or move.

To clean the ice maker:

1 Turn Off the ice maker.

2 Remove the ice bin by lifting up and out.

3 Empty and carefully clean the ice bin with mild

detergent. Rinse with clear water. Do not use harsh

or abrasive cleaners.

4 Allow the ice bin to dry completely before replacing

in the freezer.

5 Remove ice chips and clean the ice bin shelf and

the freezer door chute.

6 Replace the ice bin. Turn On the ice maker to

resume ice production.

Remove and empty the ice storage bin if:

• An extended power failure (one hour or longer)

causes ice cubes in the ice storage bin to melt and

freeze together, jamming the dispenser mechanism.

• You do not use the ice dispenser frequently. Ice

cubes will freeze together in the bin, jamming the

dispenser mechanism.

Remove the ice storage bin and shake to loosen the

cubes or clean as explained above.


NEVER use an ice pick or similar sharp instrument to

break up the ice. This could damage the ice storage bin

and dispenser mechanism.


When removing or replacing the ice bin, DO NOT rotate

the auger in the ice bin. If the auger is accidentally

rotated, you must realign the auger by turning it in 90

degree turns (see below) until the ice bin fits into place

with the drive mechanism. If the auger is not properly

aligned when replacing the ice bin, the refrigerator will

only dispense Crushed Ice. The freezer door may also not

close properly causing warm air to leak into the freezer.

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