Here are the steps on how to remove scale from the ice-making system:
- Turn off the ice maker and disconnect any electrical power.
- Gather your supplies. You will need:
- A bucket
- A brush
- A sponge
- A descaling solution (you can find these at most hardware stores)
- Warm water
- A clean towel
- Mix the descaling solution according to the instructions on the bottle.
- Pour the solution into the bucket.
- Dip the brush or sponge into the solution and scrub the scale off of the ice maker.
- Rinse the ice maker with warm water.
- Dry the ice maker with a clean towel.
- Turn the ice maker back on and reconnect the electrical power.
Here are some additional tips:
- You can also use vinegar to descale your ice maker. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bucket and follow the same steps above.
- If the scale is really stubborn, you may need to repeat the process several times.
- Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when working with descaling solutions.
- If you are not comfortable cleaning your ice maker yourself, you can always hire a professional to do it for you.
Here are some preventive measures you can take to avoid scale buildup in your ice maker:
- Use a water softener. A water softener will remove the calcium and magnesium from your water, which are the minerals that cause scale buildup.
- Install a filter on your ice maker. A filter will remove impurities from your water, which can also contribute to scale buildup.
- Clean your ice maker regularly. Cleaning your ice maker on a regular basis will help to prevent scale buildup from forming in the first place.