If your Samsung ice maker is buzzing, there are a few things to check. In this article, we outline these things and how to fix them.
Samsung Ice Maker Buzzing – Solutions
If your Samsung ice maker starts buzzing all of a sudden, it means the ice maker fan is hitting something. The most probable thing it is hitting is ice.
To verify this and solve the problem, you need to remove the ice bucket and ice maker to inspect the auger motor assembly.
Put the refrigerator into the forced defrost mode. Doing this will melt any ice buildup in the compartment for the ice maker. Hence, it will be easy to bring the ice bucket and ice maker out.
The set of buttons to press to get it into the forced defrost mode varies according to the refrigerator model. However, using the combination of Energy Saver and Fridge buttons usually works for most Samsung refrigerators.
Also, using the Freezer and Lighting buttons work. But consult the manual that came with your refrigerator to know which combination of buttons gets it into the forced defrost mode.
Hold the buttons together for about eight seconds or until a beep sounds. Then, press any button until Fd shows on the display screen. Fd means forced defrost.
Allow the cycle to run for about ten minutes before taking it out of the forced defrost mode. This length of time is enough to melt a good amount of ice off the ice maker.
To take it out of the defrost mode, tap the combination of buttons you used earlier. Hold the buttons until there is nothing showing on the display and there is no longer any beeping.
Unplug the unit from the wall outlet powering it. If this is not possible, then trip the circuit breaker for that part of the house.
Take the ice bucket out. Do this by putting one hand under it, lifting it a little and pulling it towards you and out.
It is important to check to see if your ice bucket has a button or lever that locks it in place. Take a look towards the top on the side that is visible to you. If there is a button or lever, release it to bring the bucket out.
If the forced defrost did not take care of all the ice around the ice maker, leave the doors of the refrigerator ajar to thaw the remaining ice.
Do not use any heat source such as a heat gun or a hair dryer for this purpose. This is because doing so could warp the plastic material of the compartment. And if this happens, the refrigerator damages and cannot be fixed.
Loosen the screw that holds the wire housing’s cover in position. Remove the cover and move the wires to one side, out of the way. Next, unplug the wire connector of the ice maker housing or compartment.
Loosen the screw that holds the ice duct tray in position. Using a flat blade screwdriver, gently move the duct tray down and to the right side. This is to make way for removing the ice maker.
If your ice maker has a refrigerating coil under it, it will become visible as soon as you move the tray.
With the same screwdriver, push it down a little, creating enough space to be able to remove the ice maker without snagging it. But don’t force it; any damage to the coil means the whole unit is damaged beyond repair.
Press down the top locking mechanism of the ice maker to remove it. When you release the lock, push the ice maker down and towards you to take it out of the housing or compartment.
With the ice maker out of the way, the auger motor assembly will become visible to you. A quick look will tell you if ice accumulated around the fan. If there is, leave the door open and give it time for all the ice to melt.
Next, disconnect the wire harness of the auger motor assembly. Grab the front blade and draw the assembly towards you, to the front. Be sure that no wire or harness is in the way and that the sides of the compartment do not snag the assembly.
After this, dry the inside of the compartment completely. Also, allow it to air dry to make sure there is no moisture left.
Take a flashlight and shine the light under the ice maker compartment. The aim is to see if there is any brightness within the housing. If there is, it means there is a gap between the floor of the ice maker compartment and the wall of the refrigerator.
Buy an RTV epoxy or any other recommended sealant. Apply it to the left-hand side and back of the compartment, in an L-shape. This is to seal the gap and prevent air from entering the compartment and causing frost or ice buildup, especially around the ice maker fan.
Then, give the sealant about 24 hours in order to dry completely before reassembling the parts removed earlier.
Ensure you push the ice bucket in until it clicks into place. Otherwise, there will be no ice dispensed from the refrigerator.
If the fan is damaged from hitting the ice constantly, replace it. Make sure to buy the right replacement part according to the model number of your refrigerator.
Tip: It helps to take a picture of wire placements and how other parts are set before removing them. This way, you know where everything goes and how to position them from the pictures.
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Water Filling Ice Maker
Another possible cause for the buzzing sound from the ice maker is water filling it. If the pressure of the water is high, there will be a buzzing or a humming sound. But this is normal as it should be low and not a nuisance.
Additionally, be sure that the water line is connected to the ice maker. The machine tends to make this noise when there is no connected water line and it is trying to make ice. Therefore, turn the ice maker off if you are not ready to connect the water line. Leaving it on without the water line could damage it as well as the refrigerator.
When the noise becomes a problem is when it is too loud. Therefore, reduce the pressure and see if the noise disappears. However, if you reduce the pressure and the buzzing continues, report it to Samsung and request service.
If a Samsung ice maker is buzzing, it is important to find out why it is so as soon as possible. Even if the ice maker is working fine, the unusual sound is the sign of a fault. And if you don’t fix it, it might eventually damage the machine or even the refrigerator.
As much of a DIY person you are, some fixes may seem too technical or difficult. So if you find that you cannot fix this or replace any damaged part, contact Samsung and request service.
As an alternative, find an independent refrigerator service agent to fix it. We have many experienced and certified ones here who are readily available to assist you.