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How to Turn the Freestanding Ice Maker On

How to Turn the Ice Maker On or Off for your Whirlpool Refrigerator

Here are the instructions for turning your ice maker on or off. There are many types of ice makers; if your ice maker is not shown below, please reference your Owner's Manual for additional information. 

Is the ice maker turned on?

Check to make sure the ice maker is turned "on".  Below are a couple of common style ice makers, but for instructions for your specific refrigerator please reference the Owner's Manual.

Style 1 Style 2 Style 3 Style 4
  •  The On/Off switch is located on the bottom of the ice maker, which can be accessed by lifting and opening the ice maker door.

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  • To turn the ice maker, "On" lower the wire shutoff arm.
  • To manually turn "Off" the ice maker, lift the wire shutoff arm.


  • To turn the ice maker "On", lift open the ice maker door and lower the wire shutoff arm.
  • To manually turn "Off" the ice maker, lift the wire shutoff arm.

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  • The On/Off switch is located on the left wall of the freezer door, and can only be accessed when the ice storage bin has been removed.

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CLICK HERE to watch a video on How to Reset the Ice Maker.

NOTE: Your ice maker has an automatic shutoff. As ice is made, the ice cubes will fill the ice storage bin, and the ice cubes will raise the wire shutoff arm to the OFF (arm up) position. Do not force the wire to shut off the arm up or down.

Why you Should Turn Your Ice Maker off

Turn the ice maker off if the water supply is not connected to the water supply line.  

If the Ice Maker remains on and not connected to the water supply, the following could potentially happen:

  • Ice Maker will continue to try to make ice, which causes a buzzing sound. 
  • Cause the refrigerator section is too cold.
  • Food in crisper drawers to freeze.

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