How much does it cost to replace an ice maker?

Knowing the cost before getting an estimate can equal big savings

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There is nothing like a cup of iced tea on a hot day, but it’s disappointing to place your cup under the ice maker just to have it not make any ice. If your ice maker stops working and is over ten years old, it might be time for a replacement.

It typically costs around $300 to $450 including parts and labor to replace an in-freezer or in-door ice maker. Here are some helpful tips to save you money on ice maker replacements.


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On average, parts and labor cost around $300 to $450.

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Each type of ice maker differs in replacement costs.

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Your home warranty may help with replacement costs.

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Ice maker replacement costs

On average, a new ice maker can cost anywhere from $50 to $500, depending on what type of model you are replacing. If you decide to call a refrigerator repair specialist, you can expect to pay $75 to $125 an hour for labor or $50 to $200 if you call a plumber.

Ice maker replacement costs by type

Ice makers usually come in three different models: stand-alone, in-freezer and in-door. Stand-alone ice makers are usually more expensive than built-in units and can cost anywhere from $80 to $500, depending on the brand. Built-in freezer or door units typically cost around $50 to $200, but prices vary depending on your freezer type. Higher-quality refrigerators with more complex units and added features usually cost more to replace in parts and labor.

Some in-door and built-in models are interchangeable with certain brands, so you may be able to save money by finding a cheaper version of your ice maker.

Can you DIY an ice maker repair or replacement?

Many ice makers cost less than $100, but some repairs can cost up to $300, so a replacement may be the way to go. If you want to save money on labor, you could possibly repair or replace your ice maker yourself.

Most repairs and replacements are fairly straightforward and usually only take an hour. For a typical in-freezer or in-door ice maker replacement, you'll only need a screwdriver and a pair of needle-nose pliers. For installation, all you will have to do is mount the ice maker and plug in the water and electrical connections. If you are replacing a stand-alone unit, you usually just plug it in and fill it with water.

When should an ice maker be replaced?

If your ice maker is over 10 years old, making loud noises, leaking or not making ice, it may be time for a new unit. Also, if you notice your ice maker has rust or corrosion, it might be a sign that the unit has an internal leak, and you may want to consider buying a new one. This can compromise and deposit rust particles into your ice cubes, making them unsafe to drink.

If your ice isn't freezing, it may be more than just your ice maker. This can indicate that your freezer may need repairs or the water filter is clogged. So before buying a new ice maker, double-check to make sure your refrigerator is running properly first.

Does your home warranty cover ice maker repair or replacement?

In many cases, home warranties don't cover in-door or in-freezer ice makers, but there are a few exceptions. Most companies do cover stand-alone units for normal wear and tear, such as faulty wiring, malfunctioning compressors and damaged water lines. This coverage is usually provided in the base plan or appliance package.

Many home warranty companies have limitations and coverage caps. This means that your home warranty company will only cover the costs of repairs and replacements up to a specified amount, and then you are liable for the remaining fees. So remember to double-check your contract before filing a claim.

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    FAQ

    How long does an ice maker last?

    On average, most built-in and stand-alone ice makers typically last for ten years, but they can last even longer with the right maintenance. The life span of your ice maker greatly depends on how often it's used and the quality of your unit.

    Do I need to have my ice maker serviced regularly?

    You should clean your ice maker often to prevent the buildup of mold, mildew, bacteria and limescale. Air filters and condenser fins should also be changed out every six months to stop lint and grease buildup. If you forget to do this, your ice maker can have a harder time getting airflow, causing it to produce ice slower or even burn out the unit's motor.

    Does an ice maker have a warranty?

    Many brands of ice makers include a one-year manufacturer warranty with the appliance's cost. If you have an in-door or in-freezer ice maker, your refrigerator may have a warranty of up to five years that covers your unit.

    Bottom line

    Ice makers can provide a refreshing drink and cool you down on a hot day, but breakdowns can leave you sweltering. Not to worry, though. Ice makers are relatively cheap and easy to repair and replace, so you could potentially do it yourself.

    If you don’t feel confident in doing the job yourself, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 an hour for labor. You can also check your policy to see if your home warranty plan or manufacturer’s warranty can help cover repairs and replacements.


    Article sources
    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
    1. Angi, “How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace an Ice Maker?” Accessed May 10, 2024.
    2. Liberty Home Guard, “Ice Maker Warranty Coverage.” Accessed May 10, 2024.
    3. Manitowoc Ice, “When is it time to replace your ice maker?” Accessed May 10, 2024.
    4. San Bernardino County, “How to Clean Your Ice Machine.” Accessed May 10, 2024.
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