How to Clean a U-Line Ice Maker in 3 Easy Steps


Ice becomes a hot topic when it comes to beverages, parties, or refrigeration in general. You don’t think much about ice until it’s needed or you run out. The best way to keep ice pure and available is knowing how to clean a U-Line ice-maker.

Why Do I Need to Clean My Ice Maker?

If you value clean ice with no odor or funky tastes, you should clean your ice machine. Cleaning the ice maker prevents mold and mildew deposit from contaminating the ice.

The question should really be how often to clean ice maker – and we recommend every 3-4 months.

 3 Steps for How to Clean a U-Line Ice Maker

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to clean a U-Line ice maker. We’ll walk you through the steps and you’ll feel like a pro.

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Clean Ice Maker Exterior

The easiest step in how to clean a U-Line ice maker is cleaning the exterior. Use a mild detergent (non-solvent, non-abrasive) and warm water to clean the surfaces.

For stainless steel surfaces, use a cleaner & polish specifically designed for stainless steel.

Clean glass surfaces with a non-chlorine glass cleaner.

Clean U-Line Interior

Step 2 in how to clean a U-Line ice maker involves the interior of the machine. For safety purposes, always unplug the ice maker before continuing to this step.

Take out all removable components and wash well in warm water and mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely.

Wipe down the rest of the interior with a soft cloth or clean sponge and warm water. If it has been too long since you cleaned the interior or if you detect unpleasant odors, use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water solution to clean and deodorize. Afterward, rinse with a soft cloth and clean warm water.

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Clean U-Line Ice Maker Condenser

One of the most important steps in cleaning a U-Line ice maker is cleaning the condenser.

For optimal efficiency, it is imperative that you keep the front grill free from lint and debris. Depending on the environment the ice maker is kept in, this may require more frequent cleaning than just every 3-4 months. For example, if pets are nearby, there is a higher likelihood that pet hair and dirt will accumulate quicker.

To clean the ice maker condenser, follow these steps:

1. Remove the grill (see owner’s manual for detailed instructions)

2. Clean condenser coils – use a soft brush and/or vacuum attachment     *Note: Do not touch the coils.

3. Reinstall the grill

Regular maintenance of your ice maker will ensure operating efficiency and longevity of the machine.

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9 Responses

  1. My ice maker Gets a little flakes of gray material in and on the ice that it produces

  2. 3rd time cleaning my uLine nugget ice machine and every time I clean the bottom of the machine gets water in it and gives the 11 code. How do I prevent water for getting inside the machine and setting off the error code? After using a rag to soak up the water the code will not go away and will not make ice.

    1. I have the same problem. Have you been able to find a solution? This is driving me nuts.

  3. I get the same code every time I clean our Uline nugget Ice machine. I called customer service and they told me I might be pouring in the cleaning solution and the rinse too fast so it cannot drain properly. It doesn’t seem to matter how slow I pour it, it still does it every time. It is not a little bit of water either, but quite a bit like something isn’t draining as it should. It has done this since the 1st cleaning. Now after about 18 months I am starting to get a code 13 and it will not make ice.

  4. Just cleaning my ice maker today for the first time and now have the code 11. Did anyone figure out how to fix this?

  5. I have a local technician who called me back and told me the fix. First of all, do not follow the instructions from uline. Cut the 1st water step in 1/2 and only use 1 quart. Also, eliminate the addition of any additional water at all in the last step. The problem is too much water in the cleaning process and it is leaking onto the leak sensor, causing the error 11 code.

    Next to clear the code, remove the front panel, cut the power switch toggle off to power down the machine and then place a fan in front with the front panel off to dry out the sensor. He says this may take 12-24 hours. I will update tomorrow once I get the code gone.

    1. Tommy- did you ever get it to work? Having the same problem (after following Uline’s instructions) but place a fan in front of it for 24 hours but still getting code 11.

  6. I would like instructions on how to clean my 1000 clr1215 Ice maker the builder did not leave anything but the quick start guide no cleaning instructions the ones i see on line do not apply to my machine

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