It’s hard to remember to clean the refrigerator regularly, let alone an undercounter ice maker. But actually, your ice maker needs to be cleaned just as often (if not more) than your refrigerator for it to function optimally and produce clean, high-quality ice. We’ll review how to clean a Sub Zero ice maker with a step-by-step guide to using its clean and sanitize features.

How to Clean a Sub Zero Ice Maker: A Step-By-Step Guide

A dirty ice maker can not only lessen the life of your machine but could allow harmful mold and bacteria to contaminate ice. Fortunately, learning how to clean a Sub Zero ice maker can be straightforward with the self-cleaning and sanitizing functions.

How to Clean a Sub Zero Undercounter Ice Maker

Sub Zero UC-15I cleaning and sanitizing cycles take an hour to complete. We suggest you remain at home during this time, as your intervention is required at various points in both cycles. In addition, make sure you have the correct Sub Zero ice maker cleaner on hand. This is the only solution the brand recommends for proper cleaning of your ice machine.

Here’s how to clean a Sub Zero undercounter ice maker step-by-step:

  1. Press the Clean button
  2. Dispose of all ice in the storage bin and remove the bin from the ice maker
  3. Pour 4 ounces of ice maker cleaner into a small cup
  4. When the Clean light flashes, pour the cleaning solution into the spray area
  5. Clean light will turn off when 30-minute cleaning cycle is complete
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How to Sanitize a Sub Zero Ice Maker

Knowing how to clean a Sub-Zero ice maker also involves a sanitizing cycle to rid your machine of germs and bacteria. Follow these steps immediately after cleaning to sanitize your ice maker:

  1. Press the Clean button again
  2. Pour 1 Tbsp. of ice maker sanitizer into a small cup
  3. When the Clean light flashes, pour sanitizing solution into the spray area
  4. Clean light will turn off when 30-minute sanitizing process is complete
  5. While ice maker is being sanitized, spray the ice bin with a solution of 1 Tbsp. sanitizer and 1 gallon of water. Allow the solution to sit and air dry without rinsing.

How Often to Clean an Ice Machine

We suggest regular cleaning of your Sub Zero ice maker every 6 months. This will prevent a buildup of mold or bacteria and maintain your machine’s function. It’s also recommended that you change your ice maker water filter with each cleaning to ensure high-quality ice production.

While knowing how to clean a Sub Zero ice maker is an important part of regular maintenance, consistent care can’t always prevent a repair. Let us be your Sub Zero repair service experts when you need us most!