We have been asked this question asked many times, often, when a refrigerator or ice maker has just been installed. Keep the following in mind to answer your question.
How long does it take my newly installed ice maker to make ice?
The refrigerator and ice maker must be at proper temperature. If just installed, the ice maker itself could take 24 hours to get cold enough to produce ice. The ice maker must reach 15 degrees F before a cycle will begin. The recommended fresh food temperature is 37 degrees F; the freezer temperature is 0 degrees F. This time frame is greatly impacted on how many times the freezer door is opened.
How long does it take to make ice cubes in a ice maker?
Normally an ice maker that is inside a freezer that doesn't drop below 0°F, (as recommended by the manufacturers), with water no warmer than 70°F will cycle about every 90 minutes. So, if your ice maker is a 5 or 6 cube ice maker, you are only getting 5 or 6 cubes of ice every hour and a half. This time frame is greatly impacted on how many times the freezer door is opened, and of course, how much ice is used in between cycles.