The summer is almost hear and the raise in temperature will also bring raise in demand for ice in our drinks.
Many refrigerators have an icemaker built into the freezer compartment that automatically makes ice. The water from which the ice is made is supplied by a water supply line, connected to a water supply valve often located on the wall behind the refrigerator. The icemaker is intended for regular usage, but is limited to the size of the ice tray in the number of cubes per hour that it can produce.
Most icemakers use an electric motor, an electrically operated water valve and an electrical heating unit. To provide power to all these elements, you have to hook the icemaker up to the electrical circuit powering your refrigerator. You also have to hook the icemaker up to the plumbing line in your house, to provide fresh water for the ice cubes. The power line and the water-intake tube both run through a hole in the back of the freezer.
For models with the Quick Ice feature, ice production can be increased by nearly 48% to about 6.2 lbs per day. Activating the Quick Ice feature causes a fan to turn on and blow continuous cold air over the icemaker creating a faster cycle time. Note: Crescent cube icemakers fill 4 ounces per cycle.
Ice production is dependent on freezer temperatures, which are affected by the temperature control settings (setting should be 5 and 5 on models with knobs, 0 and 37 for models with electronic controls and 26 cu ft bottom mount settings are –2 and 38), door openings, and food load. More food in the freezer will keep, the temperatures more stable which will help the icemaker perform more efficiently. The frozen packages act as insulators to keep the cold air in.
On a new installation, the icemaker will not start immediately after being plugged in, since the icemaker must reach a temperature of approximately 16 degrees F. before a cycle is initiated. Please allow up to 24 hours for the icemaker to begin cycling
Fridge Side by Side models will make approximately 4.5 pounds or 130 cubes per day.
Fridge Top Mount No Frost models will make approximately 3.5 pounds or 100 cubes per day.
Fridge French Door most models will make approximately 3.9 pounds. 26 cu ft models will make 3.5 pounds per day.
Ice machine produces approximately 50 pounds in 24 hours, but varies depending on the room and water temperature.
We recommends that the freezer be kept three-fourths full for optimal operation. If necessary, use plastic jugs filled two-thirds with water to increase the freezer load to three-fourths of its volume.
The water filter may be plugged with sediment, or you may have low water pressure. The water pressure for ice makers needs to be at least 40 psi, and up to about 120 psi for proper operation.
If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, you can hold a large cup or glass under it for 20 seconds. You should have poured about 13-14 oz. of water in that 20 seconds. If the amount is less, try removing the filter and bypassing it. If you now get the 13-14 oz. of water, the filter was clogged and it’s time to replace it.
If your ice have a bad odor and taste?
You need to change the water filter every six months to a year. A bad odor or taste may mean it’s time to change the filter. If the ice is old, you may want to dump the old ice and start making fresh ice. The ice can absorb refrigerator and freezer odors after awhile. More info about that you can find at our last article – “GOT SMELLY ICE CUBES?”.