Have you noticed water on the floor under your refrigerator?
The problem could be your water supply to the refrigerator. Water piping at the refrigerator has been a problem spot in house plumbing systems for years – especially if the piping is copper. Just pulling the refrigerator out or pushing it in could start ice maker line leakage. With the abundance of manufacturers and models of ice machines, choosing the best machine for your particular situation can seem like a difficult task.
How do I choose the right ice machine for my situation?
When looking at the manufacturer’s specification sheet you will see an approximate number of pounds of ice produced per 24 hours. Many times the production rate will be provided for ideal conditions of 70 degrees F for the surrounding air and 50 degrees F for the incoming water supply.
What size ice storage bin will I need?
It is two to three times more expensive to produce a pound of ice than to store it, depending upon your air and water temperatures. Either way, having full bins of ice at the ready will save you time and money. Even if you don’t use all of the ice, it costs less to keep it in the bin than to have to produce it. However, consider your peak usage when determining your bin size and add 20% capacity to be safe. If your daily ice requirements are fairly consistent then your ice bin capacity will need to hold the daily production quantity.
Will I need a water filter?
A water filtration system, either installed in the water supply line to the ice machine or built into the ice machine itself, will remove mineral sediment such as calcium and lime and prevent scale formation. The filter also keeps out parasites and other bacteria such as slime fungus, removes odor, and creates a tasteless ice that will not change the flavor of beverages.
Regularly removing sediment will increase the lifetime of your ice machine. The cause of many ice machine breakdowns can be traced to issues with the water supply. Therefore, if you know your water has a high mineral content, invest in a good water filtration system to prevent problems from occurring and replace the filter cartridge frequently.
Some manufacturers will extend the warranty on the evaporator of your ice machine if you also purchase a water filtration system and keep to their regular schedule of changing the filter.