How to Stay Cool: A Guide to Ice Makers

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When it gets super hot outside, an ice maker is the best way to stay cool.

With the National Weather Service issuing a heat advisory, this week is likely to be extraordinarily hot for those of us in the Baltimore-Washington region. Finding ways to stay cool is absolutely important, and a built-in undercounter ice maker could be a perfect solution. Here are a few helpful tips when it comes time to buy an ice maker for your home.

Choosing an Ice Maker

There are a few things to consider when choosing an ice maker. First, where are you going to put it? You will need to make sure your ice maker has access to a dedicated water line. If you’re installing an undercounter unit, check the measurements of the space with the size of the ice maker you plan to purchase. You will also want a location that has access to a standard household 3 prong outlet.

Some other things you may want to consider include whether you will be able to drain the ice machine if necessary, what type and how much ice your machine will need to produce, and also what kind of finish you are looking for in a door. Ice machines typically come in white, black, and stainless steel options.

Production and Storage Capacity

One of the most important considerations you will need to make when purchasing an ice maker is the production and storage capacity. Production capacity determines how much ice the unit is capable of making in a 24 hour period, while storage capacity determines the maximum amount ice the unit can store at a given time. These are both measured in lbs, and a bag of ice at a convenience or grocery store usually weighs about 10 lbs. Therefore, an ice maker with a capacity of 60 lbs can store what would amount to about 6 bags of ice. It’s important to keep in mind that extreme ambient conditions can reduce an ice maker’s production capacity. Some ice makers are specially tuned for use outside and in garages.

Ice Maker Installation & Maintenance

Installing an ice maker is easy: connect a dedicated water line, run the drain line from the back of the unit, and plug it in. Still, it’s a good idea to consult your manufacturer’s manual for instructions, as installation may vary from model to model. If you’re unfamiliar with installing new appliances a licensed professional can make it a headache-free process. Your manual should also include cleaning instructions for your ice maker, and routine cleaning can help your ice maker stay in peak condition.

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