FAQ about Undercounter Icemakers

1. Do I need to connect the built-in icemaker to a water line?

Yes, you do. Every single built-in icemaker requires a connection to a water line.

2. Can I install this machine myself?

It's always best if you get a professional to install this machine in your kitchen, but the truth is that it's simple enough for anyone to do. All you have to do really is to connect it to a water line, a drain line that's located on the back, and just plug it in. The machine is now connected and ready to produce ice. Just make sure you follow all the instructions in the owner's manual, and you should be fine.

3. Can these machines make any type of ice?

No, they can't. The shape and size of the cubes can vary from one unit to another. Depending on the model and brand, the ice can come in a crescent, cubed, pearl, nugget, bullet, and other shapes.

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4. Are the ice production capacity and storage capacity one and the same?

No, they are not. The production capacity tells you how much ice can a machine make in 24 hours in ideal conditions. For example, if the machine is somewhere where it's too hot, it produces less ice than it could. The storage capacity tells you how much ice can the appliance hold at any time. The storage capacity is often much less than the capacity of production.

Icemakers work like this: You turn them on, and they produce ice until the bin is full. The production then stops and continues once the bin is empty. Many people don't know how many ice cubes there are in a pound of ice. Think of ice sold in bags at the store. The standard bags weigh 10 pounds. If your machine can produce 80 pounds of ice a day, that means you'll get eight standard 10-pound bags.

5. Do I have to install a water filter for my ice machine?

Water filters are not necessary, but you should install one if you can. These filters will prolong the life of your device, but they also remove impurities from the water making the ice taste better. Also, you won't have to clean the unit as often with these filters installed. Most manufacturers praise the use of the water filter.

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6. Do all undercounter icemakers require a drain?

No, they don't. However, a significant number of these machines do require a drain, but there are exceptions. Some models are freezers at the same time, which means that the ice is kept frozen, so there is no need for a drain connection. Most of them can't maintain the ice frozen, so you need the drain for the melting ice. Those units that do require a drain come with a drain line upon purchase.

7. What should I look for when buying an undercounter ice machine?

There are some things you should consider before purchasing one of these machines. First, think about where you want to place the machine. You need to put it somewhere close to a water line so you could connect the drain. You should measure the space where you want to put it to make sure that the machine will fit. Also, keep in mind that you need a power outlet close enough for the cord to reach it.

You also need to think about connecting the machine to a drain. These units can produce all types of ice, so you need to think about what shape of the ice you want. Do you want crescent, or maybe pearl, or cubed? You can find many different options.

Fitting your icemaker in the kitchen is one thing, you need one that fits well with the rest of the furniture. You can choose between white, black, or stainless steel finishes. The most important thing about these appliances is the amount of ice they produce in a day. Figure out how much you need before overspending on a vast and expensive machine. If you place the unit in a warm environment, it's going to produce less ice than it should, so you should take that into consideration as well.

8. How do I properly maintain my icemaker?

You will receive all the instructions on how to clean and maintain your unit, and they are found in the instructions manual. The first step is usually to unplug the machine and get rid of any ice that might be inside. Then, you have to remove all the parts that come in contact with the ice and sanitize them. When you're done with the cleaning, just rinse the parts with water and set them out to dry. Once they are dry, reassemble the unit and wipe all the surfaces once again. Restart the machine and throw away the first batch of ice.

Most cleaning jobs are like this, but always check your owner's manual for the instructions first.

9. What is better to use, a gravity drain, or a pump drain?

If you want to make sure your drain works perfectly, a pump drain is the best option. However, you can use the gravity drain, but it has to be connected just right.

The first thing you have to consider for the gravity drain to work is that it has to be lower than the drain outlet of your unit so the water could flow downhill.

The position of the drain can't be more than 12 inches away from the device. If you can't meet the two conditions, go with a drain pump. You can find many models that come with a pump, but you can also buy an external drain pump if needed.

10. Can I install my ice machine in the garage?

You can find some models that are made specifically for outdoor use, and they would be fine in your garage. These devices are made to last and to cope with extreme temperatures. You shouldn't install standard icemakers in your garage. Ice machines that are meant for the kitchen need room temperature to function correctly. You could install them in the garage but only if it's temperature-controlled.

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