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Old 09-13-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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In my move I'm leaving a 'fridge with all the bells and whistles and getting the cheapest, most basic , rental unit 'fridge you can envision.
Hence, I've been looking at ice makers. I have lots of experience with commercial and undercounter installed units, but I see there are new little units that you "plug and pour".
Anyone have any experience with these little rascals?

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I've been using one for 7 years or so. The ice-making system in my refrigerator went bonkers and it was cheaper to buy an ice-maker than fix the 'frig. Edgestar is the company that made mine. Also I have a small one for a spare. They are a solid device, with the exception that they use microswitches for the ice dump cycle functions. The switches can possibly cause flaky performance sometimes. I've had to adjust the switch positions once and I replaced the plastic 'ice bucket' once. The ice is dumped by a small motor and the plastic coupling broke. The refrigeration system has been faultless. Parts are readily available from the company, as is service info, complete with pictures as to how to replace various components.
I have the model IP200 SS, which has been replaced by the IP220 SS. It will make ice in just a few minutes, and keep making it until the container is full.


http://www.edgestar.com/ice-makers/Appliances-Ice_Makers,default,sc.html

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I probably should have added that there are several cheaper sources for these than Edgestar….catalogs, amazon.com and such. Apparently whatever (Chinese) company manufactures them sells them under other brand names but they all seem to be pretty much the same device. However, there are also several sizes so the low-price ones are usually the smaller ones.

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My fridge/freezer doesn't have an ice maker at all. Just a basic fridge/freezer. I just buy 7 lb bags of ice. I go absolutely crazy if I don't have ice. I have my favorites brands, too.

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For about six months after our 'fridge quit making ice I bought ice and kept the ice dispenser filled. Kept the spare ice in the deep freeze…. but then I found a good deal on the portable ice maker we have now. It's worked out well.

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My fridge/freezer doesn't have an ice maker at all. Just a basic fridge/freezer. I just buy 7 lb bags of ice. I go absolutely crazy if I don't have ice. I have my favorites brands, too.
The right brand of ice can taste soooo good! I thought I was the only one that was an "ice connoisseur."
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I used to buy bags, but I found that I didn't use enough and it got funky sitting in the freezer so long. It also takes up a lot of room in a smaller freezer section.
I think one of these little units is the way to go for me.
The ones I've seen have drain for melting ice. Do they make them with a refered container to keep ice frozen?

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I think one of these little units is the way to go for me.
The ones I've seen have drain for melting ice. Do they make them with a refered container to keep ice frozen?
With these, you just pour the water into the compartment…in the same compartment there is a ice basket that receives the ice cubes. As the unused cubes melt, the water drips down and is recycled. The ice compartment isn't refrigerated so the ice cubes don't keep very long. As they melt, the unit makes more. The only refrigeration is the tubes that make the cubes. The drain at the side is just for when you want to remove the water when it's not being used.
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ellis, thanks. That answers a question that the manufactuers don't really make clear.
I can live with the recycled cubes for a day. I thought that when they melted, they were gone and flooding the unit. A potential problem when you work 12 hr days.
WTF don't any of the producers make this clear?

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WTF don't any of the producers make this clear?
Good question!
There is some insulation in the unit that slows the melting of the ice…something like a cheap six-pack cooler. Since the larger units hold more ice they are probably a little more efficient than the smaller ones. There is a temperature sensor that detects when the ice basket is full and stops the process. They do make ice fast! Mine holds about a gallon of water. The ice basket holds about the equivalent of a half bag of ice.
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