Ice Machines

Variations among Ice Making appliances

Choose between Clear Ice Cubes or Conventional Frozen Cubes

Do you have a bar area or entertaining center where you'd like to have a supply of ice? There are several choices of ice making appliances that might fit your needs. You could add an under counter refrigerator/ice maker like this U-Line model.

U-Line-Refer-IceMaker

It makes ice, much like the ice maker in your full sized refrigerator/freezer. If you have separate storage for your beverages you could choose just an ice maker like the model below. In either case, you'll need a water line to make the ice, and ideally a nearby sink for cleanup of dropped ice cubes, or ice cubes that are stuck together, etc.

U-Line-Icemaker

You may prefer a clear ice machine such as this KitchenAid model. Clear ice cubes are made in a special way so that all impurities are removed and the resulting cubes are not only purified; they are completely clear, and odorless.

Kitchen-Aid-Icemaker

Incoming water is sprayed upward against a cold metal surface. As the water continues to be sprayed upward the water molecules begin to freeze and adhere to the metal surface. Impurities in the water do not freeze, leaving the frozen pure, clear, ice. In some ice machines the ice machine cuts this block of ice into cubes, and in others the metal form itself actually shapes the cubes:

Ice-Cubes

The water impurities from ice machines is a residue that to some extent can be filtered as the water flows through the ice machine. Unfortunately, some of the residue builds up in the working parts of the ice machine, requiring regular cleaning every few months. In addition, the clear ice machines do need to have a drain. Something to consider in the planning stage.

A variation of the ice machines above is an ice machine from Scotsman that produces soft chewable ice nuggets.

Ice-Nuggets

While not clear, a similar process is used to create this ice which is also tasteless, odorless, and a fun way to please the family with chewable flavored drinks.

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Freestanding IceMaker Options at Arizona Wholesale


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Cleaning Freestanding Clear Ice Machines

Clear Ice Machines

Tips and Advice for Taking Care of Your Ice Machine

Part 3

 

Ice machine

Freestanding Ice Machines that produce clear ice will require regular cleaning and maintenance. The basics are the same for most brands with the exception that some ice machines have automatic cleaning and will require less maintenance. Here are some considerations:

  1. Water filters. While using filtered water is not always necessary, it's a good idea. Some ice machines come equipped with their own filters that must be replaced regularly. If not, you can always install a standard inline water filter on the incoming water line. Replace the inline filter at least every 6 months.

  2. Cleaning the icemaker should be done every 3-6 months depending on usage and manufacturer recommendations. If the ice cube harvest drops or the ice cubes are cloudy, it's a good sign that your ice machine needs cleaning. Typically, ice machines with built-in cleaning cycles require less frequent cleaning. Here are the steps to follow when *cleaning ice machine:

a). Turn off and unplug the ice machine. Turn off the incoming water supply.

b). Remove all the ice from the ice compartment and wipe out the interior.

c). Remove all the ice machines parts that come into contact with water. Clean all the parts with nickel-free ice machine cleaner. Rinse off and let the parts fully dry.

d). Re-install all the parts and making sure that the ice machine is completely dry.

e). Turn on water, plug-in ice machine and turn on. Discard the first batch or two of ice.

*These are general instructions. By all means follow the directions that come with your specific ice machine. Take good care of your ice machine and you'll enjoy a regular supply of crystal clear ice for years to come.

Here are links to our two previous blogs about clear ice machines:

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Part 2: Clear Ice Machines


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How clear ice machines work

Clear Ice Machines from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Part 2

Ice Cubes

Manually, ice is made by filling ice trays with water and placing them in the freezer compartment. With automatic refrigerator ice makers, we automate the process used to make ice manually. Instead of filling trays, water is piped into a tray in the freezer and the zero degree temperature freezes the water. The cubes are then dumped into an ice bucket.

However, with clear ice machines the ice making process* is substantially different. Water is sprayed onto a cold plate that is kept at 32 degrees Farenheit. Since water freezes at 32 degrees, the water freezes against the cold plate while chemicals and other contaminants fall off, leaving nothing but the clear cubes which are then dropped into the ice bin. The machine continues making ice until the bin is full.

The clear cubes consisting of healthy, pure water are always ready for use, and they never stick together or require breaking apart. That's because the ice bin is not a freezer compartment. The ice cubes are continuously melting and being replaced with new ice cubes. The resulting water is continuously sent out the drain. Depending on the brand and feature set that you select, some ice machines will also produce crushed ice, ice that is chewable, and even colored ice.

Crushed-Ice

Just as your refrigerator ice maker, clear ice machines have filters that regularly need replacing. In addition, they need to be cleaned every 6 months (varies with make and model).

This is Part 2 of our blog series on clear ice machines. Click below for Part 1.

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Next blog: Cleaning and maintaining your ice machine.

*There are variations on this, but the end result is the same – the water is frozen in a clear condition without contaminants or air to make it cloudy.


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Refrigerator Ice Makers and Water Dispensers

Choices Abound for New Dispenser Model Refrigerators

Dispenser-Model-Refer

One of the decisions you'll need to make when selecting a new refrigerator has to do with ice makers as well as ice and water dispensers. Many refrigerators these days come equipped with factory-installed icemakers. Refrigerator models without ice makers may even have connections for ice makers to be added later.

But there are a host of additional decisions to be made with respect to ice makers and water dispensers when choosing a new refrigerator. Let's start with the ice maker itself. Some models have their ice makers located in the door, conveniently freeing up storage space in the freezer…and inconveniently reducing the refrigerator door shelf storage. Other refrigerators free up that door space and put the ice maker in the freezer bin, thereby reducing freezer storage space. What is your preference?

There are even refrigerators that come with 2 ice makers for extra ice when you have parties. Do you often run out of ice? In researching this, I found that one manufacturer offers a spare ice container so that you could remove the ice container from the refrigerator to use as an ice bucket while the spare container allows you to keep making ice while you are using ice from the other container. Handy!

Then there are the dispenser issues. Do you prefer ice and water to be dispensed through an external dispenser, or do you like a refrigerator with doors free from the visual interruption of a bulky dispenser?

Internal-Dispenser

Internal Dispenser

Some people are worried about water leaking from the exterior dispenser and damaging their hardwood floor, and prefer refrigerators with internal dispensers. Others simply like the nice clean look of a refrigerator with no visible dispenser.

Many external ice makers allow you to flip a switch to dispense crushed ice vs. cubed. The choices seem infinite. GE® has a refrigerator that will dispense hot water as well as cold water, and even brew a cup of coffee from an accessory Keurig® attachment.

GE-Dispenser

Of course, the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply will have all the details on the latest refrigerator designs.


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Refrigerator Use and Care: Icemaker Issues

Refrigerator Icemaker Issues

1. Clearing ice that is clogged in your icemaker bin or mechanism.

It is not unusual for ice cubes to occasionally freeze or clump together in a corner of the ice bucket. Don’t use a knife or other sharp metal device to pry the ice from the bin. You might very well damage your ice bin. The easy and simple way to remove clogged ice cubes no matter where they are in the ice bin is to remove the ice bin from the freezer, turn off the icemaker, and let the ice thaw out. This method works well and avoids damage to your ice bin.

2. Too much ice production or icemaker doesn’t shut off. Not enough ice or icemaker isn’t producing ice.

Issues with insufficient ice production can somtimes be caused if the freezer temperature is too high. Make sure the icemaker is holding a temperature near zero. Refrigerators that are out of level can also have reduced ice production because some of the cube molds don’t fill with water.

If your icemaker doesn’t stop making ice when the bin is full, check the shutoff arm. It could be stuck in an open position. Release the lever and remove excess ice cubes. Similarly, if your icemaker isn’t making ice, the shutoff arm could be stuck in the off position.

If the problem isn’t with the icemaker shutoff arm, examine your water supply line for leaks or kinks. Adjust the water valve for more flow if necessary.

Finally, the filter may be clogged and need replacing.

3. Ice tastes bad.

Clean the ice bucket and the ice tray. Test water in water supply line. Replace the water filter if necessary.

This is part of an ongoing series on refrigerator use and care. Click links below to related blogs:

Refrigerator water filters

Moisture in the refrigerator

 


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SubZero/Wolf Shows Innovation at KBIS 2012 (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show)

1. Sub-Zero, Inc., the industry leader in premium refrigeration, showed its new Internal Ice and Water Dispenser models at KBIS pointing out that these new models provide consumers with the benefits of ice and water dispensing technology without sacrificing kitchen aesthetic. Customers can achieve an integrated look, with the ice and water dispenser hidden inside the refrigerator.

 

 

2. Sub-Zero also introduced a new French door refrigerator  product configuration that allows for greater design flexibility and accessibility throughout the kitchen.

3. Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances previewed the new Smart Appliance App and Smart Appliance Module, to integrate into Control4® wireless home control systems. The Smart Appliance App builds on the premise that today’s consumers are looking for solutions that enhance their lifestyle, and every busy home chef knows having an alert system that allows meals to be monitored from anywhere in the home is just that.

The system’s functions include notifications of pre-heat and timer completion, current oven temperature, and knowing when meals are finished cooking based on the internal temperature probe’s reading. System alerts can notify homeowners when the refrigerator door has been left open, helping to prevent temperature variances that lead to food spoilage. The app can also maximize energy efficiency by lowering the refrigerator’s power consumption at different times of day.

Specific lifestyle needs and preferences such as increasing ice production prior to entertaining, saving energy in vacation mode and choosing the Sabbath mode for religious observances can also be met by the software. “Today’s mobile devices are aiding mainstream adoption of connected home technology,” said Susan Cashen, senior vice president of marketing for Control4. “Consumers want to be able to monitor and control everything in their home anywhere, at any time. With Control4 and the new Smart Appliance App and Smart Appliance Module, homeowners can effortlessly manage their Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.”