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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Gifts for your Appliances

Holiday Appliance Tips for the New Year

So you think that you have all your holiday shopping done? Think again. You must buy some Christmas presents for your appliances. The appliance guru insists!

Refrigerator – I replace my water filter once a year (unless it needs to be done sooner. see blog link below.)

Replacing Refrigerator Water Filters

The end of year works out good for me so that I don't forget it. Just add it to your shopping list. While your at it, you may have other filters in your refrigerator that you want to replace also. Look for an air filter in the refrigerator compartment, and a charcoal filter in one or more of the crispers.

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Refrigerator Water Filter

Oven – You're not going to want to hear this, but after the company has left and before the Super Bowl, you might want to look at your oven interior. Time to clean the oven? **Merry Christmas Oven**

Dishwasher – How often do you clean the filter in the sump of your dishwasher?…Shame on you – you've been naughty. While it should be cleaned regularly, Santa will forgive you if you take about 2 minutes to remove this filter, clean it, and rinse it out.

Washer – The one thing I'd recommend that you do for your washing machine is to examine the hoses. Make sure the connections aren't corroded and that the hoses aren't split or cracked. Replace if necessary.

Dryer – I know that you clean your dryer filter regularly :-), but did you know that lint build up in the dryer vent is the number one cause of house fires. If the vent has never been examined take a look, and pull out any accumulation of lint in the vent line with a coat hanger or even a vacuum. If the vent line is long and has elbows, you may need to get professional help.

These are just a few tips to help your appliances as they head into the New Year – ready to give you another great year of service.


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When do you replace your refrigerator water filter?

Refrigerator Water Filters

Are they a ripoff?

I’ve been doing some research on refrigerator water filters in connection with another project, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the results with you. Refrigerators with built-in water filters have become commonplace over the last 20 years.

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Refrigerator water filters are mostly carbon block filters. They do a decent job of filtering out larger contaminants and making your water taste good and odor free. They’re a step above the filters used with water pitchers, or attached to your faucet, but not as good as reverse osmosis (RO) systems.

If you have RO water in your house, and supplied to your refrigerator water line, that is great. Remove your refrigerator water filter and replace the filter with the plug that came with your refrigerator, i.e. no more refrigerator water filter. The RO system will provide RO water to your icemaker and water dispenser on the fridge. This eliminates the money spent on refrigerator filters, and assures a decent water flow rate through your refrigerator.

Without reverse osmosis water, you’ll need to pay attention to the replacement of your water filter. Recognize that refrigerator manufacturers DO have a vested interest in selling filters. Filters are quite profitable, and a nice source of added income after the sale. It does seem that more and more refrigerators have water filters that need to be replaced after 6 months, rather than the 1 year filters that used to be more common. .

Most refrigerators illuminate a warning light when the time to replace your filter is about to occur or has occurred. Some refrigerators measure both the flow of water through the refrigerator and track the time between filter replacements and warn you based on whichever comes first.

My new refrigerator has a filter that should be replaced every 6 months. The stated filter capacity is 200 gallons. The cost of a replacement filter is $40 = $80 per year if I replace every 6 months.

I’m fairly certain that 200 gallons of water won’t pass through my refrigerator in 6 months. I’m also certain that this filter will not degrade much in 6 months. How can you tell? Check for reduced water flow or smaller ice cubes. That could mean your filter is clogging up and it’s time for a new one.

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Here is my plan:

I’ll replace the filter when I can tell that it needs it based on observable reduction in water flow or at 1 year. That’s twice the recommended time period, but should be OK. This is just a personal choice and not a recommendation of Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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