We will talk in a moment about how to determine your ice needs. The ice maker machine is a refrigeration unit. Ice is made when a pump circulates water from a tank. The water passes through the tube to a freezing set, which freezes it in a single sheet. The frozen sheet is crumbled or forced through a screen to produce ice cubes. Different types of screens produce different sizes and shapes of cubes. After the ice is crushed or cubed, it is automatically poured into a storage container. A sensor inside the machine turns it off until there is room to make and store more ice. Since most parts of the ice maker come into direct contact with water, it is important that the components are made of rustproof materials.

Icemaker capacity is determined by the number of pounds of ice the unit can produce in a 24 hour period. However, the production of any machine (and the quality of the ice itself) will be affected by several factors: the temperature of the incoming water. The ideal is 50 degrees Fahrenheit; Warmer water makes the machine work harder. Room temperature. The ideal is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If installed in an environment that has an ambient temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, consider purchasing a unit with a water-cooled condenser to compensate for hot, humid, or grease-laden air. Incoming water pressure. The minimum water pressure should be 20 pounds per square inch (psi); The recommended pressure is between 45 and 55 psi.

Anything greater than 80 psi will cause a malfunction—water quality. Hard water will make the machine run slower and almost always needs some kind of pre-treatment before the water enters the machine. The fewer minerals and chemicals in the water, the faster and harder it will freeze, and the slower it will melt. Filtering is almost always a good idea. Carefully read the manufacturer's output statements, and you will see that they are often based on ideal conditions: incoming water temperature 50 degrees Fahrenheit and ambient air temperature 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In general, a 10-degree increase in air temperature means that daily ice production decreases by 10 percent.

No matter where the ice maker is located, you need a source of cold water and drainage. Particularly critical is an inch air gap between the ice maker drain line and the nearest floor drain. It is a necessary precaution to prevent the backflow of dirty water to the ice bin. Wherever you install the ice maker, your local health department will require proper piping. A recessed floor underneath the unit is also recommended. Along with close drainage, this ensures that the spilled ice does not melt on the floor and cause accidents. A smart option is to install an inlet cooler along with your ice maker. About the size of a home fire extinguisher, it collects the water that would normally be discharged from the ice maker to the drain. Instead, the water first recirculates through a series of copper coils in a chamber containing fresh water on its way to the ice factory.

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I am Malik Nauman, a reputed guest blogger, who has been in this profession for about 6 years now. I have been sharing my opinions and contributing to varied websites.