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Ice Maker Buying Advice

An icemaker is a device used to make ice and it is often found inside a freezer. Ice machine is a lager piece of electric standalone appliance for making large quantities of ice. Not too many years ago, if people wanted to keep food cold, they had to buy ice from an ice delivery service, which obtained ice from an industrial refrigeration plant. The price of ice was relatively expensive for ordinary people. In an equatorial country, you might live your whole life without even seeing a piece of ice. This situation all changed in the early 20th century when compact refrigerator made it possible for new means of food preservation and ice production into the home and corner store. In the 1960s, newly invented automatic icemaker machines came into the market and made life even easier.

Ice Maker
Before the invention of automatic icemaker machine, the ice-making job was mostly done by the home refrigerator. It's fairly obvious how it works: you pour water into a mold, leave it in the freezer until it turns to a solid and then extract the ice cubes. Even nowadays, refrigerator still makes a good icemaker for most families, especially for those families whose demand for ice is little.

An icemaker does exactly the same thing, but the production process of pouring water and extracting cubes is fully automated. Most icemakers use an electric motor, an electrically operated water valve and an electrical heating unit. To provide power to all these elements, you have to connect your icemaker up to the plumbing line in your house, to provide fresh water for making all the ice cubes. The power line and the water-intake tube are linked to the icemaker through a hole in its back. Most conventional icemakers even have water drains to let out all the waste water.

In the market, there are two main home icemaker varieties according to its location, namely built-in icemaker (or under-counter icemaker) and free-standing ice-maker. Most built-in icemakers require a water line connection while no drain is needed for greater installation ease and flexibility. Different from the built-in icemakers, a typical modern free-standing ice-maker is free from both water line and drain. Water is directly put into the reservoir by hand which makes it not only ideal for use at home but also on picnics, tailgate parties, outdoor get-togethers, while camping or any other high-demand applications. Some newly designed icemakers are time-and-effort saving by installing a self-cleaning mode into the machine.

Buying Tips:
To be a wise purchaser of home icemaker, you should take the following aspects into consideration before making your choice. Do you really need one icemaker machine with the refrigerator which can also serve you ice still functioning in your kitchen? Where do you like to put the icemaker, on the counter or under the counter? If you prefer a built-in one, is there any spare drawer with water outlet and power plug in which you can install the device? At the same time, think about the amount of ice cubes you need to make and get one with enough capacity for your normal demand.

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