How Often Should You Empty Your Ice Maker?

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The ice maker is a feature found in many modern refrigerators. It can make producing fresh, icy cubes of ice a breeze. The problem is that there are many different models on the market and some of them produce more ice than others.

This means that you may have to empty your ice maker often if it produces 4 or 5 cubes per day. Other models produce only 1 or 2 cubes per day, which means you won’t have to empty it nearly as often. Here is how to know what kind of ice maker you have and how often you should empty it:

What Type of Ice Maker Do You Have?

There are three major types of ice makers. There is a standalone ice maker which is a traditional ice maker that plugs directly into your appliance. They tend to be the least expensive of the three types. The next type is a prep-maker which is also a standalone ice maker.

They use a heating element that you plug into your wall or your dishwasher to create ice. The third type is the wall mounted type. These require a water source or, in the case of the model below, the ice maker sits on the wall. They are typically more expensive and less energy efficient than the wall mount type.

Many brands have different models of ice maker that come in different sizes, either for inside the fridge or outside. The model shown below has 4 buckets that are placed inside the door of your fridge.

How Often Should You Empty Your Ice Maker?

Prolonged space between ice cubes could lead to ice crystals forming on the sides of the cubes. Prolonged time between uses could allow bacterial growth on the inside of the cube and water leak through to the refrigerator floor. Only certain models are designed to handle corrosive ice, which you don’t want if you don’t want to have a melted mess when you get home from work.

If the tray where the ice cubes fall out is cracked or chipped, bacteria could grow in the tray, or more ice cubes could get loose and fall onto the floor.  If you want to see if the ice maker is running, look for a small LCD display panel near the front. The screen can show you how much ice is left in your cubes and how much water is in the container.

If you have an ice maker that produces 3 to 5 cubes per day

This means you’ll need to empty it twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) if you have an ice maker that produces 4 or more cubes per day This means you’ll need to empty it once a day (in the morning and at night)

So how much do you really use ice cubes? Let’s use the example above where a 3-day ice cube production output of 4 cubes per day and a 4-day production output of 8 cubes per day are assumed to be identical (to the consumer).

That means that one user will use 4 ice cubes in the morning, 1 ice cube in the afternoon, and 1 ice cube at night. The second user will only use 1 ice cube at lunchtime, 2 ice cubes in the afternoon, and 1 ice cube at night.

If you have an ice maker that produces 1 to 3 cubes per day

If you have an ice maker that produces 4 to 5 cubes per day If you have an ice maker that produces 6 to 8 cubes per day If you have an ice maker that produces 9 or more cubes per day Ice maker drains should not be as frequent as models that produce 5 cubes per day.

If you have to empty your ice maker frequently, then you may need to invest in a new one. If your ice maker does not come with a simple way to empty it, then you can either buy a drain-line disconnect for your refrigerator or go old-school and empty it manually. If you do choose to empty it manually, then follow these steps. Get a garbage can that fits inside the freezer compartment.

Conclusion

Hopefully this is helpful. If you run into any questions, just leave them in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed the post and have a great day!

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