Once upon a time, if someone wanted ice, an ice tray had to be filled by hand and placed in the freezer. Thankfully, refrigerator ice makers came along to make the job easier. Easier, that is, until the ice maker isn’t producing enough ice.
Have you noticed that your ice maker doesn’t produce enough ice to get you through a dinner party? Or maybe you’ve noticed that the bin is empty after only filling a few cups. While the amount of ice your refrigerator ice maker produces is consistent, the variations in usage could make you think that the ice maker isn’t producing enough ice. This is especially true during the warm summer months.
Daily Ice Maker Production Based on Refrigerator Style
A full glass of ice takes about 10-12 ice cubes. This means that your refrigerator ice maker will produce enough ice for about 6-8 glasses during a 24-hour cycle.
Needless to say, if you’ve set the table for 8 party guests, your refrigerator ice maker will be empty. It will take about 90 minutes for the ice maker to produce a new round of ice, which will only be enough for 1-2 refills!
*Refrigerators with a “Quick Ice” feature can increase ice production by nearly 50% (compared to the estimations above). These estimations do not include ice being held in ice buckets after production. Depending on the model, these buckets can store anywhere between 3-10 lbs of ice.
Keep in mind, poor refrigerator maintenance can negatively affect ice production. Remember to regularly replace your water filer (once every 6 months). When it’s neglected, sentiment can build up in the water filter and clog water flow to the ice maker. In addition, it’s a good idea to clean your condenser coils once every 6 months to help your fridge run as efficiently as possible.
Also, be sure your refrigerator/freezer temperature settings are set properly. Ideal freezer conditions for ice production are between 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit. When your freezer gets higher than 10 degrees, you risk ice maker inefficiencies (or failure). So check your temperature knob to ensure it’s in the proper temperature zone. If your refrigerator model doesn’t display freezer temperatures, we highly recommend investing in a temperature gauge. The temperature is not only good to know for ice production purposes, but also to maintain ideal conditions for your food in the freezer.
When you’ve performed this maintenance and suspect that your refrigerator is producing less than the estimates listed, there’s one more thing you can check. Ice production can vary based on the brand. Therefore, in order get the most accurate figures, check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.
If you’re still concerned about your ice maker after checking those things, it’s best to contact a professional technician to evaluate your situation. For ice maker repair in Maricopa County, AZ, contact us here at Tiger Mechanical for fast service.