Introduction to Igloo Ice Maker
Igloo ice maker comes in as the top rated portable ice makers on the market. The interesting thing about that is that there really only two models. They just come in several different colors. The colors that are available make it the most popular because you can easily incorporate it into the design plan of your kitchen, both inside and outside kitchens. They are durable and reliant. Most of these ice makers last for 3-5 years. Even when they go out, they are not trash. You can turn them into Igloo and they will refurbish them. Igloo ice makers have few issues that cannot be resolved by trouble shooting on your own.
Here are the two Igloo ice makers that are available on the market. Both of them come in a variety of color options, but black, silver, and red are the most popular.
With a 2.3-quart water reservoir, this igloo ice machine offers you the ability to have plenty of ice with minimal work. The ice bin fills very quickly with the 6-minute water to ice cycle. The LCD screen shows you when you need to add water and when you need to dump the ice. You can easily run this igloo ice machine 24 hour a day to have a constant flow of ice. If you don’t dump the ice bin, it will melt right back into the reservoir and be recycled into ice once again.
One of the best pros to this machine is the design. It is sleek and compact. The ice bin sits directly over the reservoir. You can sit it anywhere that you can plug it in. It is fast, in fact you can get 26 pounds in a day. This is the machine to take camping with you, it fits anywhere and it small enough that cleaning it is simple. You can get it in a variety of color options so that it easily blends with the décor of your home or office
The cons of this Igloo ice machine are no different than any other portable ice maker, it isn’t refrigerated and doesn’t have a built in water line. That shouldn’t keep you from investing in this machine, because if you solve this problem it will no longer be portable.
For simplicity and ease of use, this Ice Maker is the way to go. If you follow the directions, including the set up process, you can have more than enough ice to keep your drinks cool, no matter where you are. It works about the same as all other models, you fill it with water and you get ice. The functionality of this ice maker is at its prime when you let it produce ice as you need it, rather than expecting it to store ice as you go. It has great design, with the fan on the side, so that it can fit anywhere that you want to put it. This is a great machine to put in your office because it runs quiet.
Pros for the machine are its quick ability to produce enough ice to supply a party or office. You could even take it camping with you and easily keep your ice chest full of ice. It is quiet and runs flawlessly. The controls are easy to use and let you know when to fill it with water and when you need to dump the ice bin. You have the ability to choose 3 different types of ice. The ice comes in hollow bullets that don’t melt as fast as the smaller pellets. These are the ideal type of ice to make smoothies with.
The con to this machine has to be the size. It has an oversize bucket, which is perfect when you need a lot of ice. The oversize bucket means that the overall size of the ice maker is larger than other ice makers. It will still fit on most countertops, but it does take up a lot of room on the countertop itself.
Tips on using your Igloo Ice Machine
When you get your ice maker, you need to let it sit upright on the countertop for at least a few hours. The refrigerant has to settle. Then you need to give it a good cleaning. You will need to run a cleaning solution through a cycle followed by a cycle of just plain water to rinse the machine. You also need to remove all the moving pieces and clean them in warm soapy water to remove in packing material or dust from the machine. You will want to clean once every three months, depending on the water that you use. Filtered water will be better for your machine. It will cause less stress and build up on your machine. If you use filtered water, you will get better ice. The clearer your ice, the better quality of your water. These machines do not have the ability to add on a filter. It is up to you to control the quality of your ice.
Should you notice that your ice tastes funny or that you have funny smell coming from your ice, clean your machine. This will clear your machine of any debris, including dust, so that your machine works its best. You never want to add juice or flavoring syrup to your machine. This will cause your moving parts to get sticky or stop working altogether.
If you are in a hurry, or want harder ice, try using chilled filtered water in your machine. You will notice that this will help your machine to move through cycles more quickly.
There are times where the indicator light tends to stay on. Simply unplug your machine. Wait three to five minutes and plug your machine back in. This will reset your machine and get your indicator light to go off.
How to fix your Igloo Ice Maker in case of a problem :
These ice makers aren’t perfect. No kitchen device is going to work flawlessly for months without a single problem. You will find that these machines are pretty simple to trouble shoot. A lot of the problems have the same trouble shooting steps so it might be worth looking at as it could save you some time and money should you have any issues.
First common problem is that the indicator light fails to let you know when your ice bin is full. Now, you could have the reverse problem. You indicator light may never go off. This is very frustrating, but there are two ways that USUALLY fix it. Solution one is to unplug the ice maker for 6 whole hours. Let it completely and totally sit idle. Clean it with a wet microfiber towel. Then dry it with a clean microfiber towel. Then turn it back on. Run as normal. This should fix your problem. In as much as 75% of the time, this is going to fix the problem. It just needed a hard reset. This will help to reset the cycle so that the lights are turned off. It pretty much tells the machine that it needs to start over.
The second solution to this problem is to hold down the cycle button for 30 seconds or until the light goes off. This can be followed by either turning the ice maker off or unplugging it if it doesn’t work. It is noteworthy to express that this does not commonly fix the problem. It is almost always recommended to follow up with solution one. Which is why it is listed as solution one, it is the best way to fix it.
For you extremist, there is another solution. It is solution X. It requires a screw driver, and it will completely wipe out your warranty so proceed with caution. It is not recommended. You shouldn’t open your Ice maker. However, there is a chance that the little LED indicator light that is hiding within has been compromised. It may be wet. It may be rusty. It may be gone. You don’t know unless you look.
Here is what you are going to do. Dry your Igloo ice machine completely and totally. Turn it upside down. Take off the four screws. They are Philips head so you shouldn’t have to buy any extra tools. Now, there is a metal plate on the machine with a window. In that window you will see a light. That is your indicator light. In some cases, you can just tighten the loose screw that holds the LED light into place. You may also be able to just wipe it down with a microfiber towel. That will remove any water build up that is on it. In other cases, you may need to buy a replacement bulb. These bulbs are hard to find. Here is the extreme part. You can override the light all together. You will need an understanding of electricity or it is going to be a waste of your time because it just isn’t going to make it work. You won’t find the exact direction to do the override because if you don’t understand the electrical process then it is hard to explain.
Your next problem is an easy one. Your quality of ice has declined. Perhaps your ice is still there but it is thin, melts too easily, or just smells funny. You will need to drain your ice machine totally and completely. You will want to dry it with a microfiber towel. Microfiber will not leave the lent in your machine. You need to take apart every single moving part that there is. Remove the ice tray. Now you will want to soak the ice tray for a good hour in either a premade cleaning solution or a little vinegar and water. That will get any residue or build up off your tray.
Once you have soaked your ice bin and moveable parts, you can begin to clean the rest of your machine. All you have to do is run the cleaning solution through it and throw away the ice. Then you need to run plain and clean water and run it and throw out the ice. Once you do this, you will find the quality of your ice will have greatly improved. In all honesty, you have to do this every three months as regular maintenance.
How you can treat your self and others using Ice Machine [RECIPE]
Summer is a great time for using your ice maker. There is nothing better than a cold drink on a hot day. However, the advantage of having an Igloo ice maker is the unlimited supply of ice to make smoothies with. It is something that is so super easy that you will find yourself making them over and over.
½ cup blue berries
1 cup milk
3 cups of ice
This so super easy. All you need to do is slice the fruit into bite size pieces and put it all of the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass. Add a straw. Enjoy. This is a recipe that is completely customizable. You can pick any fruit or vegetable and make a smoothie. You can even add a cup of coffee. You just have to make really sure that you allow the coffee to completely cool before you add it to the blender otherwise it is just going to melt your ice.
The longer that you own your ice maker, the more ideas you are going to have for using the ice. You will find that it becomes part of your everyday life so much that eventually you will wonder how you get by without it. From everyday drinks and supplying parties to first aid and smoothies ice makers are full of unlimited uses. They are perfect additions to pool houses, rvs, and even fishing trips because as long as you have a gallon of water and electricity, you have ice. It really is that easy to use your Igloo ice machine.