The next step after purchasing your undercounter ice maker is installing the unit in your home or place of business. Although it is strongly suggested that you not only have a licensed plumber install your unit but that you also follow the installation instructions stated in your owner’s manual, we have a few tips that, if followed closely, will help the process go smoothly.
1. Environmental Concerns
It is imperative that the ambient temperature surrounding your ice maker is above 50°F but below 85°F year-round. Furthermore, it is important that your ice maker be protected from environmental elements, such as rain, wind, water sprays or drips.
It is recommended that you place the ice machine away from appliances that give off a significant amount of heat, such as an oven, grill or even a dishwasher.
2. Water Concerns
It is also imperative that the water temperature being used in the ice maker is between 45°F and 85°F year-round.
Before installation, you should make sure that your water pressure is at a minimum of 15 psig with a static pressure that does not exceed 80 psig.
3. Level Ground
It is important to know that in order to function properly, the ice maker must be either leveled using the leveling legs or placed onto already leveled ground.
4. Clearance Requirements
It is prudent to provide a clearance of 2/5 in. in the back of the unit, 1 in. on the top and 1/5 in. on each side of the unit. This space allows for adequate service access and ventilation.
5. Discard 1st Batch
Although most units are cleaned at their factory, it is recommended that you discard the first batch of ice made by the ice maker.
If you follow these 5 tips and also use a licensed plumber to install your ice maker, you will have a smooth, no-fuss installation process and will be enjoying ice in no time at all.
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- Undercounter vs. Portable Ice Makers: Pros & Cons of Each
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