Under Counter Ice Machines and Ice Makers
Choosing an Ice Machine or Ice Maker at UAKC
If you find yourself going through more ice than your refrigerator's icemaker can produce, it may be time to consider getting a separate unit to make your ice. Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) has Southern California's best availabilty and lowest prices for undercounter ice machines and icemakers. There are two basic types of ice producing appliances available.
Undercounter icemakers work on the same principle as the icemaker in a refrigerator. They are actually downsized freezers that have an icemaker built in. The icemaker consists of a tray that fills with water. The water freezes into cubes, and the icemaker “harvests” the cubes by dumping them into a container in the bottom of the freezer. The process repeats itself until the container fills with ice. Then the icemaker quits making ice until the ice level in the container starts to drop. The ice cubes are kept frozen by a cooling unit in the icemaker.
An ice machine has a metal mold or cold plate. Water is continually sprayed upward onto the cold plate and freezes. Contaminants in the water fall off leaving clear ice. Heat is then used to separate the clear cubes from the mold or plate and the cubes fall into the bin below. Unlike an icemaker, an ice machine has no separate cooling unit to keep the ice cubes frozen. The ice machine continues to replenish the ice supply as the cubes melt. In addition to having clear cubes, the cubes in an ice machine will not stick together. Ice machines need either a gravity-drain or a pump connected to a drain.
Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center has a great selection of undercounter ice machines and icemakers to fit all budgets. Brands available include Danby, Electrolux, GE Monogram, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Marvel, Maytag, Perlick, Scotsman, Sub Zero, Summit, Uline, Viking, and Whirlpool.
Contact the professionals at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for more information on undercounter ice machines and icemakers, or other major appliances and plumbing fixtures.
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