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Anyone else NOT use their icemaker?

Posted by sail-away (My Page) on
Tue, May 28, 13 at 12:17

I just got to wondering whether I'm the only holdout left who doesn't hook up the refrigerator icemaker. Many, many years ago, we got our first refrigerator with icemaker, and the ice was terrible tasting---something about the frost-free affecting the taste, I was told. So when we got our next refrigerator, with icemaker, we just never hooked it up. Fast forward to today, and we are planning to replace the refrigerator (22 y/o) before it gives out on us. When we do, we dont plan to hook up the icemaker---not because we think the ice will taste bad, but because it seems to be the #1 cause of repairs for refrigerators and we don't want the bother or expense.

So, much like people who decide not to have a DW and don't miss it, we figure we won't miss what we've never had.

I do have a related question: Is it possible to remove the icemaker from the freezer portion of the refrigerator and reclaim that area for storage in the freezer? I once read that you can get a ''kit'' of some sort to do this, but I've never seen any such kit anywhere.


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RE: Anyone else NOT use their icemaker?

We bought our first ever fridge with ice maker for our new kitchen. I can't believe I lived without one for so long! My ice tastes great. Well, it's tasteless, really. Just wonderful, frozen, simple, plentiful, effortless ice. I didn't use much ice before the new fridge because I live in a colder climate and messing with dripping trays of water being carried across the room from the sink to the fridge was a PITA. Having to buy a bag of ice for a small summer party was annoying. I thoroughly enjoy my ice maker now! What I wouldn't, and didn't, do was to get an in-door dispenser for ice.


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We never liked our parents ice-maker ice for that reason and never had one until recently. It is hooked up to our filtered water and has its own bin. Love it when it is working properly. Very clean tasting.
They can usually be removed or opted at the sale to not be included on many models. The only way to know for sure is to get the manufacturer on the phone and ask. Call again if the answer is not sufficient and they will usually refer you to their service dept.
I would not rely on a sales dept in a store. I usually know more about what they are selling than they do.
I've tried to get my mother to bag it up and store it in her deep freeze to not only fill up empty space and use the old for keeping things cool for travel, but to have somewhat fresher ice when we visit. It also takes up so much room in her freezer!


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We never liked our parents ice-maker ice for that reason and never had one until recently. It is hooked up to our filtered water and has its own bin. Love it when it is working properly. Very clean tasting.
They can usually be removed or opted at the sale to not be included on many models. The only way to know for sure is to get the manufacturer on the phone and ask. Call again if the answer is not sufficient and they will usually refer you to their service dept.
I would not rely on a sales dept in a store. I usually know more about what they are selling than they do.
I've tried to get my mother to bag it up and store it in her deep freeze to not only fill up empty space and use the old for keeping things cool for travel, but to have somewhat fresher ice when we visit. It also takes up so much room in her freezer!


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You aren't the only one. We didn't connect the icemaker to our current fridge (22 years ago), and we won't connect the new fridge we're getting this month. It was a bit of a challenge to find a fridge without a water dispenser - I don't see paying for a feature I won't use.

Our neighbors had a flood when the water line to the fridge ruptured or disconnected. In two days the leak ruined their kitchen flooring, base cabinets, and their entire finished basement - carpet, baseboards, drywall. Even though it was covered by insurance, it was a huge inconvenience. Since then I've heard several similar incidents, and they've scared me off icemakers altogether.


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We didn't have our hooked up for a few years. Now that it is we love it. We have a whole house water filter. No taste. I would give it another try if you can filter the water.


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I never had one until about a year and a half ago. I won't be happy with out now. I did have issues connecting it wit the plastic hose I had to go get copper water line as the plastic kept bursting off at the connection point to the fridge as soon as I turned the valve on. I did not get a dispenser for ice and water on the door though I wanted that. I got an internal water tap and ice bin in the freezer. They can still break but there is a little less to break than having it in the door. The ice and water is filtered so it always tastes good.


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We have always had one and always will. We go through a pile of ice and cannot imagine not having one. When hooked up properly it is as safe as anything else that has water including your kitchen sink. I wouldn't not have one because "what if..." I can honestly say that in 20+ years and probably 6 or 7 fridges we have never had to service one... knock on wood... It is kinda like having an air conditioner or??? and not hooking it up because "what if" it breaks and needs repairs...


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What if you get hit by a flying man hole cover...


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Funny you asked this just now, because I just asked DH yesterday whether I was wrong not to have the plumbing run over in case we ever wanted to get a fridge with an ice maker. He said that he can not imagine ever needing an ice maker or water dispenser. Since I don't feel the necessity of one either, when the time comes we'll try to get a fridge without one, too. Seems like a nice-to-have, but in my small kitchen, I'd rather have more fridge/freezer capacity.

My parents have a built-in fridge from 1980, when their house was built. (I know - does anything last that long any more?) The ice maker stopped working years ago, although the fridge itself keeps working like a champ.


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We use a lot of ice. For a while, we had a stand alone icemaker and didn't use the one in the fridge. The stand alone needs a new pump so rather than spend $$ on the repair, we plugged the fridge unit back it.

Be careful when removing the icemaker. I did that to our extra fridge and found out that the thermostat doesn't work without the icemaker plugged in. We had a power surge and the spare fridge did not come back on. I plugged the icemaker back in and it works just fine. I don't have water to it so it's not making ice but make a note of this. I'm sure you could get something to plug in it's place and reclaim the space.


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Did not hook mine up and do not care about refrigerated water, either. I bought a 22 cu. ft. KA FD model last fall. It came with an automatic ice maker as did virtually everything else I looked at. Have had no luck finding a "DIY-able" kit for removing it. I just turn it off and remove the tray/container.

On the infrequent occasions when I need ice cubes, I just use an ice tray for small quantities. When I need ice for for one of my big coolers, I need a lot more than the icemaker could produce and I want a big block, anyway.

OTOH, I have friends for whom a refrigerator is a nice add-on to their ice and water dispensers.

On the subject that Rentalux raised, I'm not sure if Rentalux meant to suggest that it is rare that refirgerators will ruin a house or that that ice-maker breakdowns are as rare as flying manhole covers.

A couple of statistics tell me otherwise on the latter. A few years back, when GE and Kenmore were sourcing fridges from LG, serious problem rates hit 25% on models with plumbing for ice-makers and ice-maker/water dispensers, according to surveys of Consumer Reports members. LG fridges without ice or water dispeners ran about a 10% problem rate. Last year. when GE began building its own fridges again and LG did a lot of work on quality control, the serious problem rate was lowered to 16%, which was still 60% higher than for the non-dispenser models. Whirlpool/KA/Maytag/Amana refrigerator products have been significantly more reliable, but its ice-maker fridges (BF, FD and SxS) show a significanly higher problem rate.

This post was edited by JWVideo on Wed, May 29, 13 at 14:27


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I had quit using the one in my old fridge as the ice tasted nasty. Still not using that one. I've since installed a whole house water filtration system and am using the one in the new Sub/Z (which also has a filter). I find that if we don't use ice very often it will still pick up some 'flavors', I put them in the dog bowels, they don't complain. On those rare occasions when we use a lot we just buy a couple bags.


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I can't believe the dogs don't complain when you put ice in their bowels. :)


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LOL, palimpsest. That's quite the mental picture, isn't it?

Just ribbin' ya, Mistman!


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Our refrigerator has a internal, replaceable filter but in addition to that my husband added a big one to the water line, so our ice and water is double filtered... it tastes great. I cannot imagine being without one.


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okay, okay, ya got me on that one ;)

I'm sure there would be a little more than complaining going on.......


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Years ago the water/ice from the fridges did taste bad. When we moved to this house 12 years ago we got a Side by Side fridge with the water/ice dispenser - it is filtered water and is wonderful. Could not do without it - we use a lot of ice, and I use the filtered water to make iced tea every day. Just replaced the fridge with a Kenmore Elite FD and it is terrific - the ice cubes are smaller than the old KA fridge, better to fit into smaller glasses - and the water comes out so cold and in a nice stream.
For those who haven't tried it, it's not 1990 anymore...

This post was edited by Caya26 on Wed, May 29, 13 at 21:59


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Interesting, informative, and amusing responses here. I enjoyed reading them all. As I stated in my opening paragraph, I don't think that the ice or water would taste bad now (we have several friends with icemakers/water dispensers and they all taste just fine). However, I have read repeatedly that the icemaker is a known reason for many, if not the majority, of refrigerator repairs. We do have the plumbing installed to hook up the water dispenser/icemaker, but we don't use enough ice to make it worth it to us. If I had lived with an icemaker and water dispenser previously, then maybe I would find it more indispensable, but we're all happy without it, so we're not going to miss it. Nor will we miss the service calls and costs to repair one that's not working.

I do think the concern about a flooded kitchen is a valid point. We have had more than one friend have to replace the floor (and subfloor) in their kitchen due to an undetected water leak or a leak that occurred while they were out of town. While I wouldn't stop driving a car because I have many friends who have had car accidents, that is because driving is a necessity to me---far more important than having instant ice or cold water. I would be hard pressed to get along without being able to drive independently. Going without an icemaker, however, is a viable option for me because it's simply not that important to me. Maybe I don't know what I'm missing, but that's fine, too.And the added fact that not having one will ensure against a leaking water line causing damage to kitchen and basement is just a bonus.

I don't think there's one right or wrong answer. I was just wondering if any others had made the same choice I have. Now I know that, while in the minority, I'm not alone.

Thanks for the words of caution about removing the icemaker. I will definitely contact the manufacturer before doing so. If we need to leave it in, that will be okay---I'd rather do that than risk problems for just a little more room in the freezer.


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If you don't think you will use or need it then by all means why waste the $$$ hooking it up. I was just saying that one shouldn't not do something because "what if"... When hooked up properly the chances of flooding are greatly reduced. When I have researched appliances in the past it is easy to get caught up in all the negative reviews on virtually all appliances. It can be paralyzing. Eventually you have to just bite the bullet and do what is best for you and only you.

I have a close friend that cannot and will not purchase anything for fear of getting a lemon or a better model coming along after he buys something or a negative review on a forum somewhere. I am usually his test pilot for anything he is forced to buy. :-)

Anything and everything WILL eventually break down, this we know for certain...

Best of luck with what you decide!

R


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Good points.


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rentaltux, I can certainly relate to the paralysis that comes with trying to research and buy appliances. Just when I thought I'd made a decision, I'd find a bunch of negative information and move on to the next possibility. I received a lot of good advice here, but I think the one that made the biggest difference and enabled me to make a choice was when someone pointed out that they ALL have negatives---from the most deluxe to the entry level appliances---so, after some research, just find the features you want in your price range and get it. We researched as best we could and then chose our favorites from what we had narrowed down our list to.


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Sailaway, my KA fridge that I am replacing has an ice maker with ice and water on the door. The ice maker stopped working years ago and DH didn't want to bother to have it replaced. I can definitely live without it.

This go around I opted to not have ice or water on the door but do have ice maker and water dispenser inside the unit. I wouldn't bother to hook up either as I don't like using ice for any beverages with the exception of water but DH wants both the ice maker and water dispenser and is not thrilled that I didn't want it on the door.


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Sorry to revive an old post, but I have the same question. I'm in the market for a new fridge and I don't want an ice maker or a water dispenser. However, it seems that most fridges come with at least an ice maker. Is there a way to remove it?

I'm lookin for a white, top freezer model and the one I'm currently considering is Maytag 21CuFt top mount. Costco sells it for a terrific price and it's the perfect size but I wish it didn't have an ice maker. Any suggestions?


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Providing the model number of the refrigerator of consideration would allow for a more informed answer. Assuming it's a typical stand-alone ice maker mounted in the freezer section, you have two choices:

1) Leave the ice maker in place in the freezer if the space it takes up is not a concern, although the wiring harness should be disconnected (you'll have to dismount it for access to the harness but can then remount it), and don't connect the water supply.

2) Remove the ice maker from the freezer if you want to make use of the space, and don't connect the refrigerator to a water supply.


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Maytag M1TXEGMYW 20.6 Cu. Ft. White
This is the fridge I am considering.

I looked online for instructions on how to remove it and NOT replace it, but came up empty. I figure that there must be something I need to plug the hole for the water tubing.

Thanks!


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To remove the ice maker and not replace it ... you simply remove it and not replace it.

I suppose tape or a seal of some ilk could be placed over the water line connector on the valve at bottom rear of the refrigerator to keep debris out in case of later use. The spout inside the freezer does not need to be plugged.

This is my 17-years-old KitchenAid that has been relegated as my garage refrigerator since 2005. No water connection is there so the ice maker can't be used. I took it out several years ago to replace my parents' that went bad.

Three screws, disconnect the electrical, done.


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Perfect.
Thanks so much for replying.


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dadoes
About the picture you posted

Can cold air escape or warm air enter through the L shaped opening where the plug connector comes through the back wall?

This post was edited by lucky123 on Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 20:08


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Lucky123,

No. That is the inside panel at back of the freezer. The cooling coil and fan are behind it. Further behind that is the inner wall of the unit's outer cabinet, a layer of insulation and the exterior wall of the outer cabinet.

In any case, the L-shaped opening is there regardless of whether the ice maker is installed or not ... the ice maker does not seal if off.


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