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Old 09-17-2020, 02:14 PM   #81
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People may be confused. Commercial icemakers and that usually meant all stand alone units , because they were built in used water to cool themselves and were not air cooled. Think the big icemakers at a hotel or motel, you always hear water running. Highly wasteful unless you are using a cooling tower to cool that water..

Get a chest freezer and store up 20 lbs of the ice you make. If you want super clear cubes you need to use insulated ice forms, something about cooling it slowly... or I hear if you twice boiled the water before making cubes they will be clear, though never tried it. For the first time in a long time am without an ice maker and make two trays of ice per day usually for one person only.
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People may be confused. Commercial icemakers and that usually meant all stand alone units , because they were built in used water to cool themselves and were not air cooled. Think the big icemakers at a hotel or motel, you always hear water running.
Not sure I can agree on that. I had two commercial Ice makers, a Scotsman about 420 lbs a day and a Manatowic about 485 lbs a day. The were both air cooled.
There is some waste, at the end of each cycle it pumps out the left over water in the water holding container. The water has
excess minerals in it, because some amount of the minerals don't get frozen in the ice and build up in the hold container water. Tastes really bad.

I put that cold discarded water to use.
My water pipes and machine were outside (covered), meaning at outdoor ambient temperature in Florida. The water going was often 85* or higher. I built a heat exchanger and ran the cold discarded water into a container and ran the water going into the machine through many coils of pipe in the container. It worked great and lowered the incoming water temperature as much as 25*. It made the difference of us having to buy extra ice in the summer. It was for business use.
My hero repair on the Scotsman, they wanted $109 for the full ice sensor, I bought an infrared LED and Sensor pair for $1.98. Worked perfect.

and fixed it.
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No one has mentioned insulation. Could you try to insulate the cabinet or pump area to reduce the noise? It might be a simpler fix since you otherwise like the appliance and the cabinetry is valuable.
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I put that cold discarded water to use.
My water pipes and machine were outside (covered), meaning at outdoor ambient temperature in Florida. The water going was often 85* or higher. I built a heat exchanger and ran the cold discarded water into a container and ran the water going into the machine through many coils of pipe in the container. It worked great and lowered the incoming water temperature as much as 25*. It made the difference of us having to buy extra ice in the summer. It was for business use.
My hero repair on the Scotsman, they wanted $109 for the full ice sensor, I bought an infrared LED and Sensor pair for $1.98. Worked perfect.

and fixed it.
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I wish I knew how to do things like this.
I started tearing radios apart 50+ years ago, and building Radio Shack kits soon after. I have an electronics background so the ice full sensor was easy to figure out with the schematic.
The chiller was a neat project, I had an 18" piece of PVC pipe that I made sealed ends for, installed connectors for in and out pipes, it worked surprisingly well. I know people that put a coil of copper tubing in the bottom of the ice bin to cool the inlet water, not realizing they are just melting the ice they just made. This just makes the ice machine less efficient.
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It's a creative idea. I'm just not sure where the insulation could go, as the unit fits inside a section of the kitchen island. As a new one would, in a renovated kitchen.

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It's a creative idea. I'm just not sure where the insulation could go, as the unit fits inside a section of the kitchen island. As a new one would, in a renovated kitchen.
Last year our dishwasher died down south. Bought a replacement and installed it, but robbed the sound deadening blanket from the old unit and added it over the new one's sound blanket. It probably helped, and for free, but wasn't a miracle. Too many open unsound-damped areas.
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Update: Response from contractor

A contractor we've dealt with before, sent his plumber over to inspect the current arrangement. Response matches what some of you immediately suggested.

"Yes, The plumber said we can drain in to the lower part of the sink drain."
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A contractor we've dealt with before, sent his plumber over to inspect the current arrangement. Response matches what some of you immediately suggested.

"Yes, The plumber said we can drain in to the lower part of the sink drain."
Yay! Let us know if you pursue and how it all ends up.
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Will do. Nothing is planned to happen until early 2021. I was told that appliances need to be ordered 8 weeks in advance, so we may do that in October.

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The ice maker in our freezer quit soon after the warranty expired. Parts are ridiculously priced and no guarantee that's the problem since most modern units have too much electronics controlling them. We just buy our ice at the corner market. Comes in an 8lb bag that contains 3 smaller bags. One smaller bag fills the freezer's ice tray. I'd say a bag lasts a month or so unless we have company. When we do, we usually get asked if they can bring something so we tell them ice. When I do pay for the ice, it's $3 for that 8lb bag. At most, I spend $30 a year for ice. My best guess is that is several years cheaper than fixing what ever is wrong with ours.
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