An Ice Discussion

Crescents, squares, spheres – slippery and cold – filling drinks and buckets. A must for any festivity. Ice. Every home has some method for supplying this party must-have, even when you’re not partying. Here are some clever ice-making ideas plus an explanation as to why refrigerator icemakers often go south.

New Old Fashioned Cubes

Ice cube trays were probably around in caveman days. From stone to silicone, making your own ice cubes is an opportunity for much creativity. First, you can purchase large or tiny molds in a variety of shapes. Next, you can control the quality of water (yes, you can make Smartwater ice!) Who remembers coming in from a hot, summer day to snack on frozen blocks of orange juice complete with popsicle stick handles?

So yeah, it’s great fun to decorate and flavor ice cubes with a variety of elements. Pop fresh mint, celery leaves or a wedge of lemon to the water before it hardens. This will add a stunning zing to your drinks. Take it to the next level of magnificence by doing the same with cranberries or edible flowers. Did you know that certain varieties of orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, and snapdragons are specially grown to be eaten?

If you’re the type to love sipping on ice coffee, but dislike what happens to your drink as the ice melts and dilutes the brew, make coffee cubes! Pour some of your leftover morning Joe into the compartments, freeze, and use the next time you get the urge for undiluted, cold caffeination. Just be prepared for that extra buzzzzzz. 

Stainless steel ice cubes give beverages a long-lasting chill. Plus, they’re quite cool! (No pun intended.) When you prefer your whiskey, wine, and liqueur chilled and “pure,” this is a great way to go. Why not ditch the entire ice cube system and just stock your icebox with these “ice boxes?” So James Bond.

About Refrigerator Icemakers

An icemaker inside of a freezer is a fully automated system that mimics the simple process of pouring water and extracting cubes (without the added leaves, berries, and flora.) Most icemakers use an electric motor, an electrically operated water valve, and an electrical heating unit. Power to these elements comes from the electrical circuit powering the entire refrigerator. The plumbing line of your home is hooked up to the unit, so the water for the ice is constantly fresh. (Hey! Wake up!) (That’s the place in the paragraph I usually daydream…) Anyway, the power line and the water-intake tube run through a hole in the back of the freezer. The hidden icemaker within the unit has a built-in thermostat, which monitors the temperature of the water.

Because of all of these components, an automatic icemaker requires regular maintenance. Sadly, built-in ice makers are the number one serviced component of any appliance! It is quite common to experience an issue with an ice maker within the first 5 years of purchasing a refrigerator. 

Preventing Problems with an Automatic Icemaker

  1. Read your refrigerator user manual to see how to change the water filter and do so every six months.
  2. After reading your manual to learn how to turn off the ice maker and the water flow and doing so, wipe down the ice dispenser opening with soapy water.
  3. Clean out the ice bin with warm, soapy water using a soft cloth or sponge. Dry before reinstalling.
  4. Turn back on the ice maker and water flow.
  5. Discard the next batch of ice, as it may contain some residual cleaning solution.

Getting an Extended Warranty

Whether you opt for DIY ice or a fancy fridge that spits out icy slivers all by itself, it’s good to know about CYA. Cover Your Assets is an extended warranty company that prides itself on servicing its members with white-glove care. Once one of your covered belongings, such as a kitchen appliance, vacuum, power tool, laptop, or, you guessed it – a leaking ice maker – needs repair, they will get you set up with an appointment that works within your schedule. Next, they’ll have an authorized repair person fix your item with only OEM, meaning, Original Equipment Manufacturer parts. Learn more about CYA here. Then, after you get suited up with the warranties you need, go get yourself an ice-cold drink!


Who We Are

Cover Your Assets (CYA) is a leader and disruptive innovator in the field of service plans. The company offers extended warranty coverage for virtually all types of consumer purchases ranging from high-end consumer electronics to computers, major appliances, power tools, lawn & garden equipment, and much more. All plans are backed by an A.M. Best Rating of “A-” (Excellent) Insurance carrier. Learn more about CYA by visiting www.cya.insure.

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