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Rob Spiegel
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Ice maker technology needs help
Rob Spiegel   6/23/2011 12:05:17 PM
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Of all the Made for Monkeys submissions, one of the most common involves ice makers that fail. The results are often comical. They typically involve ice and water on the floor or unintended ice sculptures in the freezer.

 

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Ice maker technology needs help
Jennifer Campbell   6/23/2011 12:34:38 PM
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Ice makers, yes, but don't forget about the cars, Rob. Seems automakers are getting a bit lazy when it comes to designing the latest models in recent years. From CD players that eat CDs simply because you need to change the battery, to impossible to get to oil pans, seems readers may want to stick with the model they bought in '92 rather than upgrade.

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Re: Ice maker technology needs help
BMAC9393   6/23/2011 2:14:36 PM
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or very weird scary noises in the middle of the night.

 

Charles Murray
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refrigerator spit
Charles Murray   6/23/2011 6:17:20 PM
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The refrigerator spit up on the floor? Got any video of that?

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TJ McDermott   6/23/2011 10:02:38 PM
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Replacement parts business can be as much as 30% of a company's profit stream.  We're stuck with this.  Our parent's generation is gone.

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Counter-Top???
Critic   6/24/2011 5:10:01 PM
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What is a counter-top fridge?  There are small refrigerators that fit on a counter, but typically these don't have icemakers or are of the store display variety.  Neither seems applicable to this article.  Some consumers have counter-DEPTH refrigerators.  I am interested in knowing the type of refrigerator to determine the economic practicality of continuing to spend money on new ice makers.

colin55
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Re: Ice maker technology needs help
colin55   6/24/2011 5:21:07 PM
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In Austeralia, a fault like that is covered under warranty.
CONSUMER AFFAIRS states that a product must be suitable for the purpose it is intended and must last a reasonable length of time. For a TV it is 3 years and a fridge is 5-7 years.

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Re: Ice maker technology needs help
gymguy   7/28/2011 3:01:49 PM
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Most icemakers have a heater that melts the interface between the ice that has formed in the tray and the tray. If the ice tray fails to dump it is usually due to failure of the heater. The broken plastic tab was probably due to the failure of the ice to come loose from the tray. In the end the icemaker would have to be replaced but there is no guarantee that the heater will fail again in 2 years. I have had icemakers to last 20 years and one that failed (due to a bad heater) in a year.



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