dealsemerson im90 ice maker (refurbished) for $79.99…

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These are great if you keep them indoors, outside in the heat they can get moldy and they will break if you aren't super careful when you clean the tray

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We have a different brand, but they all seem to be made the same (maybe even the same factory).

It works pretty well. I wish it kept the ice cold, but it doesn't. It makes the ice, and then stores it in a basket, where it can slowly melt back into the water supply, to be re-frozen again. So the thing pretty much runs non-stop, with the exception of when it's full and the ice needs to melt again.

But it does the job well.

As noted above, they're a little fragile, so be careful. I had to replace a part in mine, thankfully I'm handy enough to solder little switches in, and found a tech service manual online.

We paid about 2x the price at Home Depot so this is a decent deal.

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I bought one of these one of the last times it was on here. It makes ice fast, three different sizes and is easy to fill with water.

Mine had a problem with the water pump that fills the trays with water. I looked online and noticed several people saying the same thing about the ice maker. I would actually stay away from this because of this one problem. It seems that it will cost almost the price I paid for the ice maker to get it repaired.

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Be prepared to receive a defective unit.

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Hmmm, what to do, what to do?

I have a standard refrigerator with freezer on top and frig below and it's fine and only about 5 or 6 yrs old but I have been seriously thinking of getting a new frig just to have ice & water dispensers in the door. The only problem is that I hate side-by-sides and don't need one even close to big enough to warrant the freezer on the bottom 3 door style.

I have started drinking a lot more water and tap water isn't cold enough and filling ice cube trays constantly is not only a PITA, but if I make many cubes ahead they draw a funny taste from being in the freezer for more than a day or so.

$79 might just be well worth giving this a try instead of plunging ahead with a $1,200-$2,000 new frig.
Anybody know if this particular brand/model is very noisy or runs up the electric bill by very much since someone said it runs almost constantly?

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@poppabusa: Why do you say that? Was that your experience with this item? If so, did you return it and receive a second defective one?

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We bought one of these a month or two ago when Woot offered them for the same price. The machine works well. We turn it on when we want ice for drinks after work and it works quickly to produce more than we can use. While it doesn't keep ice refrigerated, it is well enough insulated that there will still be a bit of ice left a day later. We use only distilled water, and the ice is nice, clear, and odor-free.

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Tempting. I have a tiny fridge and have only room for two mini ice cube trays which melt quickly on contact with the blood-warm tap water in the summer. I like @rabbi idea of leaving it off and just running it in the evening or the weekend for the ice I need. I didn't realize it would make ice that quickly.

@donslin: Try storing the decanted ice cubes in ziplock freezer bags. That should keep them fresh tasting. A number of us keep personal ice trays in the freezer of the fridge at work. It tends to be kind of a lab experiment a lot of the time, so I keep my actual ice tray in a freezer bag. Even when there are toxic smells permeating the fridge and freezer, my ice is fine. They make ice cube trays that are like a bottle that seals, but I had a lot of trouble getting the ice to break in such a way as it could be poured from the bottle. The freezer bag is hassle free.

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Well, thanks so much to @rabbi and @moondrake I took the plunge and ordered the icemaker.
Makes a lot more sense to risk $79 than to blow more than a thousand dollars on something I don't really need.
This is why I keep coming back to Woot---the people are so friendly and helpful : )
Thanks again.

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I've bought two of these. The drain has a very tiny rubber plug that's very easy to lose. If you call the toll-free support line and ask if you can buy a new little rubber drain plug, they will have [i]no[/i] idea what you're talking about. That said, I like it enough that I bought the second unit just so I could keep making more ice.

But I think it's kind of gross that people just run this all the time, or even very much. Both water and anything touching water in the household get really messy really fast. As moondrake says, store your ice in a separate container once you're done making it (I actually use Lock & Lock containers), and shut the machine off and clean it out thoroughly.

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@editorkid: You could try to make a new plug using bathroom caulk. You want 100% silicone, clear or white. Put a thin film of Vaseline or cooking oil on the surfaces you can reach (you could use a Q-Tip for the inside) and then extrude a small quantity of silicone caulk into a disposable cup half full of cool water. Wearing rubber gloves (surgical gloves give you the best dex) massage the caulk in the water for perhaps half a minute, till it feel like it is setting up. Make it into a ball and press it into the opening, leaving plenty on the outside for you to be able to use to pull it out. It should set up quite quickly, depending on whether you gave it enough time in the water to get started. tbc

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Pt 2 Let it set for a few hours at least, overnight is better, then pull it out, wash it and trim any excess flashing with scissors. Wash the Vaseline or oil off with soap. You should have a functioning plug. By the way, the caulk stinks terribly of vinegar, so this is best done outdoors. You can handle the caulk barehanded, but it sticks to your skin and it blisters some people. The silicone will continue to stink for a day or two as it finishes its chemical transformation.

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In a past sale, I bought 3 & returned 2 defects.

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I got one from a past sale. I run it for a few hours and put the cubes in ziplocks in my regular freezer to use later. I have not had problems. It does make some noise but it is not bad in my opinion. Read the directions when it comes. Mine had a "new" smell that the directions said clean and then run a few cycles and throw out the ice.

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Bought on on previous woot, about a year ago, same price. I think they showed up for $60 once since then but there might have been higher shipping.
I like it. Mine works great.

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@moondrake: It used to be that all silicone seal products had anti fungus additives in them. That's why you had to use special fish tank silicone on aquariums. That MAY have changed, but I wouldn't use anything that wasn't NSF approved for food surfaces.

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@videowallart: But this is for a drain plug. Unless I misunderstand what it is being used for, it wouldn't come in contact with the water to be used.

But if you are worried about it you could use one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/08641-Corning-Silicone-Sealant-10-1-Ounce/dp/B000BD0QAK#productDetails
http://www.dap.com/product_details.aspx?product_id=311

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For the drain plug replacement---I don't know where it fits, what it looks like, or if it comes in contact with the water, but if it works like a chest-type cooler like you take to the beach or store drinks in at a tailgate party, etc, couldn't you just use a cork, shave it to the correct size & shape & spray it with a food safe sealant of some sort?
Or even take it with you and wander the aisles at Lowes or Home Depot and see if you can't find something that will work---even if it takes a bit of modification like shaving or cutting to the exact shape?

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Total POC.... returned after 1 use. Please note it does not STORE ice, only makes ice and shuts off, so it requires constant supervision. If not turned off at end of cycle, it will automatically begin next cycle with no water and break. Read comments on amazon... IMO, not a deal at all.

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@donslin:Total POC.... returned after 1 use. Please note it does not STORE ice, only makes ice and shuts off, so it requires constant supervision. If not turned off at end of cycle, it will automatically begin next cycle with no water and break. Read comments on amazon... IMO, not a deal at all.

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@donslin: Please note it does not STORE ice, only makes ice and shuts off, so it requires constant supervision. If not turned off at end of cycle, it will automatically begin next cycle with no water and break. Read comments on amazon... IMO, not a deal at all.

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@donslin: Yes. I will take the plug I lost to Home Depot and look for the kind that looks just like it. :facepalm:

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@revolujon: It doesn't require constant supervision at all. In fact, it makes all the ice it can from all the water you put in there, and then it automatically turns off and lights up the little red "Add Water" LED. I know this because that's how mine works. (As did the one before it, until I lost that little rubber plug.) And when you're done making your ice, you need to clean it thoroughly, dry it thoroughly, and put it away. Running it longer than that would be really gross at best.

By the way, please read this two extra times. It's only fair.