An ice maker works by taking water from a water line to fill a mold, freezing it and heating it just enough to break loose from the tray. Learn about the ejector arm that scoops ice and drops it into an ice maker's bin with help from a home remodeling specialist in this free video on ice makers.
My name is William Perkinson and I'm here to talk to you about how do ice makers work. Most of us never think about it until we push the button and ice doesn't come out, typically right before a party or an outing or when you're cooking in the backyard. Remember your grandmother, she had the trays in the refrigerator, she would, you would open, or actually the freezer, you would open the freezer and they'd be sitting on a shelf and you'd have to pull them out and twist them and pop the ice out and then refill them. Well nowadays the freezer does it for you, it's all powered by the same plug that the refrigerator uses, it gets its water from the same water line that you get the water from the door. And it has basically the same trays granny used to have. The water comes in through the pipe, it's filtered water, into the mold, it freezes, the freezer knows, it has a temperature monitor that knows when it's frozen. And then the cool thing is in your freezer, it has a heating element that heats that tray up just enough for the ice to break loose. It breaks loose, an ejector arm scoops it out of the tray, drops it down a chute into the bin which stores the ice which allows you and me to put our cup and out comes the ice. The bin, different size for different refrigerators, the bin looks about like this. When it's working properly it should be full. I'm William Perkinson and that's how ice makers work.
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