|Item Weight||55 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||18 x 15 x 25 inches|
|Item model number||IM-150US|
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Sunpentown IM-150US Stainless Steel Undercounter Ice Maker with Freezer
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Under counter Ice Maker in sleek black and stainless steel door. This unit makes up to 12 -Pounds of crescent-shaped ice per day. Compact size to fit easily under most counters and front-ventilation feature allows a true built-in application. Removable bin holds up to 6 -Pounds of ice. No drain required, but installation by a licensed plumber is required.
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In June / July 2015 the thing produced ice, at best, intermittently. In early July, I contacted the manufacturer RE: this
& they requested the purchase details which I provided. The unit then began to behave better, producing an
acceptable amount of ice most of the time however with occasional failures. During that time I learned some "tricks" to
resume ice production. This went on until just recently, May 2016 when the thing just stopped making ice and none
of my "tricks" would work. I contacted the manufacturer RE warranty repairs & they replied they may provide warranty repairs
as long as I SENT THE THING TO THEM, with me paying the freight.
I am not a pack-rat and the packaging the thing came in is long since gone. Thus I would have to dream up some kind of large,
big box contraption to send it. I gave up. No Sunpentown product will ever be on my property again.
This makes ice very well which is a good thing,,,,, obviously. This is a little freezer with a typical ice maker like you would have in your home freezer mounted inside and an ice bucket, again like you would see in a regular freezer. It makes the half moon shaped cubes pretty quickly, we will see how it holds up to summer ice use around here, which can be pretty substantial.
As far as installation, it's easy enough. Water supply close to the unit just like a typical freezer, then toss the rubbish plastic line and fittings that come packaged with it and go get a braided flexible hook up line made especially for connecting ice makers to plumbing and there you go. No worries about cheap fittings breaking, no need to tighten the fitting like crazy since the hook up lines use rubber sealing washers in them. Fluidmaster 12IM72 Ice Maker Connector, Braided Stainless Steel - 1/4" Compression Thread x 1/4" Compression Thread, 6 Ft. (72") Length Something like this is perfect.
Now on to the negatives. The unit arrived nicely packaged and undamaged, it is a nice enough looking addition to the kitchen. I plumbed it and plugged it in and it started right up. It probably made it's first set of cubes in half an hour and continued right along for the rest of the day. It made a rattling sound when the compressor would start once early on but it didn't do it again the first day. The next morning, it had made about half a bucket of ice and no more. I noticed the bail handle, the wire inside that is the automatic shutoff switch, wasn't all the way down and there was o no ice holding it up. Looking closer, there was a chip of ice under the dumping arm stopping it from completing it's cycle. I picked the ice out and it continued on. It did this once in a while for no apparent reason.
The rattling noise returned the next day when the compressor would start. It was inside the compressor housing like one of the internal rubber mounts was broken. It would rattle very loudly for several seconds up to maybe 10 seconds. This didn't affect it's operation, but it had to go back. Amazon quickly shipped out a replacement and they couldn't have handled it better.
The second one arrived and was visually similar except this one has an adjustment knob on the front panel for adjusting the temperature. Also, this one pulled air in the front grille where the other one pushed air out. This one went right in and made ice just as well as the other one. It never has had the problem with the chips of ice blocking the mechanism and stopping ice production.
The first unit, besides the rattling, was acceptably quiet. The second one has a fan that sounded pretty much like a microwave running. You could hear it several rooms away and in the kitchen, living room or dining room it was very annoying, it certainly wasn't going to be acceptable the way it was. I removed the fan assembly and replaced it with these fans. AC Infinity AIRPLATE S5, Quiet Cooling Fan System 8" with Speed Control, for Home Theater AV Cabinets I ended up taking the fans out of the plate they came in and using just the fans mounted inside the lower cabinet close to the condenser. They are almost silent, you have to put your ear down by the intake to hear them. I used these fans as the ice maker is built in along with a drink cooler and these fans run continuously, moving air through the cabinet all the time. Since you can't hear them it is a great solution.
The ice maker is working perfectly so far and I expect no issues using the fans as a replacement. The two units I received were identical looking except for the temperature control on the second one, but they are completely different, mechanically. Different condenser, looks like a different compressor and definitely a different fan. Who knows why this is the case, I'm assuming there are lots of places in China building cheap refrigeration units and this company just assembles the pieces.
So if you don't mind spending some time fiddling with this, or, swapping them out until you win the chinese quality control lottery, then this is a fine machine for the price. Time will tell if it continues to serve us well.
Cons- It's LOUD. The compressor is louder than any deep freeze or refrigerator I have owned. It literally wakes me up in another room when it kicks on. It's white noise, not clanking or anything, but still annoyingly loud. I will end up either trying to insulate around it and/or keeping the utility room door shut due to the noise level.
2nd Review - Still impressed, bagging my own ice. Never run short. Have had to turn it off several times, No place to put excess ice
3rd Still working great. Haven't been out or low of ice in months