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Think today's fridges are complicated?

energy star fail ice maker regulations gone mad

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#1 EricEE

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

http://machinedesign...much-juice-0623

Sigh.. I realize saving power is a noble goal - but here we go again!

They cite the heater to release as a big waster - I wonder if you could use ultrasonic vibrations to jar the ice free. Or just power it out of the mold. Hmm, maybe it will foster a power saving solution that isn't overly complicated.

What? it could happen :whistling:

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:36 PM

Some old styles used power driven flex trays.
Glad they no longer make them.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

I saw a new version of a flex tray at a Frigidaire training class awhile ago.Haha, a plastic ice tray that fills with water and then mechanically flex's to drop the cubes. How retarded. Also taught us all about there now discontinued finger evaporator ice maker. What a nightmare that was.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:57 PM

Perhaps they could find a way to run some hi-side tubing up around the flex tray mold to loosen the cubes
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:35 PM

Perhaps they could find a way to run some hi-side tubing up around the flex tray mold to loosen the cubes

Not a bad idea. Set the icemaker thermostat so that it activates a hot gas valve when cubes are formed. Hot gas goes to I/M after dump the HG valve drops out.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:38 PM

Sounds reliable enough, better patent that before Electrolux gets wind
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:21 PM

Sounds reliable enough, better patent that before Electrolux gets wind

I am not greedy,lets' do it together.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:25 PM

Don't get me started on the Electrolux refrigerators, they have an icemaker with it's own evaporator that has had 5 upgrades and some of the refrigerators I've had to replace the main powoer boards more than once for the problem of not self defrosting on it's own.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:44 AM

Some old styles used power driven flex trays.
Glad they no longer make them.


F&P has been using a flex tray icemaker for about 5 year s which works quite well

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:06 AM

Aren't they using flex trays in the some of the Samsung or maybe LG's now also.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:03 PM

now discontinued finger evaporator ice maker. What a nightmare that was.

Was? I'm still livin' this nightmare about 2-3 times a month...what a effin' stupid design...
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