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An In Depth Overview of the Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 Series Portable Ice Maker
The Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 Series is made to last long and complement your home. Finished with a black, silver, or candy apple red coat, this portable ice maker is the perfect alternative for producing homemade ice.
- Dimensions: L: 11.00" x W: 14.80" x H: 14.70"
- Weight: 20.00 lbs
- Voltage: 115 volts
- Watts: 230 watts
- Amps: 2.0 amps
- Frequency: 60Hz
- Ice Making Capacity: 9 pieces per cycle
- Bottom drain prevents messes and spills
- Make up to 26 lbs. of ice per day
- Overflow protection
- Black, silver, or sleek, red top coat
- Portable size and weight
What does this portable ice maker do?
The AB-ICE26 Series is a great appliance to use for producing fresh ice in a decent amount of time. This ice maker can:
- Produce up to 26 lbs. of ice per day
- Make fresh ice within 6 minutes
- Provide an easy clean-up with its bottom drain
- Complement your kitchen with its black, silver, or hot red finish
Why should I use this portable ice maker?
The AB-ICE26 Series is the long-waited solution to your unwanted trips to stock up on ice! Simple to install and operate, this ice maker saves you space and, most importantly time. With a daily ice capacity of 26 lbs., this appliance is armed with a bottom drain pan that eliminates the time you spend cleaning up messes.
The AB-ICE26 Series stands out from other ice makers because of its modern features such as full and empty basket light indicators, overflow protection and its unique size and style.
Can I take this with me on trips?
The AB-ICE26 Series is a portable ice maker that can be taken on trips.
Where exactly can I use this portable ice maker?
This ice maker can be used at parties, social functions, homes, offices and other similar environments. This unit should be placed on a flat surface at all times. There must be a minimum of 6 inches of space between the back and sides of the unit and wall.
What is better, a portable ice maker or a built-in ice maker?
Because all ice makers are made to produce the same results, it's difficult to determine if one type is better than the other. Depending on your needs, style and preferences, a portable or a built-in ice maker may suit you more.
A built-in ice maker is constructed to fit under counters where it can easily blend in with its surroundings. This type of ice maker generally as a large capacity and requires a water line to function.
On the contrary, a portable ice maker does not need a water line to operate and can usually just be plugged into an electrical outlet. This kind of ice maker is easy to tote along and can make ice in as little as 6 minutes. While a portable ice maker is usually less expensive than a built-in ice maker; its ice tends to melt rather quickly.
How do I clean the AB-ICE26 Series?
HOW TO DRAIN YOUR ICE MAKER
To drain the ice maker, position the drainage port on the bottom of the unit over a sink, or place a small container or receptacle under the drainage port. Remove the plug and allow water to drain out completely.
Change the water in the water reservoir every 24 hours to ensure clean ice. If the unit will not be used for an extended period of time, drain all of the water from the reservoir and dry the reservoir and ice basket.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR ICE MAKER
Clean your ice maker before use. To properly clean your ice maker, follow these instructions:
1. Unplug the unit from the power supply.
2. Place a small container or receptacle under the drainage port and clean the interior with diluted detergent, warm water and a soft cloth. First pour the warm water with diluted detergent into the internal water reservoir and then into the space below the top cover.
3. Use this water and detergent solution to clean the rest of the ice maker's interior and drain out the water by unplugging the drain cap located on the bottom of the unit. Dry the interior with a soft cloth. Use warm water and diluted detergent to clean the exterior of the ice maker. Dry the exterior with a soft cloth.
To remove the build-up of calcium or other impurities, add a capful of vinegar or lemon juice to the water in the reservoir and run for two or three ice-making cycles. Drain and refill the reservoir with clean, warm water. Run two more cycles to rinse the vinegar or lemon-juice.
How often should I clean the AB-ICE26 Series ?
It is recommended that you change the water in the reservoir every 24 hours to ensure that the ice is clean. If the unit goes without use for long periods of time, you should empty the water from the reservoir and dry the reservoir to prevent mold build-up.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! After unpacking your ice maker, it must rest in an upright position for at least one hour before you plug it in or the compressor may be damaged, shortening the life span of the unit.
1. Remove the exterior and interior packaging. Check that the ice basket and ice scoop are included. If any parts are missing, please contact customer service.
2. Clean the interior with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. Take out the ice basket and clean it. See Cleaning & Maintenance below for complete cleaning instructions.
3. Place your ice maker in a location that is protected from direct sunlight and other heat sources such as stoves, furnaces, and radiators.
4. Place the ice maker on a level surface. All a minimum of 6 inches of space between the back and sides of the unit and the wall.
5. Allow the unit's refrigerant to settle for one hour before plugging in the ice maker for the first time. Also ensure that the ice maker is positioned so that the plug is fully accessible.
Notice: The recommended room temperature for this ice maker is 50°F to 105°F. Operating the unit outside this range may cause the ice maker to malfunction.
IMPORTANT! To avoid damaging the compressor, after turning off the power to the ice maker,wait at least 3 minutes before turning the power on again.
HOW TO MAKE ICE
1. Open the ice maker's top cover, remove the ice basket and pour clean water into the reservoir. Keep the water level below the maximum water level line.
2. Press the ON/OFF button on the control panel to begin the ice making cycle.
3. Select the ice cube size by pressing the SELECT button. If the room temperature is lower than 60°F, we recommend selecting small size ice cubes in order to prevent ice from sticking together.
4. The ice making cycle will last approximately 6 to 13 minutes, depending on the selected ice cube size and the ambient room temperature. The ice maker makes 9 pieces of ice per cycle.
The ADD WATER indicator light will turn on and the ice maker will automatically stop when the water reservoir is empty or the water pump within the reservoir cannot inject water through the ice making mechanism.
1. Press the ON/OFF button.
2. Fill the water reservoir up to the maximum water level line.
3. Allow the refrigerant in the compressor to settle for at least 3 minutes.
4. Press the ON/OFF button again to restart the unit.
Direct or indirect sunlight may cause the infrared sensor within the unit to malfunction. If the unit does not stop producing ice even when the basket is full, move the unit to an area away from sunlight.
EMPTYING THE ICE BUCKET
The ice maker will stop producing more ice when the ice basket is full. If this occurs, the ICE FULL indicator will turn on. Empty the ice into a freezer or use as needed. Unused ice will melt back into the reservoir and be recycled into fresh ice.
How much ice does it produce?
The AB-ICE26 Series can produce up to 26 lbs. of ice per day.
Is the ice it produces clear or cloudy? Which is better?
This unit produces cloudy ice.
Portable ice makers tend to produce clear ice. Although, the type of ice that is created can depend on a variety of factors such as the type of water you use and the setting level your unit is on. Clear ice is made when you use purified water and cloudy ice is made when you use tap water. An important tip to distinguish between types of ice is:
- Purified water freezes slowly. It usually freezes by thin sheets, then will gradually appear clear.
- Tap water freezes rather quickly. As the water freezes, certain gases can no longer remain dissolved and begin to surface, which eventually causes the "cloudiness."
What shape is the ice that this ice maker produces?
The AB-ICE26 Series produces bullet shaped ice.
How much water does it hold?
You can fill this ice maker with up to a gallon of water.
How fast does it make ice?
This ice maker can make fresh ice within 6-13 minutes, depending on the selected ice cube size.
Is this unit easy to drain?
Yes. This appliance is equipped with a bottom water drain. To drain the port:
Position the drainage port on the bottom of the unit over a sink, or place a small container or receptacle under the drainage port. Remove the plug and allow water to drain out completely.
What are the two ice sizes?
The two ice sizes for the AB-ICE26 Series are small and large.
NOTE: Your safety and the safety of others is very important. We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance. Please read and obey all safety messages. Serious injury or even death can occur if these instructions are not carefully followed.
Electrical Shock Hazard
Improper use of the grounded plug can result in electrical shock. If the power cord is damaged, please contact customer service.
- This unit should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this appliance is equipped with a three-prong plug, which is compatible with standard three prong wall outlets to minimize the possibility of electric shock.
- This appliance requires a standard 115 volt, 60Hz electrical outlet with a three-prong ground.
- Plug the ice maker into a dedicated, grounded wall outlet. Do not, under any circumstances, remove the third (grounded) prong from the power cord. Direct any questions concerning power and/or grounding to a certified electrician.
- Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged cord.
- Only connect the ice maker to a properly polarized outlet. No other appliance should be plugged into the same outlet. Make sure the plug is fully inserted into the receptacle.
- Do not run the power cord over carpeting or heat insulators. Do not cover the cord. Keep the cord away from high traffic areas and never submerge it in water.
- Do not place hands or objects on or near the ice maker's evaporator when it is in operation.
- Always turn off and unplug the ice maker from the power supply before cleaning and servicing.
- Exercise caution and make sure there is supervision when this appliance is being used near children.
- If the ice maker is brought in from the outside in the winter, allow the ice maker to warm up to your room's temperature for a few hours before plugging it in.
- Do not clean your ice maker with flammable fluids. The fumes can create a fire hazard or cause an explosion.