RF15I - DCS 15" Built-In Ice Maker - 35lb. Capacity
DCS 15" Built-In Ice Maker - 35lb. Capacity
The DCS by Fisher & Paykel 15" Ice Maker (RF15I) is going to remove a lot of worry and running-around when it comes to outdoor living and entertainment. This outdoor ice maker provides a seemingly limitless supply of ice on tap for any occasion - up to 35 pounds of clear ice a day. Its brushed stainless steel finish and built-in application adds a level of sophistication to any space.
The DCS ice maker is unique in forming ice, using fractional freezing to form a slab of ice that is clear and has less mineral content than the water it is produced from. This is accomplished by running water over the cold evaporator plate which gradually freezes the water to produce the ice slab. Mineral deposits are left in the reservoir, and not contained in the cube itself. When the ice slab reaches the correct thickness determined by the temperature of the evaporator plate, the electronic control switches to the harvest cycle to harvest the ice.
During the harvest cycle, the ice slab falls from the evaporator to the ice grid cutter. Here, the ice slab is cut into 3/4" squares by the grid cutter's heated wires. During the harvest cycle, the drain valve will remain open for 45 seconds to drain the reservoir of remaining deposits and Presto! - just like that, you and your guests are enjoying ice-cold lemonades and daiquiris without ever having to trek back and forth from the house.
NOTE: The DCS drain pump (RF15I) is required to run this unit, and it is not included with the ice maker
Completely Automatic Operation:Ice production will continue until the ice maker's bin is full and will restart automatically when ice needs to be replenished
Durable and Sturdy Construction:Brushed stainless steel exterior with leveling legs
- Necessary Accessory: The DCS Drain Pump (RF15I) is necessary for the ice maker to function
Do all ice makers produce the same type of ice?
No, there are several varieties of ice shapes and consistencies depending on which unit you purchase. Clear ice is restaurant-quality, gourmet ice whose impurities have been removed so the cubes do not have the "cloudy" appearance of regular ice. This ice is completely odorless and tasteless, however, clear ice makers are usually more expensive. Ice may be produced in a variety of shapes, including actual cubes, cylinders, shot glass and crescents. Cylindrical ice is rounded and often has an indentation in the top and a rounded out bottom. Crescent ice cubes are similar to what many ice makers in refrigerators make, long with flat tops and round bottoms and resemble the shape of a crescent moon. Ice may also be produced in whole cubes, crushed or flake style.
Do you offer a built-in ice maker that will produce crushed or flake style ice?
Since crushed and flake style ice is typically found in commercial settings such as restaurants and hospitals you would need to purchase a commercial grade machine. We do offer commercial grade machines on our website that produce crushed and flake style ice but they are typically in a much higher price range compared to the average consumer model. We suggest purchasing one of the electric ice crushers offered on our website in order to achieve the same result at a much more affordable price point.
How much ice will the average consumer built-in ice maker produce?
Production amounts vary greatly depending on which machine you purchase. Please check the specifications section of the ice maker you are interested in on our website as the production and storage capacities should be clearly listed. The majority of built-in ice makers offered today are capable of producing far more ice in a 24 hour period than they are able to store.
Do all ice makers require a drain?
The vast majority of consumer oriented built-in ice makers do not offer a refrigerated storage bin. At some point the ice produced will melt and the resulting water may need to be drained from the machine. The most common way to achieve this goal is to establish a permanent gravity drain line. The gravity drain line will exit the back of the machine and carry the water to a nearby drain located below the ice maker. If your drain location is not below the machine, or is located several feet away, you may need to purchase an additional condensate pump to transport the drainage. Some ice makers will offer a built in condensate pump if you prefer to have the pump included within the body of the unit. If you do not have access to a drain and are unable to establish a permanent drain line for your ice maker you may need to periodically manually drain the water from the machine.
Are built-in ice makers designed for outdoor use?
If you wish to install an ice maker outdoors you should purchase a unit that includes an “outdoor use” designation from the manufacturer. An ice maker designed for outdoor use will include additional insulation throughout the unit as well as better shielding of the electronic components from the elements. The additional insulation will allow the unit to produce ice without overworking the internal compressor as the unit will be located in what is typically a warmer outdoor environment. You will still need to allow for drainage of the unit as you would with an indoor model. Should you choose to install an indoor ice maker in an outdoor environment you run the risk of shortening the unit’s overall lifespan as the internal compressor will be required to overcompensate for the lack of additional insulation. You will also run the risk of invalidating the warranty for your unit since indoor rated models are not designed for outdoor use.
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