Ice Maker Thy Name is Annoying

I’m wondering when my ice maker became such an essential part of my life, as well as the bane of my existence, the thorn in my side.

Our ice maker is broken, for the third time, since we’ve moved into the house. We have invested a little over five hundred dollars, so far, in fixing it. The last time the repairman came out he told me that he replaced every single part, but one. I’m guessing it’s that one that’s now preventing my ice machine from actually dispensing ice.

The first time he visited our house, he told me that he had serviced this same ice maker only weeks after the previous owners had bought the refrigerator. It was under warranty, then. It was not under warranty when I got I got it fixed. Unbeknownst to us, it wasn’t working when we moved in. I don’t remember exactly how long it took us to discover this, but I remember not being too worried, since a home warranty had come with the house.¬†Except, as I found out, ice makers aren’t covered under home warranties. So, the second time it broke, I bought an extended warranty on the repairs, that’s why I’m sure it’s an entirely new issue.

The service guy told us that he does a lot of repairs on ice makers like ours, where the ice dispenser is on the door. It freezes up, it stops working, is subject to warm air from the door being opened, etc, etc. In order to combat some of these issues, he suggested that I dump the ice every time the container fills half way. Seriously? Now, I need to spend my days monitoring the ice container? That’s not happening. And, even if my days were so empty that I could give our ice my full attention, the container still gets stuck (see the warm air thing) and I can’t pry the damn thing off without a Herculean amount of effort.

As you can imagine, I was not happy to hear all this nonsense about past repairs, design flaws, and too much ice. I mean at what point does my ice maker qualify as a lemon? If it were a car, I’m pretty sure I could get my money back. And if the company knows of this fatal flaw in their products, why aren’t they doing anything about it? Where is the recall? Where is the class action law suit? Where is my new refrigerator?

I’ve since wondered if my home inspector (who sucked) was supposed to check to see if the ice maker was dispensing ice out of the refrigerator? I don’t know, probably not. But, I do know they run the dishwasher to make sure it’s functioning, which is just about as valuable as my ice maker is slowly becoming.

You can be sure, though, that if we ever move, again, I will check the ice maker to make sure that it is dispensing ice. In fact, it will be written into the sales contract that the ice maker must be in good working condition or the deal is done. That’s how strongly I feel about an ice maker, and I don’t even use ice, but my middle son does, with every glass of water he drinks, as if there is a fire in his mouth he must extinguish. And he cannot reach the ice maker himself, I can barely reach into it, yet, it is I, who have become his ice slave. Oh, it is so annoying.



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