How to Protect Your Outdoor Refrigerator from the Elements?

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As the summer months approach and you begin to enjoy the warmer weather, you may be wondering if you can safely install a refrigerator outdoors in your entertaining space.

The good news is, yes, you can, with a few caveats. Most importantly, you should select an appliance that is designed for outdoor use. Outdoor refrigerators generally cost more than their indoor counterparts because they have added features that allow them to operate under a wider ambient temperature range. When placing your outdoor refrigerator in its new home, you should protect it from the elements to keep running efficiently for many years. Here is what you should know about protecting your outdoor refrigerator from the elements.

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What are the Different Types of Ovens?

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Choosing the best oven for your kitchen can be tricky because it is an appliance you will use for ten years or more.

Whether baking bread, cakes or roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving, the oven is the heart of your kitchen. There are many different ovens, and picking the best one should be based on your cooking habits and budget. Here is our guide to the different types of ovens available.

Before You Buy

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How Long Should a Dishwasher Last?

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Dishwashers can last ten years or more.

To extend the lifespan of your dishwasher, you will need to give it proper maintenance and care. Here are some tips to help you get the maximum use out of your dishwasher.

Frequency of Use

Most households run their dishwasher an average of five times per week. The less frequently you use your dishwasher, the fewer repairs, and the longer it will last. To prolong the life of your dishwasher, do not run it until it is full. By running the dishwasher when full, you will also conserve water.

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How to Select the Right Undercounter Ice Maker for Your Specific Needs

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An undercounter ice maker can fit seamlessly into your kitchen like a dishwasher, oven, or other built-in appliance.

You can also consider adding an undercounter ice maker to your home bar so you can always have ice at hand to make chilled cocktails or add ice to your favorite sodas. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you shop for undercounter ice makers.

How much ice do I need?

Undercounter ice makers generally make around 50 pounds of ice per day and store 25 pounds. For hygienic reasons, you do not want to allow large amounts of ice to sit unused for long periods of time. An ice maker storing 25 pounds is perfect for busy households that have a constant need for ice. If you are in a single person household and do not entertain often, you may find that 25 pounds of ice is too much.

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How Do Built-in Ice Makers Work?

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An ice maker is the perfect addition to any kitchen, bar, or entertaining space.

Ice machines are a big convenience for those who enjoy entertaining or those with a busy household that requires lots of cool, refreshing drinks. No longer must you wait hours for ice cubes to firm in a mold or spend time going to the grocery store and carrying heavy bags of ice. How do ice makers work? Today we are exploring how built-in models function.

Basic Ice Making Process

Before ice makers were invented, to make ice, water had to be poured into an ice tray or mold and then placed in the freezer. Then, several hours later, the ice would be ready for use. Automatic ice makers automate this process. Water from a water line connected to the ice maker delivers water to the ice mold within the ice maker. Next, the freezer begins to freeze the water. The machine knows when the ice has reached a desired temperature and firmness. A heating coil then gentle warms the ice tray and ejector blades begin to lift them from the mold and dump them to a collection bin. The process repeats until the ice maker has reached its ice storage capacity.

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What Features are Important for Ice Makers?

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Every time you host a party, someone will inevitably need to make a trip to the store to buy ice.

Carrying those large bags of ice from the store to the car, from the car to the freezer, and then from the freezer to an ice bucket, is never fun. Not to mention, the ice can become hard and a pick may be required to break up large pieces into smaller ones. Save yourself a lot of time and effort and invest in an ice maker. Ice makers are not just practical for entertaining – they are perfect for busy families who regularly uses ice for their coffee, juice, smoothies, and more. Here’s what to look for when shopping for an ice maker.


Ice makers range in price from around $300 up to $2,300 plus shipping. If you are not skilled at installing appliances, you may want to also budget for any installation assistance you may need to hire. For example, if you plan to recess the ice maker into cabinetry where there is not already space, you will need to employ a contractor to create that space for you.

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