How Does An Ice Cube Maker Work?

Ice cube makers are extremely useful machines that most of us use everyday, but how do ice makers work? How does an ice cube maker produce ice in as little as 6 minutes?

This Is a Brief Overview Over How an Ice Cube Maker Produces Ice Cubes.

  • First, an electric current sends a signal to open several hatches right next to the water compartment.
  • Next, the water compartment begins to drain water into the hatches, but the hatches will close after a few seconds. (Some ice makers require you to refill the water, while others are hooked up to a water valve to instantly refill itself. If you are lazy like me be sure to look for an ice cube maker that refills itself.)
  • In the time that the hatches were open, water filled up ice cube molds. Different ice cuber makers will have different size molds, and some even have multiple size selections.
  • The machine then begins freezing all of the ice cubes. The amount of time it takes for the ice to freeze depends largely on your ice cube maker. Some machines can complete this step in as little as 6 minutes.
  • After all of the ice cubes have been frozen they are ejected from the mold. Some machines actually heat up the bottoms of the ice cubes slightly before ejection. The reason they are heated up is because they eject easier, and are less likely to get stuck when warm.
  • Now your ice cubes are ready to be enjoyed, just scoop them out!


As you can see, an ice cube maker works very simply and has very little chance of breaking. They are extremely durable devices built to last years. Skip the hassle of ice trays and treat yourself to an ice cube maker. If you have any more questions regarding the process of making ice cubes please refer to NewAir’s article.

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