In my house, the ice maker is tapped into the hot water line with a run of copper coil tubing. By the time the water from the hot water line gets to the freezer, it is already at ambient temperature. In addition, due to the small volume of water used in making ice, I'm not really wasting tremendous amounts of oil to heat water that will eventually be frozen.
The cubes made from the "cleaner" water from the hot water line will be clearer, and if you have chlorinated water, will have lost that off-taste. Once again, you'll not be pumping degree water into your freezer. By the time it hits the freezer it has lost it's heat.
If you have a recirc pump, it may be higher than ambient temp but maybe not by much. If indeed the water from the hot line is entering the freezer at near-ambient temp, you may also get ice slightly quicker as the clean water, with less contaminates, will have a slightly higher freezing temp.
Gents, as always, MHO. Do I risk disagreeing with the mighty Mongo The water in the heater isn't very clean, I've heard many many times. Most folks don't flush their water heater often enough.
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If you haven't go drain a gallon into a plastic milk jug and tell me what you think. What I got out of the heater at a former rental apartment -- ie, never maintained -- looked like chocolate milk, or Charles River water, if you're in the know. The cold water is used more and has less time to breed critters or soak up lead that may be in your old solder. Eg, the EPA recommends: Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead.
The two actions recommended above are very important to the health of your family. They will probably be effective in reducing lead levels because most of the lead in household water usually comes from the plumbing in your house, not from the local water supply. Particulates should be filtered out before hitting the ice maker. If your water is over-chlorinated ours is, a bath smells like a public swimming pool then filter it before it goes into the ice maker.
They make inline filters just for icemakers, don't know if they're any good. Most people would install one and forget about it until the refrigerator breaks 20 years later. Note that almost all water filters are designed for cold water.
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Being a lawyer, gotta have more citations: Whirlpool for one offers refrigerators with built-in filtration. If I had lead contaminants in my water, not only would I not drink it, I wouldn't shower in it due to inhaling the steam. Same for critters in the system. I've got a whole-house filtration setup that filters everything that comes out of the well, except for the hose bibs. I'm on my own well, but still flush my system and occansionally and test the water.
I also have a mini-filter prior to the ice maker. I think the worst thing in the world is to have "bad" water. Been there in previous residences, never again. Certainly, if your water is not good enough to cook with or drink, I'd never consider making ice with it. Are you still up on the muddy Charles? I'll be up there next month at the Beantown MOS. As for forgetting to change the filters, I agree Then, they're always on hand when renewal is required.
This includes lead, salts not the NaCl variety , organic solvents,etc. As a general rule, the fewer things dissolved i.
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Warmer temperatures also accelerate chemical reactions in water, producing other by-products. For example, if you have a chlorinated water supply I don't , warm or hot water would react far more rapidly with other chemicals present in your plumbing. Although the effect on each tray of ice or pot of pasta water is small, the cumulative effect could be significant. I knew my ex-chemical engineering background would come in handy some day! Used to see all sort of things in there, garbage, shopping carts, chopped-up body parts It was said that if you fell through the ice, you'd get a tetanus shot before hypothermia treatment.
A woman who rowed crew told me about a freshman who, um, refilled his water bottle from the river. In the hospital for a week with a triple infection of some sort. Well, lovely memories aside, I'm overdue for visit. For now, I'm an undercover Yankee in the heart of the old Confederacy. We bought a water filter mostly for flavor, second for contaminants that "might" be there. Someone once commented that the shame about the declining quality of city water is that those with enough money buy filters or switch to bottles -- rather than doing something about it.
Consider NYC's problems a few years ago with guano contamination yech. If you're really really paranoid, get a reverse osmosis filter and maybe blast the water with UV too. Interesting to learn that Per Swede is a recovering engineer. Pesonally, mine has always been tapped into the cold line. I agree with cbzdel. It really doesn't matter that much.
You're going to get cold water out of the end of a hot line at first probably almost all of the time that the ice maker calls for it. I would never leave a ice maker tied into a hot water line Why? It just does not make sense and it's wrong. Cold water only change it. Quite a few people out there think hot water freezes before cold water.. Wrong cold water freezes faster facts are BTU ratings. Cold water is already ahead of hot water because you have to lower the temp to start freezing process it takes less time to lower cold water temps than hot water.
By the way that was a very good question. Thanks for your helpful advice!
I just wondered if there was a reason someone would have done it and a frozen line was one thing i thought of. Obviously if you guys have never seen it then it's not normal. The only other thing I could have seen as a reasonable thought would be that hot water has less minerals in it than cold water I maybe be wrong and therefore would keep the ice maker a bit cleaner from mineral deposits?
It's probably not a big deal, but around here at least Minneapolis, MN , we're told to consider hot water as almost non-potable, especially for children.
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Something about hot water having more lead leeched from solder joints, and other badness from sitting in the tank. If it were me, I'd probably try to move the icemaker tap to a cold water line. Something about freezing hot water just seems Actually warmer water can sometimes "Begin" to freeze faster than colder water. Read attached Scientific American article. But personally I would prefer to see it connect to the cold water line. Never happen in a standard environment , it's just a couple wacky Scientist writing Baloney. Last edited by beenthere; at Sorry to ofend you. Some guys do tap into the hot water line under the though that the hot water will have left alot of the waters sediments in the water heater tank.
Which in turn will alow the water to freeze faster. Take 2 glasses of the same amount of ROOM temp water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to one of them. Put them both in the freezer.