Should You Turn The Power Off On Your On The Counter Ice Maker When Not Needing It?

If you have an ice maker in your home, and you use it regularly, then you might find that you keep the power connection to it at all times.

This is a common practice, and many people do this with their other electrical equipment, including microwaves and dishwashers.

Even though these devices do not need a constant electrical connection in the same way that a fridge-freezer would.

For some people, it is just easier to keep these devices on at all times, and it saves the hassle of turning your microwave on, only to find that it was never connected to the power in the first place.

But, is it okay to do this? Or should you turn the power off every time that you finish using your ice maker?

In this guide, we’ll be answering these questions, and lots more. So, if you want to find out more, then keep on reading.

Should You Turn Your Ice Maker Off When Not Using It?

First things first, let’s take a look at whether, or not, you should be turning your ice maker off every time you finish using it.

Most of the time, we would say yes, and we say this for a number of different reasons.

Generally speaking, it is best to switch all electrical devices off when you are not using them.

Of course, there are some objections to this rule, and that includes fridge-freezers, cookers, and other appliances like these.

There are lots of reasons why it is best to switch off electrical appliances which you aren’t using.

These range from safety through to efficiency, and lots more. We will take a deeper look at these later on.

But, you might be struggling to understand what we mean by “using”.

Of course, you are not always standing in front of your fridge-freezer, and so you are not always using it.

But, it is important that your fridge-freezer is always connected to the electricity to ensure that your food remains fresh/frozen and edible.

However, it is a little different for an ice maker. Of course, when you are using your ice maker, you will not necessarily be standing in front of it.

So what do we mean when we say “not using” your ice maker? Let’s find out.

When Should I Turn Off My Ice Maker?

Most of the time, you will add the necessary water, set the machine to go, and then go about your day-to-day life.

But, you will not always be making ice. So, when you do not need ice, and your ice maker is plugged into the electricity, but empty and not producing ice, this is when you should turn off the connection to electricity.

Depending on the type of ice maker that you own, you might have no choice but to turn it off when you aren’t using it.

This is because some ice makers, especially cheaper models, do not have power on/off switches on the actual ice maker.

Instead, they simply begin working as soon as their plug is connected to the electricity point.

If you have one of these machines, then you will have to unplug the device from the electricity every time that you don’t want to use it.

But, if your ice maker has a power switch then you might think simply switching this off, but not disconnecting it from the mains electricity is enough.

Most of the time, it is best to unplug your ice maker from the electricity entirely, but let’s take a look at whether, or not, you can keep your ice maker connected to the electricity at all times.

Can You Leave Your Countertop Ice Maker On All The Time?

When we refer to leaving your countertop ice maker on at all times, there are two things that we could mean by this.

It could mean keeping your countertop ice maker plugged into the electricity (but switched off on the ice maker itself) at all times, or it could mean keeping your countertop ice maker producing ice at all times.

So far, we have spoken quite a lot about keeping your countertop ice maker plugged into the electricity at all times.

There is nothing stopping you from doing this, and this is something that quite a lot of people do with their kitchen appliances. But, we would recommend that you don’t do this.

As we have said, there are quite a lot of benefits of disconnecting your kitchen appliances from the electrical supply when you are not using them, we’ll take a look at these benefits later on.

In terms of leaving your ice maker running at all times, this also is not advised. At least not if your ice maker isn’t designed for this.

The majority of countertop ice makers are not designed for long-term use, they are simply designed to produce ice as and when needed.

So, if you leave it running at all times, you could cause damage to the internal components of the device.

Likewise, ice makers are not designed to store ice at all times.

They are designed to produce ice, not keep it frozen. So, constantly keeping your ice maker running will not ensure you have access to ice at all times.

In fact, if you do this, you could end up causing damage to your ice maker. So, it is best to only use a countertop ice maker as and when you need it.

If you want constant access to ice, then it might be best to consider investing in a heavy-duty ice maker instead.

Why Should You Turn Off Your Ice Maker When Not Using It?

So, as we have said, it is best for you to switch off your ice maker when you are not using it.

This includes switching it off on the ice maker itself and switching off its connection to the electricity. But why should you do this? Let’s find out.

Well, as we have said, there are quite a few different reasons why you should switch off your countertop ice maker when you aren’t using it, starting with the fact that it is safer.

Even if your ice maker is switched off on the device itself, if it is still connected to the mains electricity (and this is switched on) there will be electricity running to the device.

It is recommended that you switch all electrical points off during the night, and when you are not using them, as this hugely reduces the risk of fire. Therefore, making your home safer.

Additionally, you should consider turning off your ice maker if you want to save electricity.

Electricity isn’t cheap, and ice makers use a surprising amount of it when they are operating.

So, if you want to save electricity, this is another reason to disconnect your ice maker from the electricity and keep it switched off at all times.

Summary

Ultimately, there is nothing stopping you from keeping your countertop ice maker connected to the electricity at all times, even when you aren’t using it.

But, it is much better to switch it off when you can. This will make your home safer, and it will also save you money in the long run, as there will not be any unnecessary electricity being routed to this device.

So, if possible, you should turn the power off on your ice maker when you can.