I've had this for a while from previous woot sales back on November 22nd. One at the office at one at home. So far no problems even though I almost always leave it on till it runs out of water or overfills with ice. The one way I do take special care of it is: I have a machine that makes distilled water for that I need for a different machine and I use the distilled water almost exclusively (99%) in it. Protip I attached a small hook you can buy at Walgreens or where ever on the unit and it can then hold it's little ice scoop. That way you won't lose it and wherever you put the machine you can mount the handle and scoop facing you as a reminder it's there.