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Old 04-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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DE-Winterizing GE Residential Refrigerator and Ice Maker

Need some tips on how to DEwinterize. I've got antifreeze in the water dispenser reservoir and ice maker, so how do I get it all out? Any way to effectively disconnect the reservoir? How can you get the antifreeze out of the ice maker? This is turning out to be a pain!
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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Scott I just ran the water dispenser until the water was clear. I let the icemaker run thru several cycles of making ice until the pink disappeared.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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I thought about that but then my question is how do you get the aniti-freeze in the ice maker to freeze?
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I think Steve was saying to run water through your ice make until the water runs clear into your ice container.
Than make ice to test cubes.
Next winter disconnect the water line up to ice maker and let water run out of line and use paper towels to remove water from ice troff.
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Although there is a valve on the rear of our refridgerator that can be closed to prevent antifreeze from entering the refridgerator during winterizing, I prefer not to use it as I feel that blowing out those lines is not sufficient protection. I do pump antifreeze into the fridge which then does require purging it out in the spring.

As mentioned, simply flushing it through the water dispenser is the easiest way. I would suggest doing the flushing without the water dispenser filter in place as the flow rate through the water dispenser will be about 3 times as fast. I usually hold a 1/2 gallon container under the dispenser and fill then empty it about a half dozen times to completly flush the system. With the water filter removed and the rig connected to a good water supply each time I fill the 1/2 gallon container only takes 15 seconds or so, so the flushing goes pretty quickly.

Once the water is flushed clear, allow the icemaker to make several batches of ice and discard them. The first batch or two will be a little pink.

The antifreeze in the icemaker will freeze enough for the pink cubes to be semi-solid and eject from the icemaker. Rv antifreeze actually does freeze into a semi-solid state, but does not expand when it freezes like plain water does. It's the expansion of water when it turns into ice that damages water lines and fittings.
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Joe-K has said it all.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:30 PM   #7
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Thanks to everyone for the advice. Actually used a rag to absorb what I could and am currently running ice through the machine. Clearing up nicely. I appreciate everyone's help.
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