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Old 12-10-2008, 05:25 AM   #1
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Our coach was at the dealer for some warranty work when the weather changed recently. I went to get it the other day and the tech said he had winterized it for us due to the lower temps we were experiencing. That was a thoughtful thing to do. However he went on to say he had pumped anti-freeze into the ice maker as well. He said he was unsure if it got to the inside mechanism and so he pulled the supply line off and the af ran out, so he knew it did.
We have never winterized the MH, chosing to keep it plugged in and heat in the bay and interior area.
Will I ever get the taste out of the icemaker? and if so, what do I use? hard to just run water through it.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:25 AM   #2
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Our coach was at the dealer for some warranty work when the weather changed recently. I went to get it the other day and the tech said he had winterized it for us due to the lower temps we were experiencing. That was a thoughtful thing to do. However he went on to say he had pumped anti-freeze into the ice maker as well. He said he was unsure if it got to the inside mechanism and so he pulled the supply line off and the af ran out, so he knew it did.
We have never winterized the MH, chosing to keep it plugged in and heat in the bay and interior area.
Will I ever get the taste out of the icemaker? and if so, what do I use? hard to just run water through it.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:47 AM   #3
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The fastest way to get the antifreeze out of the icemaker is to turn off the valve at the back of the refrigerator and unscrew to line to the icemaker. Allow water to flow until it is clear. Reconnect the line. Remove the plastic cover on the icemaker and manually move the plstic wheel (you must be plugged in to 120V). The wheel will complete a cycle and water will flow. Several cycles is needed. You could just turn the refrigerator on and make several batches of ice cubes until they are clear. The manual on your icemaker will help clarify the above.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:49 AM   #4
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On our Dometic, I would winterize the icemaker by disconnecting the supply line between the cycle solenoid and the icemaker and blowing air through it. It's less of a hassle than getting the propylene glycol antifreeze out of the icemaker, IMHO.

Again, on our Dometic, I can pull a cover off the front of the icemaker in the freezer, turn a knob and force the icemaker through a dump-and-refill cycle. When we took delivery of our 5th wheel, I had to do this 8 or 10 times (IIRC) to flush the residual propylene glycol out of the icemaker.

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Do you have a filter in this line? If so, was the filter removed or by passed? If not you will need to replace the filter after you have purged the lines of antifreeze. If the technician pumped antifreeze into the mold it will not completely freeze and some may remain behind tainting the next batch. If this is the case, I would recommend removal of the ice maker and clean it well, then re-install.
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Filter!! Oh man, I didn't even think about the filter. I have no idea what he did. The filter is easy enough to get to (famous last words) if I can reach under the cabinet far enough.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RV Wizard:
Do you have a filter in this line? If so, was the filter removed or by passed? If not you will need to replace the filter after you have purged the lines of antifreeze. If the technician pumped antifreeze into the mold it will not completely freeze and some may remain behind tainting the next batch. If this is the case, I would recommend removal of the ice maker and clean it well, then re-install. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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I have not heard of a filter in the icemaker waterline. I see your signature so I am sure you must have but I would think they are rare. You recommend removal of the icemaker??? Overkill definitely. Antifreeze in the icetray happens but a few cycles of icemaking removes it. Never remove the icemaker.
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Don't know how rare a icemaker filter is, but I have one in my 04 American tradition.
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Many times when a filtered water dispenser is installed at the kitchen sink the ice maker is also in this circuit. Ice maker water filters are not that rare, many are in line style. In the middle and upper end coaches a cartridge style is used.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:18 AM   #10
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Took a quick look last night. It is there!
Our previous coach, Itasca Horzon, had a filter on the icemaker and cold water as well
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Flush out all the lines with fresh water FIRST. THEN replace the filter. If you replace the filter first, flushing will push any antifreeze in the lines into the filter. A through flushing and filter change will remove any taste of the antifreeze.
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