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Old 10-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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winterizing ice maker

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When winterizing with RV antifreeze, should it be run through the ice maker? Does it "gum up" the mechanism or have any other negative effects? Some say just blow out the ice maker with air but I think that's risky, you may leave a pocket of water somewhere.
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Thanks for bringing up this subject. I also want to know how to bypass the icemaker. I don't want to taste that pink stuff for the entire season next year...

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You don't put antifreeze in the ice maker mold. Disconnect the tubing after the valve, energize the valve and allow antifreeze to flow through the valve(s).
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:22 PM   #4
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Mike,
Why not put the antifreeze into the ice maker mold? Several folks have told me they run it through the ice maker until pink ice comes out.
In my configuration, the supply line into the on/off valve is fairly obvious but the one out to the ice maker itself is less so. It appears to be a line that's insulated but I'm not sure it's the right line or how I'd get it out of the valve.
Can the RV antifreeze harm the ice maker?
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We run the antifreeze through the icemaker & get pink slush. Been doing it for 6 seasons with no adverse effects. A thorough chlorination followed by several batches of ice in the early spring (which we dump down the commode) & we've never had an off-taste to our cubes.

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Thanks, Lori, that's what I did and got the pink slush too. How do you de-winterize to get the antifreeze taste out?

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I have a 2007 35' Itasca. I have been winterizing my unit since new and use low air pressure only, blow out procedure. I follow the procedures in my manual, ie: 1. Drain coach water lines; 2. Unscrew the water supply line from the bottom of the water inlet valve and drain any water left in the line. This connection is probably located in your refrigerator service compartment on the outside of the coach; 3. Let the ice maker run through a cycle, then raise the shut off arm; 4. Be sure water has drained from ice maker supply line, then reconnect to inlet valve. That's it, your ice maker is now winterized.

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Thanks, Lori, that's what I did and got the pink slush too. How do you de-winterize to get the antifreeze taste out?

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In the spring, after blowing out the antifreeze (just the same as I blow out the water in the fall) I follow the instructions for Sanitizing Fresh Water System. After that's done it's job, I'll flush out the sanitized water with plenty of fresh & have the icemaker make a full bin of cubes (several molds worth). That'll assure enough fresh water has gone through the icemaker to have cubes that don't taste like anti-freeze.

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Question here from someone whose current rig doesn't have an icemaker...why do you need to winterize it?
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It does seem a waste to winterize an icemaker, I mean it's SUPPOSED to freeze water. But what we're trying to accomplish is to be sure there isn't any water in the icemaker supply line that could freeze & bust the line. Even though we unhook, drain & blow out the supply line, I don't trust the blow out is enough. Maybe overkill, but getting the icemaker to make "pink slush" gives me peace of mind the supply line is protected.

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FWIW the Samsung 197 has a test button on the ice maker which runs it through a cycle, perhaps the other Samsungs do to.
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Thanks for the explaination. I live where the winters are not too bad, but we still get our share of days below 30 degrees. I just drain everything really good. I only had one problem with my toilet bowl inlet valve. Now I know to disconnect it.
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When winterizing with RV antifreeze, should it be run through the ice maker?
Norcold, like a few posts, says on many of their models to ONLY disconnect the feed lines (ice maker & door water if you have) at the solenoid accessed from the outside cover and let them drain and just cover with a Baggie. To keep the pink out shut off the water disconnect valve on that ice maker line. Might even be a big yellow Norcold tag attached to the solenoid describing this procedure.

Check your manual (get them online at the refer manufacturer web site) for specifics to your make/model refer.
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