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Old 12-09-2011, 04:43 AM   #1
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Winterizing Washer/Dryer and Ice Maker

We are not sure how to winterize the Washer/Dryer and Ice Maker?
We have taken care of the rest of the rig and need to know if either of two need special attention.

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Old 12-09-2011, 05:06 AM   #2
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You don't say what brand of W/D you have, but if you have a Splendide, the instructions for winterization are in the manual. The manual is available on the Westland Sales web site (US distributor for Splendide) HERE.

You also don't say what brand and model refrigerator you have, but most of the icemakers are the same. We have a Norcold, so that's the make I am most familiar with. Again, winterization instructions are in the manual. HERE is a link to the operation manual of a Norcold 1200 fridge. Winterization instructions are all the way at the end of the manual. As I said, most icemakers are the same and winterization procedures should be similar even if you have a different make and/or model refrigerator. When I used to winterize our icemaker, I added a step to run RV antifreeze through the solenoid valve with the line from the solenoid to the icemaker itself disconnected. That way, I got antifreeze into the valve, but not into the ice mold.

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My storage area has power...very reliable power. I put a small lamp (or trouble light) with a 60 watt bulb in the washer and another behind the refrig next to the solenoid.
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Don't put pink in the ice maker. Just disconnect the line at the solenoid and let it drain. Disconnect the incoming line to the solenoid and blow it out. It isn't going to hurt if anything inside the freezer freezes. Run the pink through a warm wash cycle and before it emptys out, open door and add a half gallon of pink and let it finish emptying. That bulb in the washer goes out it will cost you about $1300 to replace the washer. Pink is only $3.99/gal.
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Again, not sure what model washer you have but I'll give you our steps for our front load High Efficiency washer. It looks like a house model just smaller.

Turn on the water pump.
Have a bottle of pink ready to be pumped by the water pump.
Power on washer (we totally power it off when not in use)
Use whatever wash setting will call for both hot and cold water (ours is Normal setting if memory serves)
Start the washer.
I can open the detergent/softener drawer slightly so I watch for pink coming into that drawer.
If you cannot open the detergent/softener drawer, watch for pink in the drum.
Once you see pink in the drum, stop the washer.
I can see the water pipes behind the washer so I look for pink in both the hot and cold lines. Just a double check that I got both lines pinked.
Next, change the washer setting to spin and start it.
That takes the pink out of the drum and puts it through the drain pump - the other part of the washer that might freeze. Don't need to run it long, just enough to hear the pink being drawn out.
Power off washer.
Turn of water pump.
All done.
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