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Old 06-06-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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White flecks from melted ice

The ice maker in our 2000 Adventurer was not working. While doing some other warranty work, I asked that this problem be fixed. The ice maker was replaced along with all tubing and heater and such. After setting up at home and running fridge, we noticed that when the cubes melted there was a lot of very tiny white flakes left in the water. I've been told by several folks that this is calcium. They tell me it is harmless, just looks bad. Has anyone else had this problem? I've used them in a couple of Scotch & Water to date with no ill effects (I guess) but I sure wouldn't serve that ice to my guests. Anyone else had this problem? How did you fix it? Did you just quit using ice from the freezer (Dometic Side by Side)?
I'm not about to invest in some $2000.00 filtering system, there is already an Everpure filter in line with the drinking water system which feeds the ice maker also. Yes the filter is brand new, only about 5 gal. or so run through it to date.
I hope some out there can come up with some answers. Thanks for this great forum.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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It sounds like, if you didn't have this problem before the change, it is originating in the new stuff that was installed. Can you try flushing the system with say, some vinegar? I agree that another filter outside of the new parts would probably do no good.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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The ice maker in our 2000 Adventurer was not working. While doing some other warranty work, I asked that this problem be fixed. The ice maker was replaced along with all tubing and heater and such. After setting up at home and running fridge, we noticed that when the cubes melted there was a lot of very tiny white flakes left in the water. I've been told by several folks that this is calcium. They tell me it is harmless, just looks bad. Has anyone else had this problem? I've used them in a couple of Scotch & Water to date with no ill effects (I guess) but I sure wouldn't serve that ice to my guests. Anyone else had this problem? How did you fix it? Did you just quit using ice from the freezer (Dometic Side by Side)?
I'm not about to invest in some $2000.00 filtering system, there is already an Everpure filter in line with the drinking water system which feeds the ice maker also. Yes the filter is brand new, only about 5 gal. or so run through it to date.
I hope some out there can come up with some answers. Thanks for this great forum.
When you first get a refrigerator with Ice maker you should run a few cycles of ice and discard it. It's a good idea after any work is done on the ice maker or water lines. You are probably seeing flecks of mineral deposit dislodged from water/ice system. Should disappear after you have consumed them all.😳
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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I put a filter inside the refrigerator compartment on the outside. Itís a cartridge type made for ice makers. I change the cartridge every year. Itís available at Home Depot.
Itís easy to plumb in as there are plastic lines for the ice maker & all the plumbing parts are available at most any hardware store.
This really helps to keep the ice cubes clear of junk. I also have a whole house water filter so this is a second filter. Water tastes different every time we hook up so this helps.
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Did you flush the new filter?
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I put a filter inside the refrigerator compartment on the outside. Itís a cartridge type made for ice makers. I change the cartridge every year. Itís available at Home Depot.
Itís easy to plumb in as there are plastic lines for the ice maker & all the plumbing parts are available at most any hardware store.
This really helps to keep the ice cubes clear of junk. I also have a whole house water filter so this is a second filter. Water tastes different every time we hook up so this helps.
Hal
Do you have the model (or a SKU number) for the filter you used? I looked at some from Home Depot but none of them looked like they would fit behind the fridge in my Bounder.
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Filters won't remove calcium salts from the water, if that is indeed what the problem is. Calcium requires a water softener of some sort, i.e. chemical treatment, to remove. Can you hook up to a known good source of soft water and then flush all the RV water lines, including the ice maker, a couple of times? Or alternative, disconnect the ice maker water feed line substitute a line to a soft water source?
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