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Old 10-05-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
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Exclamation Winterizing the ice maker

2008 HR Neptune XL SE - how do i winterize the ice maker on the fridge without putting antifreeze through the lines? Any other special items to look out for while winterizing?
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Just disconnect the water line from the fridge and blowout or use pink stuff only to that point. Any excess water in the fridge will drain out.
Remember the ice maker is designed to be frozen.
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Just disconnect the water line from the fridge and blowout or use pink stuff only to that point. Any excess water in the fridge will drain out.
Remember the ice maker is designed to be frozen.
There is also a solenoid for the ice maker with a little bowl with water in it. You need to drain that or it will freeze and crack. Personal experience with that one.
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Do i disconnect at the bottom of the fridge inside the coach or at the back (outside location)?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:27 AM   #5
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There is also a solenoid for the ice maker with a little bowl with water in it. You need to drain that or it will freeze and crack. Personal experience with that one.
This is all new to me, how do i drain the solenoid? It will be located at the back of the fridge?
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If you winterize using compressed air, leave the system pressurized while the icemaker cycles. It'll take a while but eventually, you'll hear air escaping when the solenoid opens to fill the cubemaker.
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Dometic and Norcold have slightly different solenoids for ice maker water control, but the basics are the same: disconnect water line into and out of the solenoid so it can drain. Also drain the line that feeds to the solenoid (blowing it out with compressed air works fine). The solenoid is on the back of the fridge, accessed from the outer door.

If you run antifreeze or used compressed air, you can wait long enough for the ice maker to cycle and push the air or pink stuff trough, so you don't have to disconnect lines. But if you don't want to wait (with frdige cold and ce maker on), disconnecting lines and draining is the only way.
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Thanks for all the help, I managed to disconnect all the lines and ran it through a few cycles, it is now winterized for our -40 degrees C temperatures. Thanks again for all the great info!
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