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Old 09-10-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Drain Ice Maker or Not?

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We've just bought a new(er) motorhome and this one's got an ice maker. Normally when we get back from camping, we completely unload the refrig, turn it off, wipe it down, and prop the doors open until it airs out completely to keep it fresh and not moldy. Now I'm wondering what people do with ice maker? Or am I being too anal about this? It just seems to me that if that water, even that small amount sets in there, it will leave a trace of 'yucky' even if we throw the first batch of ice cubes away the next time out. Just wondering what, if anything, we should do?
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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In my opinion- IMO,

If you have well water in your rig, clean it out.

If you have city water, which almost all public water sources supply, with chlorine in it, your good to go. Leave it alone.

To drain it you must "sop" it out with a towel or some such cloth.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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On the occasions I'm at a place where I'm running the ice maker I just turn the water off at the valve then let the ice maker cycle a few times. This gets the water out of the actual maker as ice, lines are of course still full.

This way I don't have water sitting in the freeze tray getting things growing in it. I leave the door open after I dump what's left, wipe down the inside and turn the unit off.

Ours has a stand alone unit under the counter, a built in shouldn't be too much different.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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We don't drain ours unless it is being winterized.
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It doesn't take very long for the water to evaporate in this heat.
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In our coach, we use two towels in the kitchen, one hand towel and one dish towel. When we arrive home from a trip, we empty the refrigerator and I throw one of the towels in left side of the freezer and one in the right side of the freezer and leave all four doors propped open.

A day or so later, I remove both towels, wiping out the water that accumulated on the floor of the freezer. I use one of the towels to soak up the water in the ice maker. I push the towel down into the ice maker a couple of times absorbing most of the water.
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If you turn off the water supply to the icemaker (or disconnect a wire to the supply solinoid) and keep the fridge and icemaker on for 12 hours, almost all of the water will be used up. Easy thing to do on the last day of your trip.

As stated earlier, evaporation will take care of the rest in warm weather with the doors open.
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Thanks for all the advice from everyone! For this trip, I've used the sopping up method. And for next time, I'll be looking for the shutoff valve on the water supply on the last day. That's excellent advice! Thank you again!
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If you turn off the water supply to the icemaker (or disconnect a wire to the supply solinoid) and keep the fridge and icemaker on for 12 hours, almost all of the water will be used up. Easy thing to do on the last day of your trip.

As stated earlier, evaporation will take care of the rest in warm weather with the doors open.
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If you turn off the water supply to the icemaker (or disconnect a wire to the supply solinoid) and keep the fridge and icemaker on for 12 hours, almost all of the water will be used up. Easy thing to do on the last day of your trip.

As stated earlier, evaporation will take care of the rest in warm weather with the doors open.
This is what we do. No "yuccky" cubes when you start up for your next trip
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The towels are a great idea to empty the tray. If you are winterizing, use the Norcold (or whomever) instructions. With Norcold, you need to turn off and disconnect the supply line at the water solenoid and let the fridge go through a couple of dump cubes/fill cycles to allow the water in the line and solenoid to drain out. The is best done the last time you are actually using the icemaker - before you power it off as it must be freezing to go through the dump/fill cycles. I missed this step in the insructions but had disconnected the supply line at the solenoid and the water in the solenoid did not drain and froze - breaking the solenoid. If you don't need to winterize, we just do as the others have suggested.
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