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Old 02-17-2007, 07:45 AM   #1
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We have an 03 Journey DL 39.5WD with 4 door Norcold and Ice Maker.
The system makes great ice with one exception. The ice is dirty. We tested it with a clear wine glass, filled with water from the filtered water spigot at the kitchen sink.
The water in the glass c was clear.
We then took five ice cubes out of the Ice Tray and put them into the wine glass. The water overflowed and after wiping it up we then observed the water and ice cubes in the wine glass. The water was contaminated with what could be described as flakes of white substance. It looked like dandruff in the water. The flakes are all different sizes,and appear to be flat.
To be sure of our test, we poured the water and ice out, refilled with clean, clear water. Replaced ice and again, the white flaky stuff was drifting around in the glass and settled in the bottom of the wine glass.
Anyone have vany ideas as to how to eliminate these flakes???????
The water inlet to the ice maker is from the filtered side of the water filter.
Any help appreciatted. TIA
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We have an 03 Journey DL 39.5WD with 4 door Norcold and Ice Maker.
The system makes great ice with one exception. The ice is dirty. We tested it with a clear wine glass, filled with water from the filtered water spigot at the kitchen sink.
The water in the glass c was clear.
We then took five ice cubes out of the Ice Tray and put them into the wine glass. The water overflowed and after wiping it up we then observed the water and ice cubes in the wine glass. The water was contaminated with what could be described as flakes of white substance. It looked like dandruff in the water. The flakes are all different sizes,and appear to be flat.
To be sure of our test, we poured the water and ice out, refilled with clean, clear water. Replaced ice and again, the white flaky stuff was drifting around in the glass and settled in the bottom of the wine glass.
Anyone have vany ideas as to how to eliminate these flakes???????
The water inlet to the ice maker is from the filtered side of the water filter.
Any help appreciatted. TIA
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:37 AM   #3
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Sounds like calcium. As the water freezes, the impurities are pushed away during the phase change. The crud usually ends up on the outside edge of the cube.

Try rinsing off the ice cubes before putting them in your glass.

An ordinary water filter won't remove calcium. Takes a reverse osmosis filter to give you clear ice cubes.

Before I quit drinking booze, I just drank the whiskey out of a the bottle (in a brown paper bag) so I wouldn't have to deal with those unsightly white flakes. Speakin' of white flakes.

To see if it's calcium, put a little vinegar in the water. If it bubbles a little and clears up, there's a good chance it's calcium.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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Thank You.....
We pre rinsed the ice cubes and very little white flakes showed up.
We dropped a teaspoon or so of White Vinegar and away went the white flakes!

Perhaps I should have known this because:

One of the "Things" I did in my other life was build and operate a 300 ton per day production Ice Making Facility. We used Osmosis cleaned water and had 5/8 inch flats of ice which dropped through a breaker bar system and into a screw conveyor and then dropped down into a storage bin. The ice was raked out into a 300 ton bin, but due to the 0* temp. the individual chips stayed seperated.
We would send the ice from the bin out to the hold of Fishing Boats by a high speed air system.
The Ice was used to keep the catch clean and fresh, from the time the fish were caught till they were unloaded at the fish processing plant.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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I solved this same situation with a portable 'water softner' from our friends at Camping World.

Softner removes calcium rendering nice 'clean' cubes...

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:31 AM   #6
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Norcolds also have a problem with the non stick coatings in the cube tray.So if none of the above work,check the tray for flaking,it will be noticeable.
Hey Capt. I grew up in Gloucester Ma. Home of Cape Pond Ice. Spent a lot of time as a kid watching that chute fill the holds..
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