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Old 01-08-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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How to de-winterize residential refrigerator

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I had our coach winterized and have managed to get all of it de-winterized except the refrigerator. Filter was removed to winterize and I can see drops of antifreeze. I hate to burn a new filter but is there any other way?

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I'm not clear about where you see the drips of anti-freeze. Is it coming out of the supply line where the filter connects or out of the filter itself? With the supply line not connected yet, turn on the water pump and flush all anti-freeze out of the line into a bucket. When running clear, install a new filter (or the old one if not full of anti-freeze) and connect to the fridge. For next year's winterization, I'd install a shut off valve right before the filter. This would allow the removal of the filter and flushing the line to the filter and then shutting that valve down while the rest of the plumbing gets anti-freeze pushed through it. The small quantity of water in the ice tray can be sponged out, evaporation will take care of the rest.

If you see anti-freeze in the supply line between the filter and the ice tray, use a short piece of hose to connect in place of the filter, run water all the way into the ice cube tray and cycle it a few times.
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Filter is in upper refrigerator and open. I can see the drips from when they got the antifreeze thru the line.

What you posted helps some. I just need to figure out how to run the water. (I assume it is by using the cold water dispenser.)

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Running the cold water dispenser will flush the line, you will have to also flush the chilling tank the water goes into before the dispenser. See if your refrigerator manual explains if there's a way to cycle the ice maker to flush that line.
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If you have the "in the fridge" filter (ie you open the fridge door and you can replace the filter that way) I'd just put the filter canister back together without a filter and then run water through the dispenser until it runs clear. Then let the icemaker make ice until that runs clear. Once that's done install a new filter.

If you don't have a filter canister, but a filter that just screws on, put a pitcher or something under the filter mount and then run the water until it runs clear, then install the filter, then flush everything out (water dispenser runs clear/ice runs clear).

Hope that helps..
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