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Old 09-28-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation Norcold ice maker winterization ?

What's the best way to winterized the ice maker , and solenoid valve , ???

Do you just cycle pink antifreeze through system or ? Blow out , remove valve

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If you don't want pink ice, I'd just disconnect the water supply and blow it out with compressed air. Try to cycle the solenoid as you run air through the lines to get water out of that section of hose too. If you want to run RV antifreeze through, I'd only run it to the supply line, use air through the fridge.
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For years we have first blown out our water lines and then ran the pink fluid through everything including the ice maker. I leave the fridge running while doing this and when I have about a dozen pink slushy cubes I shut the fridge and water pump off, dump the cubes, leave the fridge doors cracked open a bit, and I'm done. Don't forget to dump some pink fluid down all your drains also.
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For years we have first blown out our water lines and then ran the pink fluid through everything including the ice maker. I leave the fridge running while doing this and when I have about a dozen pink slushy cubes I shut the fridge and water pump off, dump the cubes, leave the fridge doors cracked open a bit, and I'm done. Don't forget to dump some pink fluid down all your drains also.

X2 I have always used air first but that's me. Air alone thru the lines is good so you don't need as much pink stuff.
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I always turned off the water supply to the ice maker (mine is under the galley sink), then removed both lines from the solenoid on the back of the fridge (through the outside access hole) and let the water drain out. Hooked the lines back up and never had a problem. I did sometimes run antifreeze through the supply line until it ran out of the line before hooking it back up the solenoid. I never ran antifreeze into the ice maker.
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I always turned off the water supply to the ice maker (mine is under the galley sink), then removed both lines from the solenoid on the back of the fridge (through the outside access hole) and let the water drain out. Hooked the lines back up and never had a problem. I did sometimes run antifreeze through the supply line until it ran out of the line before hooking it back up the solenoid. I never ran antifreeze into the ice maker.
As long as the lines aren't full of water, the ice can't expand enough to damage the plumbing. I just don't like pink ice. A paper towel draped from the tray to outside will wick up and evaporate any water left in the tray. The damage people report is because water was left in a section of plumbing. Blowing out with air will remove enough water so that any left won't damage the lines.
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If you don't have an air source to hook up to the outside city water source you could just put your mouth on the ice maker line and blow or suck it out some and leave it disconnected. This is the time of year we will see a lot of posts on winterizing.
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I always used air up to the ice maker solenoid (disconnected the line there), and then disconnected the solenoid outlet side hose and just let it drain. It doesn't need to be completely dry - just some expansion room. The icemaker itself is normally frozen anyway, so no need to do anything there.

In my opinion, the critical areas are the solenoid itself, where its internal seal is easily freeze damaged, and the line from the RV water system to the solenoid.
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