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Old 11-17-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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Winterizing question

My only winterizing question is, how do you winterize the refrigerator ice maker? How do you force the valve to activate to bring the antifreeze through the tubing?
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Old 11-17-2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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I have never heard of winterizing the ice maker. Personally I would not. Just drain it or maybe carefully blow the water out with air.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:30 PM   #3
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I think the line is so small, and usually plastic, that freezing water wouldn't expand enough to cause any problems. You could always make pink ice cubes if you wanted too.
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Pink ice cubes might have a funny taste. But actually i was a bit more concerned about the valves and connections on the back of the fridge.
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Actually we are gonna use it one last time this season Thanksgiving week. Take our own hotel room to Denver area.
Ice maker line is pretty exposed and thinking I need to do something with just that part for now.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:29 AM   #6
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I have a Norcold fridge and the owner's manual provides instructions for winterizing the ice maker. Basically, you disconnect both the inlet and outlet lines from the ice maker control valve on the back of the fridge. Then you use air pressure connected to your city water connection to blow out the inlet line. I think the outlet line from the valve drained enough water out when it was disconnected, but just to be sure, I sucked on the line to get any remaining water out. Best thing would be to follow the owner's manual.
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On my springfield, I run the pink stuff through it...I leave a jug hooked up in the convenience center and let the ice machine cycle a few times. The ice maker is the last item I winterize. Reverse the process in the spring...run about 6-batches of ice through it and all is well..... I tried to disconnect and let drain, but did not have any luck....
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On my springfield, I run the pink stuff through it...I leave a jug hooked up in the convenience center and let the ice machine cycle a few times. The ice maker is the last item I winterize. Reverse the process in the spring...run about 6-batches of ice through it and all is well..... I tried to disconnect and let drain, but did not have any luck....
Maybe the ease of draining depends on what type of fridge you have. Maybe if I had a residential type fridge, it would not be possible to easily drain the lines.

Note: The OP didn't say what type of fridge he has.
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...yep, I have the residential....
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The Norcold fridge...I wasnt really too worried about the 1/4" line feeding the ice maker, must more worried about the sylonoid valve and the shut off valve located between the 1/4" line and the 1/2" house line.
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