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Offline crawling

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Ice Machine Problem
« on: November 28, 2008, 06:49:43 AM »
Hello,

I have a crystal tip commercial ice maker that gives me problems.

At first when i turn on the machine everything runs fine and all the pipes are freezing
but after 10 minutes or so the hot gas starts flowing and everything starts to melt and then after a while the compressor shuts down.

anybody know what that means?

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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 11:33:38 AM »
Unless you have gauges hooked up to the sealed system and can rule this out as a problem, you'll have to rely on the tech sheet in the unit. Does it have a board to control everything?

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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 02:17:39 PM »
Hello,

I have a crystal tip commercial ice maker that gives me problems.

At first when i turn on the machine everything runs fine and all the pipes are freezing
but after 10 minutes or so the hot gas starts flowing and everything starts to melt and then after a while the compressor shuts down.

anybody know what that means?

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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 02:22:03 PM »
Watch this short video i made


Thanks for the pdf but that is not the model i have
the model number starts with1202c something, i can't read the rest.

Watch the video the hissing starts at 1.55

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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 04:04:59 PM »
That hot gas is suppose to loosen the ice cubes up after they have reached desired thickness. This is done by some sort of sensor. It could be a timer or a thickness switch. Something in the controls is causing the solenoid to prematurely come on. What do the controls look like?
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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 06:10:42 PM »
The troubledhooting section pertains to all of the models.
It seems to me that the hot gas valve is either stuck-open or prematurely energizing. Try removing the leads off the "hot-gas" valve, and see what happens.  :)
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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 09:05:13 PM »
I watched your movie. That compressor sounds sweet. The gas level is OK. Try putting some nickel guard in the reservoir and giving it a good wash then clean the dang condenser. Check the pump and make sure it is functioning. That machine don't need no gas. Compressor sounds strong and sweet. You have an ice harvest control problem. My opinion.
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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2008, 08:31:30 AM »
Icehouse I did exactly what you said and the machine is working perfectly now.
I just removed the leads of the switch that triggers the hot gas then turned on the machine to see what happens.
The machine was working at that point so i turned it of and reconnected the leads and waited 5 minutes to turned it on again.
Everything is back to normal.

My guess is that the valve was prematurely energizing.

Thank you guy's for helping me out .

If this happens again should i replace the switch ?

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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 08:36:40 AM »
 :) Yes and become a charter member here would help everyone.
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Re: Ice Machine Problem
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 08:41:56 AM »
What are the steps to take to become one :-\

 

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