We purchased this product last year and it is wonderful. We plan to be out of town for a couple of months and want to turn it off along with the water. Is this okay to do that?
Asked by: John Howell
Alright, so, it's perfectly fine to power down your machine for months at a time—people do this regularly and especially in the wintertime. Now, since you're going to be out of town for a few months, I assume that, in addition to your ice machine, you'll be turning off your home's central air system and it's going to get cold in there while you're gone. You'll want to winterize your ice maker by draining it of all water—not only will this protect the machine's pipes from frozen water, but it'll also prevent mildew growth. Right. Step 1: scoop out all the ice and throw it away. Pour about 8 ounces of scale remover (Scotsman sells the stuff, it's not too expensive) into the reservoir and let the machine run for about 2 hours. This will remove the built up limescale from the reservoir. Pour hot water from your sink into the bin and melt all the new ice now in there. Clean out the bin liner with hot water, dry it, and maybe quickly sanitize it. (This deliming process, by the way, should be done yearly to keep the machine running well. Most users don't do it, but we recommend it anyway.)
Now, your ice machine should be completely free of ice and water. Turn the unit off and switch off the water supply. There's this rubber cap on the back wall of the ice storage bin, which you can unplug and then completely drain out the water reservoir: so do this, unstop the cap. From here disconnect the incoming water line at the inlet water valve, and then switch the machine back on. Use a tire pump or something to blow air through the inlet water valve until water stops flowing out. This is the drain pump model, right? For drain pump models, you should pour about half a gallon of R.V. antifreeze—NOT AUTOMOTIVE; propylene glycol—into the ice storage bin drain. Turn the machine back off and you're good.
This is all kind of involved, but it's what the manufacturer recommends. At the bare minimum, you should remove the ice from the bin. Anyway, I hope this helps. We're glad that you like your machine. Enjoy your trip!
Answer provided by: Jeramy (9/12/2014)