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    Manitowoc BD0152a

    Good day people! This is my first post and I'm asking for professional help. I recently inquired this beautiful machine about 1 month ago and I can't get this unit to harvest before my 3.5 mins. So, I've read all your post regarding long harvest issues and I tried everything. Ok here's the confusing part, about a week ago out the the blue my harvest dropped from 3.5 mins to 2.5 mins and made beautiful ice and filled the bin. Well the harvest time slowly increased to >3.5?? I triple checked the machine for scale build up and cleaned the evap plate w Manitowoc nickel safe cleaner 4 times. The plate looks pretty good. Ice probe is clean as well. My freeze time is 20 mins and makes beautiful ice. During the harvest I noticed the fan comes on about 2-3 times before the 3.5 min lockout. Also I tried blocking half off the condenser and made my times even greater?? Usually the left side of my evap the ice starts to come off before the right side, but it did that when it was harvesting at 2.5 mins. I'm really needing someone to give me some professional help pretty plz . My good friend thinks its the Hot gas solenoid valve not opening all the way of could be leaking during the harvest. I kinda thought about that because if I was low on refrigerant it wouldn't make consistent freeze time of 20 mins and it wouldn't of have me great harvest time of 2.5 mins for a whole week before it started to slowly decline back to >3.5 mins. Maybe the valve is not opening all the way again or sticking?? I'm a min wage worker and I'm pretty handy and my family would greatly be humbled to have this machine working for our daily use!! I also downloaded the service manual and read it front to back 3 x. I read from your previous post that my condenser fan shouldn't come on during harvest and it does at least 2x, but manual said it can during harvest so I'm seriously needing help guys... God bless and any help will be greatly appreciated!!

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    Could be hot gas not opening completely, though not likely. Also, nickel could be gone from plates, grid may be separated from plates. In either case evap would need to be replaced. Top evap molding could be allowing water to freeze on the back of plate. This will cause harvest problems.

    That machine is likely very old. I would't spend much time or effort on it. If it is anything other than a leaking molding allowing water to freeze on back of evap, I would give it to the junk man.

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    Thank you very much for responding.. The plate is perfect and it's just strange how it harvested perfect for 1 week and them slowly decline like that but thanks anyway...

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    This is not a diy site so your answers will be generic.
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    Ice machines are very specialized pieces of equipment. There could be a ton of things wrong with them, but my money is on ice on the back of the plates, grid and/or plate separation, or damaged/missing plating on the evaporator surface. The plate simply cannot be in perfect condition....The machine is too old, and the harvest is too long. A new B-series would harvest in 1 minute.

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    Hey micha, how can I go about checking and fixing the leaking top evap molding if that's the problem? I just took the top off my unit and behind the evap where the dump valve and the drier is located I did notice it was somewhat wet?? Hmmm that's pretty interesting! I thought that little water was from the condensation from the freeze and going into harvest just like when you wake up in the morning dew?? Haha.. So maybe not the HGV!

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    No, on the back side of the evap plate, not the condensing unit section. It usually leaks between the plastic and metal at the top of the evap. I don't think I can say much more without violating the no diy rules here.

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    Oh ok sir thank you very much I will check and update!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluewater4life View Post
    Good day people! This is my first post and I'm asking for professional help. I recently inquired this beautiful machine about 1 month ago and I can't get this unit to harvest before my 3.5 mins. So, I've read all your post regarding long harvest issues and I tried everything. Ok here's the confusing part, about a week ago out the the blue my harvest dropped from 3.5 mins to 2.5 mins and made beautiful ice and filled the bin. Well the harvest time slowly increased to >3.5?? I triple checked the machine for scale build up and cleaned the evap plate w Manitowoc nickel safe cleaner 4 times. The plate looks pretty good. Ice probe is clean as well. My freeze time is 20 mins and makes beautiful ice. During the harvest I noticed the fan comes on about 2-3 times before the 3.5 min lockout. Also I tried blocking half off the condenser and made my times even greater?? Usually the left side of my evap the ice starts to come off before the right side, but it did that when it was harvesting at 2.5 mins. I'm really needing someone to give me some professional help pretty plz . My good friend thinks its the Hot gas solenoid valve not opening all the way of could be leaking during the harvest. I kinda thought about that because if I was low on refrigerant it wouldn't make consistent freeze time of 20 mins and it wouldn't of have me great harvest time of 2.5 mins for a whole week before it started to slowly decline back to >3.5 mins. Maybe the valve is not opening all the way again or sticking?? I'm a min wage worker and I'm pretty handy and my family would greatly be humbled to have this machine working for our daily use!! I also downloaded the service manual and read it front to back 3 x. I read from your previous post that my condenser fan shouldn't come on during harvest and it does at least 2x, but manual said it can during harvest so I'm seriously needing help guys... God bless and any help will be greatly appreciated!!
    Sounds like multiple problems.
    When the ice comes off sideways the evap is dirty or not in as good of shape as you think.
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    Yes I agree the closer I look at the evap it does look a little dull even tho I cleaned it 4x with the Manitowoc cleaner. Now the nickle is still 80% still there. I don't see any leaks on the top evap molding gasket either. Micha was very helpful and i had my fingers crossed there was a small leak that was creeping to the back of evap but not the case?? Itsiceman, why do you think the harvest was 2.5 mins for a week and slowly decline for? Could it be the HGV?

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    I did not read everything but if the fan comes on in harvest this is a bad thing. It could be showing you that the harvest valve is restricted. What are the pressures in harvest? That is the only real way of knowing the harvest valve is restricted.
    The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent The Manitowoc Company's positions, strategies, or opinions.

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    [QUOTE=jonbailey19808;14952751 What are the pressures in harvest? That is the only real way of knowing the harvest valve is restricted.[/QUOTE]

    or take a temperature on each side of the valve.

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    Actually taking temperatures on each side of the valve will not tell you for sure if it is restricted. The evap is so cold it takes the heat very quickly and a Temperature difference will not give you good information i have found.
    The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent The Manitowoc Company's positions, strategies, or opinions.

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