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04-16-2016, 07:58 AM
I cleaned a Iceomatic machine and noticed some of the evaporator's nickel plating was left in the bottom of the machine. Does anybody know what causes the nickel plating to come off and how dangerous is the nickel plating if ingested? The machine is 4 years old and never been cleaned.

04-16-2016, 08:08 AM
Usually bad water causes this to happen. Evaporator should be under warranty. I would not be using this machine as it is.

04-16-2016, 05:31 PM
Lack of maintenance and using full strength cleaner or CLR

04-16-2016, 06:24 PM
Lack of maintenance and using full strength cleaner or CLR

I followed manufactures instructions and used proper cleaner. The church secretary said that this was the first time its been cleaned. Nickel flakes where found at the bottom of the bin when I removed the ice before cleaning.

04-16-2016, 06:45 PM
Don't drink with a straw and you should be ok :eek:

04-16-2016, 07:08 PM
Lack of cleaning for all of that time caused the ice to literally pull the plating off.

Strictly in the technical sense, nickel is considered a toxin. That's why surgical stainless steel instruments do not have any nickel in in them. But I've never heard of anyone having problems with nickel toxicity.

04-17-2016, 12:38 AM
Ice needs to be absolutely clean and clear or there will be Hell to pay.

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04-19-2016, 08:26 PM
What the others said is true about over use of full strength and non acceptable cleaners.. but for as much as an ice o matic fan that i am.. their evaporators sometimes just suck. Ive replaced many under warranty. If the machine is 4 years old the evaporator is defintely under warranty but your labor is not. It defintely needs to be changed. Dont wait. Its really not to bad to change either. I wouldnt do it for less than $450.. i think IOM will pay 3.5-4.0 hours when labor is covered

04-19-2016, 09:43 PM
NEVER run cleaner through an IOM, the plates are junk. I do like the way they have not changed the process, but the plates have changed for the worse, I have changed a few plates under 5 years old.