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    Scotsman nugget basic help

    My ice machine service is few and far between so here goes. Have a scots nugget dispenser Mdt5n40a-1h
    0907132001330. The bottom of the hopper /dispenser clogs with slush. Seems to be producing "wet slushy" ice. My common sense tells me the evap is fouled and in need of a deep cleaning. Not locking out on any faults or anything. Does one just let it thaw, pull the auger and is evap exposed then? Is there anything more aggresive we can use to clean. I don't think the filling reservoir and cycling method described on the inner panel is gonna cut it. Runs the oem water filter and is changed on a regular basis. Is there any spare parts one should have to have - seals etc that well need? So there we have it- nugget making soft ice that is slush at bottom of hopper- clogs dispenser. My thought is deep cleaning. Also ain't it so that the "nickel safe " cleaner is just for cuber a as cubers are nickel plated. Thanks in advance.
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    Not really a reply to your post. Just a rookie and haven't figured out how to post yet. I have a Scotsman AEF400. It is constantly dripping water from the bottom. I placed a water hater pan under it. The pan will be full in about a day. When the machine is turned off, I can see and hear water seeping through the water reservoir. The reservoir stays level full. I don't know if the float valve is bad or if the water seal is bad and leaking from there. I have tried to adjust the float but it stays level full regardless of where I set the float. I have a water seal. Hate to tear it down and replace it if it is the float valve. That I can change without having to pull the auger. Anybody help?

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    Try and clean the snot out of the bin drain first

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Try and clean the snot out of the bin drain first
    What can I say?? I hear hooves and think of zebras instead of horses. Doesn't it just drain out of the dispenser chute? Wow not sure how I missed that one
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    Threre should be a drain just below the level of the chute. You most likely are brewing a ice and water snot soup slushy at the bottom of the bin hopper and serving hole is the next best option for the ice melt+snot water to excape the incubator

    I think got Snotsman for Christmas
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    To answer some of the other questions, you do need a water seal if you plan to pull the auger. I had the same model with 1/16" of scale. I soaked the auger in a bucket of cleaner overnight and that did the trick. I am also curious if I can use something stronger than the nickel safe as that is what I used.

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    Isn't nickel safe just for cubers? So you do have to break the bottom water seal to pull the auger then huh? I'm sure I dropped the ball by missing the bin drain but it seems like the ice is a little soft. I do to think this machine has every been cleaned. Last thing I want to do is put my gauges on ice machine as it seems universal that all mfg's say that's the last thing to do.

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    Bin Drain first

    If your speaking of the Auger in the hopper there Stainless Steel any cleaner works. (CLR)

    The evaporator is a different story all together. Its best to download the manual and do as they say. I hate cleaning Flakers / Nugget machines.

    How old is this machine?

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    It's about 5 years old maybe.

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    The big stainless thing that spins around (can't think of the name) pulls straight up. Then the bottom plate pulls out. Below that will be a bunch of slimy nastiness that will be waiting for you. Especially if it hasn't been cleaned in 5 years.

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    Hmm Scotsman Water Seal

    Quote Originally Posted by FieldGen3 View Post
    To answer some of the other questions, you do need a water seal if you plan to pull the auger. I had the same model with 1/16" of scale. I soaked the auger in a bucket of cleaner overnight and that did the trick. I am also curious if I can use something stronger than the nickel safe as that is what I used.
    New member here, can anyone here guide to where I post to sell some of these Scotsman Water seals #02-0929-20. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Junk Yard at the bottom of the site

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    If the drain is not clogged, major problems are sure to be had. I have seen evaps separate or TXV issues. To check the evap, auger out, look down the barrel and watch the frost pattern. Frost from the bottom up or top first?

    The TXV in those things tend to foul up on a regular basis. The newer ones come with an adjustable one to be able to try to tweak it to maintain a 28# suction (give or take).

    When all else fails, call tech support, they tend to be pretty good....just don't say anything negative about their machines.....

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