Question about Hoshizaki Commercial Freezer KM-500MAH
I change float switch but water keep goin even water bakin up in bin. But fan or compresser dont turn on.
Really sounds like the board needs replacing. after 1 minute, if the float is doing it's job, the compressor is to come on provided the water level is correct and the float is doing what it was designed to do.
Posted on Jun 07, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Water runs constantly
Update on the above! The water does shut off, but when the water is running it runs and splashes for awhile down all over the ice thats in there. Water bill is very high when it is in use.
Posted on Apr 14, 2008
(Quated From Hoshizaki Technical Bulletin)
An alarm code of 3 beeps
every 3 seconds means that the control board has shut
down on the 60 minute freeze cycle back up timer.
The “E” control board has a 60 minute timer that starts at
the beginning of the freeze cycle. If the float switch fails
to open and start the next harvest within 60 minutes, the
board will automatically start the harvest cycle. If this
occurs in two consecutive cycles, the control board will
shut the unit down on the manual reset, freeze cycle
back- up timer. The yellow fault LED marked “60 min.”
will illuminate. This safety is designed to help prevent a
freeze up of the evaporator.
Once you have identified the 60 minute alarm, there are
several things to check. Reset the alarm by depressing
the white reset button to the right of the fault LED’s.
This must be done with the power “ON”. Now check the
float switch to see if it is stuck in the up position. A stuck
float can occur if scale is present on the reed switch
shaft inside the housing. To check it, drain the water
reservoir, unplug the black float switch connector (K5)
from the control board and check it with an ohm meter
for a closed switch (zero ohms). If the float switch is
sticking, clean it with ice machine cleaner or replace it as
An inlet water valve which is slowly leaking by during the
freeze cycle can cause a 60 minute alarm. If the inlet
water valve is stuck wide open, it is unlikely that any ice
will form on the evaporator. Check for a slow leak by
allowing the unit to cycle into the freeze cycle and
disconnecting the hose at the outlet of the water valve. If
water leaks by during the freeze cycle, the water valve
diaphragm is likely damaged or the small diaphragm bleed
port is clogged with scale. Clean the bleed port or replace
the diaphragm or entire water valve as necessary.
(I Recommend to get a refrigeration tech for this part).
Another possibility is a refrigeration system problem. You
should use normal refrigeration diagnosis procedures to
check for one of these problems. If the thermostatic
expansion valve is not feeding properly or the refrigerant
charge is low, the evaporator will not form ice as it should
and a long freeze cycle will occur. This could also be the
result of the hot gas valve not closing completely during
the freeze cycle or if the compressor valves are weak or
inefficient. An inefficient compressor however, will
usually show up first on the KM model through a longer
than normal harvest cycle. This is because of cooler
than normal discharge gas. Use proper refrigeration
practices to repair a refrigeration system problem.
While these are not the only reasons for a 60 minute
freeze cycle, they are the most common and should be
checked to resolve a 3 beep/yellow fault LED alarm.
Posted on Apr 26, 2008
put an amp probe on common wire at compressor and see what amps are when it tries to start. 40 to 60 is mechancially locked up compressor. kill power and test start and run capacitors. there is an thermal temp over load on the compressor that opens when comp gets hot from trying to start. gently remove and look for cracks or burned looking. . i saw one this week doing exact same and i have ordered the oem compressor start cap realy and run cap and drier and will put in all new gas. be sure to allow sufficient time when switched to ice for it to get to ref cycle, it may take 5 minutes starting with water purge, then fill, etc. good luck, call hoshizaki dist they are usually pretty helpful if you need a auth service rep in you area. i think they are three years warrantied!
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
Hoshizaki machines have a water inlet valve that can stick in the open position. This will cause the machine to do silly things. If you can turn the machine off and you can still hear water running, the valve is stuck open. It is an easy fix. Water valve only has 2 wires going to it and 2 water lines. One inlet and one outlet. Just turn off water and kill power at the breaker before doing any work.
Hope this helps and good luck.
Try Rick and Restaurant Parts and More in Ohio for a replacement valve. 1-888-814-1110
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
If this unit is iced up this bad, when it goes into the harvest mode, if it has hot gas defrost or electric grid, its not working, The ice will continue to build up all around the coil, flaps, everywhere there is a place for ice to build up. When you defrost it, it will continue to do this. With out service gauges to check this unit when it goes into harvest mode you are not going to find the problem. I hate telling you this, but some things you cant check without special equipment and I know you are trying to save $$$ as we all are. You will need to call a tech out to install his gauges to do the internal checks on the unit and use his electrical meter to check other componants. Please let me know and keep me posted.
Posted on Mar 19, 2010
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