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Machine oil in my ice

My freezer ice maker is throwing machine oil into the ice. I am afraid this might have been going on for several years and that we ingested the oil, because when I smelled the frank green oil that is now coming into my ice, it smelled just like the off smell my ice has always had. I once had the machine serviced and complained about the off smell of the ice and was told that the smell had to do with the water supply in my municipality. I hope this oil is not cancerous. I also wonder what to do about this problem.

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  • jgagepalmer Apr 16, 2009

    Kitchenaid KSSP48QFS05

  • jgagepalmer Apr 16, 2009

    SG,


    I have installed a water filter, but that is not the problem.  The machine oil is coming into the ice container from the side of the machine that sits to the left of the built-in ice tray.  I can see little globs of green oil on the ledge next to the container, directly below the wires and moving parts.  The oil is not embedded in the ice - it is mixed in with the ice, in the container where the ice waits to be dispensed.


    Thanks,
    JG

  • jgagepalmer Apr 17, 2009

    SG,


    Thank you!  I will call and report the problem.


    JG

  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell May 11, 2010

    JG,
    YUCK!!!!

    OK, that's out of my system... can you provide a model number for your fridge? That way I'd be able to pull up detailed info for you.

    SG


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JG,
The reason I wanted your model number is to see if your fridge has a built in filter. It doesn't. Have you considered connecting one to your incoming water line? You can find one here or at any local hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, etc...).

Your ice maker won't introduce oil into your ice. Neither will your water inlet valve. So the source of you contaminant must be coming from your incoming water supply.

SG

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell Apr 17, 2009

    OK then, JG. There must be a leak from the unit above that is seeping into the freezer compartment.
    You mentioned the color "green". This sounds like it's coming from the unit compartment. There is NO WAY that this should be happening. Period. If, as you say, the gunk is coming through the liner and dripping into the ice bin then you have a serious issue. The interior liner is compromised.

    You should call KitchenAid and request service (have your Model and serial number handy)... 1-800-422-1230. Seriously... you should NOT hesitate to resolve this.

    SG



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