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Scotsman AFE 400 An oil substance is in the ice. My repair man has cleaned two times Still has black . Do not see it on fresh ice but put in a glass after it melts there is black. Mine is a flaker evaporator style.

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The seal on your breaker bearing has been compromised it needs to be replaced Its hard to find just the bearing now days They come in a kit which costs close to 800 plus 2 hrs of labor if you do fix it make sure to replace lower bearing and water seal to save than 1000 dollar gear box

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You need a more qualified repair man. It sounds as though the bearing or the water seal or both are in need of replacement. Flaked ice machines are high maintenance items. This one may not have had enough maintenance or it is just too late. Look for a Scotsman authorized and trained dealer in your area.

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

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    bcky_may Jan 24, 2014

    I am looking at a used machine that has this issue. how much could I expect to spend if worse case that bearings & seals had to be replaced? Would thIs this be a machine worth considering or should I pass & keep looking?

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    bcky_may Jan 24, 2014

    The issue is it is putting a oily black substance in the ice. Dirty/maybe oily ice!? What can I expect this to cost to repair materials & labor?



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