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     olivero updated 6 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • olivero - Florida

    November 27, 2019 at 4:11 pm


    I had a Scotsman ice machine that was erroring out on error code 8 which is thin ice.

    I then pulled the curtain off and saw the wire that should be on the harvest sensor just hanging down and in the stream of water, so I figured that’s where the problem was. 

    I thought just stripping the wire and re-crimping it would be good and it did work but I was wondering what kind of wire it was? It seemed like ignition cable used in Vulcan convection ovens, not just a single wire or stranded, kind of odd.

    Anybody know?

  • fixbear - ADK NY

    November 27, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I suspect your working on perhaps a CME.  Regardless, It sounds like the ice bridge sensor wire is what your referring to.  Yes it is a single wire that senses currant flow through the water to the grounded evaporator. Yes, micro amps like a flame sensor. They will false sense if not cleaned, rinsed, and dried.

    • olivero - Florida

      November 28, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Hey Fixbear,

      I’m aware of what the sensor does, this is what it looks like.

      The wire for it is what I’m asking about, it’s not a regular wire, seems like it’s similar wire like what’s used on spark control ignition type systems, kind of like a fiber wire, not just copper.

  • fixbear - ADK NY

    November 28, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I know that the insulation has to be really good and not be able to adsorb any moisture,  But if it’s not copper, it may be a resistance wire. I’ve never cut one or had one break. Probably a Teflon and woven glass and graphite if a resistance wire.  I know that the sensing is very delicate.

    • olivero - Florida

      November 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      It’s just like ignition cable, seems like some sort of fabric or nylon and it seems like there is 1 thread of copper running through it, but it’s not like a normal wire. 

      I cut it, stripped it and crimped a new connector on it and it read just fine and it’s working fine now, I was just wondering what kind of wire it was.

      Have you ever stripped ignition wire before? that’s the only thing I can compare it to.

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