Opal Ice Maker - Cleaning and Maintaining the Opal

Keeping the Opal ice maker and side tank accessory clean ensures you have plenty of fresh tasting ice. Your Opal ice maker will indicate when it is time to clean the unit. When the display ring is solid yellow, it is ready to be cleaned. Follow the directions in your Owner's Manual, or use the directions below. 
 
Before Cleaning:
  1. Turn off and unplug the Opal, and let it set for 1 hour before cleaning.
  2. If you are using the filter, remove it and reinstall the reservoir screen. Water will not circulate during the cleaning cycle, if these two steps are not completed.
  3. If there is a large buildup of minerals, take a pen and see if you can dislodge any hard mineral build up that might be stuck at the top of the ice chute.
    • Hard water residue may not always be visible but will impede ice production.
  4. Drain the Opal of any water through the drain tubes
 
Cleaning the Opal:
 
Recommended weekly
  1. Plug in the Opal and slide the switch located at the back of the unit to the ‘Clean’ position. The display ring with light up yellow and pulse.
  2. Create a solution of five cups water and 1 tsp of household bleach.
    • Do not use soap to clean the water reservoir.  
  3. Pour the solution into the water reservoir. 
  4. Touch the display button to start the cleaning process. The light will start to spin and you will hear water circulating.
  5. After three minutes the water will stop and the light will begin to pulse again.
  6. When the light pulses, drain the Opal by unhooking the top of the drain hoses at the back of the unit and then laying them down to drain into a sink or bucket. 
  7. Remove the plugs and allow the water to completely drain. 
  8. Once the water stops flowing, re-insert the drain plugs. 
  9. Add five cups of fresh water to the water reservoir and touch the button. The light ring is divided into four sections to indicate each stage. Successive quarters of the ring will become brighter with each rinse cycle. 
  10. Rinse three times with fresh water. Repeat steps 5 through 9 two more times, adding fresh water to the reservoir each time (you can repeat the rinse cycle as many times as you like).
  11. Replace the drain tubes on the back.
  12. When complete, slide the rear switch back to ‘Ice’ mode. 
 
Removing Mineral Deposits:
 
Recommended at least every 6 months
  1. Fill the reservoir with vinegar to the max fill line and run up to three cleaning cycles.
    1. Or, purchase an Opal Cleaning Kit and follow the instructions inside. For more information, visit: Opal Ice Maker - Filter, Parts & Accessories
  2. If using vinegar, leave the vinegar in the unit for 18 hours and set a vinegar-soaked towel on the ice chute overnight to further dissolve any mineral build-up. 
  3. Clean the sensors with vinegar and wipe clean with water. After draining the vinegar, run three rinse cycles, using fresh water for each rinse. 
 
Cleaning the Sensors:
 
Recommended at least every 6 months
 
Cleaning the Exterior:
 
Recommended as needed
 
Cleaning the Side Tank:
  • Opal Ice Maker - Cleaning and Care of the Side Tank