Hello, so what exactly it is doing now? Do you feel air coming in the lower kick panel? Left hand side?
Oh.. Means the condenser fan is running. If it is rattling, it could mean also that the compressor is having a hard time working that is why I thought of the condenser fan. But seems like the fan is running.
oh...the ice machine is on a 7200 ft altitude? height would have an effect on the pressure of refrigerant so with this altitude, the pressures of refrigerant could be different. It could be having high pressure now because of the thinning of the atmospheric pressure. That would explain the compressor rattling and the counter top getting so hot. It looks like the unit is over charged with refrigerant.
You should have a gauge and correct the amount of refrigerant by releasing some but not too much.
Gauge manifold like this. Please click the blue word. Pressure of ice machine would usually start about 45 psi then ends with 25 before harvest. It would be hard to tell because pressure changes as the unit runs. After you out in the gauges, then I could probably tell if it is more and how much could be remove.
Then it would not make ice as well. but it would no longer rattle, would not heat too much.
yes but you might not be able to buy since refrigerant are restricted commodities.
check if the condenser coil is dirty.
remove the front cover and the condeser will be shown.
Yes. On the lower grill, there could be screws holding the grill, remove the grill and where air sucks in, that would be the condenser coil.
Ok. Then it could be normal tear and wear of the compressor since it has run for 2 years with an overcharged system.
The release valve would have a cover( cap) and it would be connected to the compressor, usually, it should be on the front as well, after you remove the grill.
I can not see it either in the service manual. You could just trace the pipes that came from the compressor. The one with a cap at the end would be the charging port. The other two are for the discharge and suction of the system.
No. Do not pull the compressor off the machine, all the gas would escape. Pull the whole unit off the wall so you can see clearly where the charging port is. when you see it, hook it on the blue hose of the gauge manifold.
That would be the low side of the gauge and it can measure 25-45 psi.
ok.. You can ask a tech and research on the effect of high altitude on refrigerant level because I am sure, internal pressure rises as you go higher altitude.
ok. Good luck on the repair.
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