Stuck with Warm Drinks?
Do you have Lancer CED 500 or 1500 and the water coming from the dispenser is not coming out cold? You could have a bad ice bank control. The ice bank control is what signals the compressor to turn on and off. It is gauged by the probe located inside the water/ice bath of the unit. If the water coming from the dispenser is warm (or not cold) and you don’t hear the fan or compressor running, this could be THE issue. This ice bank control is fairly easy to replace. All you will need is a couple of screwdrivers. It is an electrical component so POWER WILL NEED TO BE OFF. Always unplug your dispenser if you are attempting to examine or repair anything. Furthermore, leave this job to a Donastar professional if you do not feel comfortable!
I have attached a video and some images of this repair to go along with this blog. First, unplug the dispenser and ensure the power is off. Remove the top cover from the dispenser and the locate the IBC. Next, remove the plastic cover by loosening the screw in the center and pull off. You will notice 2 electrical leads connected, 1 HOT IN and 1 HOT OUT as well as another wire that is plugged in, this is the wire from the probe. you will want to disconnect the probe wire and loosen the screws for the in and out connections. Remember which one is in and out! There are 2 more screws holding the IBC in place, remove those and then you can easily replace it with the new IBC. Just follow the steps in reverse to install. Power the unit back on and you will need to wait 5-10 minutes to see if the compressor kicks back on. If so, give the dispenser a few hours to form an ice bank inside and your drinks will once again be pouring cold!
For a replacement or any additional questions or concerns, please visit donastar.com for contact information or call us at 833-366-2782. We are happy to help, even if you just need further assistance on removing the co2/air line.
We have lots of other content on diagnosing and fixing beverage issues, so please check those out for a fast/free way to keep your cups full!