5 Common Questions Regarding Soda Fountain Equipment
Updated: Sep 7
In a recent Markets Reports Insights feature, the Global Soda Fountain Dispenser Systems market is anticipated to rise considerably during the forecast period between 2023 and 2030. This is excellent news for those in the industry, as the costs of soda bottles have significantly increased over the past three years. Restaurants and other industries serving beverages see an ability to generate a higher profit margin with fountain beverages.
Soda fountain equipment can be found at almost any location serving food, yet despite their ubiquity; most people don't know much about them. Truthfully, soda fountains can be complex machines. Luckily for those without a lot of experience in dealing with the equipment, the parts you need to clean regularly and reassemble are easily accessible.
This article will answer five of the most frequently asked questions regarding maintaining a soda fountain.
Is a water line necessary?
Yes, a running line of water is necessary! Syrups need to be diluted in water to create bubbly drinks. Your soda comprises five parts water and one portion syrup. You can save money on syrups while maintaining your profit margins.
If you choose a water line, ensure it has an interior diameter of 3/8". This will ensure the carbonator gets enough water to perform its task efficiently. You'll get noise, and your sodas may be flat if the water line is extended.
What is the minimum space required for a soda machine?
You must check the dimensions with the manufacturer because of some variations. Most eight-valved soda fountains measure about 32" tall x 26" wide and 28" deep.
The standard carbonator measures 12" x 12", while the three-gallon box measures 15.75" x 11.25" x 6". Most food service establishments use heavy-duty shelving units to organize equipment and spare syrup boxes. Zip ties are a great way to manage the hoses.
If you want to save space in your facility, many locations opt for a soda/bar gun instead, which only requires a small space under your bar.
How long can a CO2 tank be used?
A 20 lb. tank will last about the same time as it takes to go through eight 3-gallon syrup boxes. An empty CO2 tank can be exchanged for a full tank for a nominal refill fee. Sea Breeze regularly tests the tanks to ensure compliance, so you don't have to worry about that. Ensure that any tanks on location are chained in for your safety.
Do soda fountain machines require a cooling system?
Keep your fountain system cool. Temperature helps drinks retain carbonation when they meet the air. Several cooling systems are available, but the most common is a cold plate that requires you to keep it cold with ice, keep your seltzer line cold, and carbonate your beverages correctly.
How frequently should the soda equipment be cleaned?
The valves, exterior surfaces, and ice traps must be cleaned daily. If you have an attached ice dispenser, you should empty and clean it once a week. To prevent mildew and mold, let these parts dry overnight. The lines themselves do not require cleaning except for 100% juices and when there may be a flavor change.
The external surfaces of your soda equipment should be cleaned daily, including the nozzles, cup levers, and gun sheathing. Nozzles should be removed and soaked weekly and cleaned with a brush. The bar gun should also be soaked and cleaned with a brush weekly.
Ice bins should have the exterior wiped down daily with a sanitizing wipe. Each week the bin should be entirely emptied and cleaned thoroughly. The bin should be air-dried before refilling it with ice.
These are just some common questions people have about soda fountain machines. If you want to learn more, please get in touch with the team at Sea Breeze today! With almost a hundred years of experience, we can answer any beverage equipment question for your business.