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How to Properly Service Ice Maker Machines

Updated: Jan 10

We featured an article last month on ensuring your ice machine is ready for summer. Today, we want to discuss how you can adequately service your ice makers so that they continue to produce perfect ice cubes.

Cleaning your ice maker regularly is essential to ensure high-quality ice. This is an interesting statistic from the FDA. Did you know the average American purchases at least four bags of ice yearly? Of those purchases, 80% occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Preparing drinks properly is essential if you run a food service company such as a Restaurant or Healthcare Facility. When someone wants a cold beverage, you must remember the importance of quality ice. You can safely assume that the ice machine is critical to customer satisfaction.

Check out the checklist below to ensure you are performing regular maintenance on your Ice maker machine. You should take great care of your equipment, whether weekly, monthly, or quarterly, to ensure it works correctly.

Everything from the ice machine should be removed. Remove or dispose of any remaining cubes to avoid contaminating the cleaning solution. Remove or discard any remaining cubes to prevent contamination of the cleaning solution.

Check out some more tips below you can implement immediately!

Cleaning the water system

Consult your machine's manual for instructions on properly cleaning the water system. This process includes flushing and cleaning the water system with an ice machine solution. Clean water systems can improve the efficiency of your machine and its ice production.

Check machine components

To ensure everything is working correctly, it's vital to inspect each component of your commercial ice maker thoroughly. This inspection should examine the evaporator and all its components, including water sensors, cube size controls, water distribution parts, thermistors (thermocouples), water hoses or reservoirs, and water valves.

Check the water pressure and water filter system

If the pressure drops, check to ensure no obstructions or restrictions in the water filter system.

All components should be thoroughly cleaned

To sanitize your machine, you should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. This includes the dispenser and the storage bin. This is a crucial step to ensure ice safety and prevent bacterial growth.

The removable components of the ice maker can harbor scale and mold, compromising its quality and posing a health hazard. These parts should be cleaned separately from the rest of the machine.

Test and reassemble the ice machine

After all removable parts are thoroughly cleaned, rinse with clean water. Then dry with a clean cloth. Before reassembling your ice maker, it's essential to ensure all removable parts are thoroughly dried. Any residual moisture could promote the growth of mold and bacteria.

After all, components are cleaned and sanitized, return them to the appropriate location and follow two cycles. Dispose of the first batch to ensure it is clean and contaminant-free.

Sea Breeze can assist when exploring a reliable and professional ice maker installer in the great New York and New Jersey areas. If you need help diagnosing and repairing an issue with your ice machine. Sea Breeze handles everything mentioned within their rental programs. Call Sea Breeze or contact our team directly on our website to inquire about renting an ice machine and let us maintain it.

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