Get Your Ice Machine Ready For Summer

June 5, 2012
By
Print Friendly

In the hot summer months, the demand for ice in your restaurant or place of business goes up dramatically. Therefore, it’s important to take extra maintenance precautions on your commercial ice machine(s) so you can extend the lifecycle of the unit while ensuring the cleanliness and purity of your ice. Remember, your ice is important to your customers and to the overall quality of your drinks.

The most common analogy to help prove the importance of commercial ice machine maintenance is to think of your ice machine as a car. If you never maintain the car, change the oil, etc., it will eventually burn up and destroy the engine. Your ice machine is the same way. When it’s working hard, particularly in the summer months, to produce a sufficient amount of ice for your demand, it’s vitally important to maintain the machine often and regularly it so it doesn’t wear down. No ice on a hot summer day = unhappy customers.

How Often Do I Need To Maintain My Machine?

Maintenance frequency is largely dependent on the usage. The general rule of thumb is that your machine should be serviced every 6 months. However, this largely depends on what kind of kitchen and demand you’re talking about. Fast food chains, drive-thrus, delis, and other places would be advised to maintain their unit on a more regular basis to prevent the build up of scale and other impure substances that could harm the taste, clarity, and quality of the ice.

 Heat is one of the biggest factors that can cause poor ice machine performance but so is neglecting to service it. Make sure the condenser coil and the evaporator are clean so production doesn’t slow down.

Our Suggestion For You

We suggest scheduling a professional service and maintenance at the beginning of the summer. Having an authorized service agent physically take apart the unit, clean all the parts, sanitize it properly, change out the filters, and put it back together will ensure optimal, hassle-free performance when you need it most. To find a local, authorized service agent call the Manufacturer of the Ice Machine you have to schedule an appointment!

Other Helpful Tips & Ideas:

1. The next time you’re looking to invest in a new machine, think Energy Star. We have lots of Energy Star Rated Ice Machines that will rake in 10% more water savings and 15% more energy savings than comparable, non-Energy Star Rated units!

Look for that blue square on the product pages to know whether it's an Energy Star Rated Product!

2. Keep the Machine in a Cool Place in the Kitchen (if possible)

3. Set the machine to run overnight for added energy savings

4. It’s easy to forget about regular maintenance, so keep track of service dates and plan ahead so you’re always on top of the proper maintenance schedule

Check out all the Commercial Ice Machines available on MissionRS.com!

Have you Read our Blog on Equipment Care & Cleaning Tips???

One Response to Get Your Ice Machine Ready For Summer

  1. LR Bergeron
    July 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Great post! Ice machine maintenance is often overlooked and very critical during the hot summer months.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Special Savings and Updates!

CONNECT WITH US ONLINE!

Join Our Circle on Google Plus Pin Us on Pinterest Visit Our Blog RSS Blog Feed
Missionrs.com HQ
1126 S. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78210
Toll Free
Local (210)354-0690
Fax (210)293-1460
San Antonio Showroom
1126 S. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78210
Toll Free 1-800-254-5042
Local (210)354-0690
Fax (210)354-0746
Austin Showroom
6509 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78752
Toll Free 1-800-399-1705
Local (512)389-1705
Fax (512)389-1746
Corpus Christi Showroom
1737 N. Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78408
Toll Free 1-800-694-8734
Local (361)289-5255
Fax (361)289-6057
McAllen Showroom
3422 N. 10th Street
McAllen, TX 78501
Toll Free 1-888-783-6084
Local (956)467-1295
Fax (956)467-1294
Fort Worth Showroom
2524 White Settlement Road (New Showroom)
2616 White Settlement Road (Used Showroom)
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Local (817)265-3973
Read Your Store ReviewsMissionRS.com on DealTime Click to verify BBB accreditation and to see a BBB report. Click here to see what industry leaders & the community are saying about us! Mission Restaurant Supply was named one of the 2012 Top Work Places!

Visit one of our Texas retail locations or shop our online store for special savings only available online with our web specials!

© 1988-2013, Mission Restaurant Supply, Food Service Equipment and Food Service Supply Company. All Rights Reserved. All other marks depicted herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

* Prices and specifications subject to change. Not responsible for Typographical or Image Errors

Texas Licenses: San Antonio TACLB012751R; Corpus Christi TACLB020056R; Austin TACLB022617R; McAllen TACLA37536C; Fort Worth TACLB26723R