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!
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