Very few end users fully understand the importance of properly cleaning and sanitizing their ice machines, storage bins, and dispensers. Yet the quality and safety of every beverage they serve as well as the longevity and power consumption of their equipment depends on proper maintenance.
Cleaning an ice machine regularly ensures the ice machine will function as efficiently as possible while producing clean and high quality ice. Ice machine manufacturers typically recommend cleaning and sanitizing ice machines at least every 6 months.
Ice machines may encounter issues which require troubleshooting to diagnose the exact problem in order to find a solution. Some ice machines may even beep or light up to indicate an issue. Two of the most common issues which may require ice machine troubleshooting include poor ice quality and imperfect ice cube shapes.
The most important approach to an ice machine repair to keep in mind is to remember that it is part of the HVAC family. What this means is that most ice machines stop working due to being dirty, either the air or water aspect part of the machine.
In this troubleshooting situation you’ve been called to a restaurant to check an ice machine that, according to the customer, “isn’t working like it should.” You find that you’re dealing with a 240-volt, single-phase machine that has a remote condenser, and it also employs a small air compressor to provide air to assist in freeing the cubes.
Homes, restaurants, and businesses rely on clear, clean ice for many applications. Ice is considered a food source, and the water that makes the ice must be of good quality; but what it is the difference between hard and soft ice? Read to find out.