Fowler and Sons offers superior maintenance work for your existing and/or newly installed equipment. Regarding commercial ice machines, each machine has its own unique functions and features. Most follow a basic cleaning process; removal of scale. Buildup can cause ice to stick to the evaporator plates’ surface and cause freeze-ups and costly repairs.
Here are seven basic steps in the ice machine cleaning process:
- Remove or dispose of ice prior to cleaning.
- Clean the machine’s water system, following the instructions in the instruction manual.
- Remove and inspect air filters.
- Check the water filtration system, observing if the water pressure drops due to any restrictions.
- Visually inspect the machine’s components, including the evaporator, cube sizing controls, water sensors, thermistors, water distributor parts, water valve and water hoses and water sump or reservoir.
- It’s a good idea to sanitize the machine after cleaning, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to clean and sanitize the storage bin or dispenser as well.
- Once cleaning is complete, observe two cycles, replacing all parts and panels and checking the freeze and harvest cycle times. It is recommended that you throw out the first batch of ice made after cleaning.
Cleaning times and frequencies can vary depending on the water quality and conditions of where the unit is installed. Typical between-clean times average 30, 60, or 90 days (consult the user’s manual) to ensure the unit runs at its highest operating efficiency. That is always the main goal of any preventive maintenance work. Safety and health standards are the utmost concern with owning and operating ice machines such as these.
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