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October 8, 2018 Preventative Maintenance

How to Clean Your Ice Machine

How to Clean and Maintain Ice Machines

Most equipment can experience an early death if not properly maintained, but many can live long productive lives with just a few key maintenance tips. Taking precautions throughout the life of your equipment will keep it running longer and in the case of ice machines, keep the product safe for others to use.

Whether it’s used for catering or room service, in banquet halls and conference rooms, in laboratories or break areas or for patients or guests, ice plays a big role in your organization’s daily operations. It is up to you to keep such equipment functioning properly, and preventive maintenance can help you be even more prepared for the unexpected.
Why Do I Need To Clean My Ice Machine

Scale or calcium and magnesium buildup can happen in just a few weeks, changing the taste of the water and even damaging your machine when it adheres to the surface of the evaporator plates. Such accumulation can impede heat transfer, increase harvest times, reduce capacity or result in costly repairs.

Since most manufacturers recommend that you replace the filter at least every six months, keep filters on site for quicker maintenance. Check your machine’s user manual for more guidance. Between-clean times average 30, 60 or 90 days.

How to Clean My Ice Machine

Most ice machines follow a basic cleaning process that focuses on descaling, but refer to your machine’s user manual for specific cleaning guidelines. Here’s an overview of the basic cleaning process:

  • Prior to cleaning, remove or dispose of ice.
  • Clean the water system according to your machine’s instruction manual.
  • Remove air filters and inspect them to determine if they need to be replaced.
  • Check the water filtration system, including the water pressure to determine if there is anything restricting water flow.
  • Visually inspect all of the machine’s components, including the cube-size controls. Make sure your machine is set to the desired size.
  • Check the water valve, looking for debris on the inlet side that can cause water restriction.
  • Sanitize the machine and the storage bin or dispenser to make sure the machine produces clean ice. Be sure to refer to your machine’s instructional manual for specifics.
  • After you’ve replaced the parts and panels, observe two to three cycles of ice production. Check the freeze and harvest cycle times, and dispose of the ice from these batches as cleaning products and debris may still remain.
Other Parts and Items to Keep On Hand for Easy Use and Replacement Parts for Ice Machines
  • Ice scoops
  • Casters
  • Water Hoses
  • Sump Pumps
  • Evaporator
  • Water Distributor Parts
  • Reservoir
  • Ice Machine Cleaning Kits

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