An ice machine is a device for making ice. There are different types of ice machines that are available in the market. Some of them are found in homes. Some are integrated inside the refrigerator and are used for making ice. There are also stand-alone ice machines that are used in restaurants of juice bars. Some ice machines are also found in factories. These are known as industrial ice machines, and they are used for producing ice for a large scale market.
In order for an ice machine to last for a long time, it must be properly maintained and repaired immediately whenever there is a problem with the machine. This will reduce the chance of wearing out the machine.
Here are some tips on how to maintain and repair an ice machine:
- Water Filters. Water filters are a main component in an ice machine. Their purpose is to remove the sediments that may be found in the water. This keeps the water used for the ice both cleaner and clearer. By removing the sediments in the water, the quality of the water also improves, as the taste and odor caused by the sediments are removed. Ideally, the water filter inside the ice machine must be replaced every 6 months. Water filters are also seen in snow cone machines or slush machines, in ice shavers and ice dispensers. This is because the sediments get trapped in the filter, and it may no longer function properly if it is not cleaned or replaced.
- Antimicrobial Protection. The ice machine is prone to having mold and grime, as it contains water for the production of ice. Some ice machines are already manufactured with an antimicrobial protection that helps limit the production of grime and mold inside or outside the machine. If your ice machine does not come with an antimicrobial pouch, it is best to purchase one and place it inside the machine. The antimicrobial pouch must be replaced after 2 months of use to keep the ice machine clean.
- Regular Cleaning. Clean the ice machine after each use or daily if it is used in a restaurant or a juice bar. You also have to do a general cleaning of the ice machine and the ice bin every six months. The parts of the ice machine can be removed and unscrewed, so you will be able to clean the parts and the crevices properly. By doing this, you will make sure that your machine will last longer and will produce clean ice.
- Repair. If your ice machine needs repair, it is best to bring it to the manufacturer. You may still have a warranty for the ice machine. Do not try to fix the ice machine on your own if you don’t know what you are doing. Bring the machine to the manufacturer and tell them what the problem with the ice machine is.
These are some of the tips that you can use in maintaining and repairing your ice machine. Remember that the quality of the ice produced by the ice machine can be dependent on the cleanliness of the ice machine, so it is advisable to clean it each time it is used.