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Is It Time to Replace your Ice Machine?

Ice machines are a staple in every commercial kitchen. A good ice machine is the difference between foggy cubes and a crisp, refreshing drink. Sadly, with every piece of equipment comes a lifespan. With proper cleaning, a quality ice machine will last around 4 to 5 years on average, sometimes even longer. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your ice machine?

The first thing you need to do is locate the problem. When your ice machine is on the fritz, there are two main reasons: either your ice machine has been overworked, or the filter has. A filter is less expensive and easier to replace, so let’s start there!

The Filter

Manitowoc AR-10000 14,000 Gallon Arctic Pure Water Filter
Manitowoc AR-10000 14,000 Gallon Arctic Pure Water Filter

You want your customers to have the purest ice, right? The first step toward pure ice is a good filter. Ice filtration systems are simply water filters in your machine that filter the water before freezing. Your unit may require between one to three filters, depending on the size of your ice machine.

Routine Replacement

These filters should be replaced every 6 months to reduce wear and tear on the machine, ensuring your unit is working as intended.

The act of replacing your filter is so important that Ice-O-Matic even offers an extended warranty for doing so! If you purchase a 3-in-1 water filter with a new Ice-O-Matic machine and replace the filter every 6 months, the warranty on the evaporator is extended from 5 years to 7 years!

Know the Signs

Without routine filter replacements, you may run into issues more unappetizing than a worn down machine. Does your ice have a bad taste or odor? Is it cloudy or off-color? Knowing the signs your filter needs a little TLC will help you catch any problems and take preventative steps in the future.

Mineral Deposits: Municipal water companies only remove contaminants that are harmful to human health. Many dissolved minerals are not harmful, therefore are not removed. Mineral laden water results in ice that appears cloudy and can make a drink smell and taste unappealing.

Slime Build-Up: Slime build-up can result from a poorly maintained ice machine. Ice made from a slimy machine will appear cloudy with a slight yellow, green or red tint and can cause illness, especially in those with weakened immune systems.

Chlorination: Chlorination is the process of adding chlorine to water in order to treat it and kill harmful germs. Residual chlorine remains in the water supply giving the water an unappealing taste.

Cloudy to Clear: Filtered Water Makes The Best Ice

Mineral deposits from hard water don’t only collect in your filter and cause mineral laden water, this build up of scale is harmful to your ice machine as a whole. This brings us to our next stop in your ice machine journey!

The Machine

Scotsman Meridian HID312A-1 Countertop Ice Maker & Dispenser
Scotsman Meridian HID312A-1 Countertop Ice Maker & Dispenser

We already mentioned that the average lifespan for a commercial ice machine is around 4-5 years. However, your ice machine works hard day and night and sometimes it gets a little worn out. We can definitely relate. There are multiple reasons your machine may not be quite as efficient anymore.

  • Heat. The enemy of ice. If your kitchen is consistently hot, it’s very likely your ice production has dropped. When the ambient temperature heats up, so does your water, forcing your ice machine to work even harder to produce your ice supply.
  • Dirty Condensers. A dirty condenser coil is one of the main reason for service calls. A condenser coil that is dirty, slimy, or grimy will prevent warm air from filtering out of your machine. What did we say heat was again?
  • Scale. Build up of mineral deposits, or scale, is a big cause of ice machine failure. Make sure to clean the machine consistently, as well as replacing your filter every 6 months.

All of these obstacles can wear down your ice machine and cause that average lifespan to start declining. A good rule of thumb is if you’ve noticed an uptick in your service calls, it’s probably time for a new ice machine.

What next?

Is it time to replace your ice machine? If so, the next step is picking out the right machine for your business! There are endless options between brands, air or water cooled, ice shape, machine size, and so much more. Let us help you find the perfect fit! Email us at sales@burkett.com, call us directly at 800-828-8564, or browse our online collection of commercial Ice Machines, Ice Bins, and Accessories!

Top Commercial Ice Machines for Healthcare Facilities

In a healthcare facility, ice is used for specific tasks including post-operative use, dietary needs and treatment to reduce swelling and inflammation. For each of these tasks, ice needs to be readily available within an easy to use and easy to maintain unit. Let’s take a look at the best ice machines for healthcare facilities.

Residential Care, Hospitals and Doctor’s Offices: Countertop Nugget Ice Machine and Dispenser

For busy doctor’s offices or hallways within hospitals and residential care facilities, nothing beats the convenience of dependable countertop ice machines and dispensers. With this type of commercial ice machine within reach, medical staff can retrieve ice quickly and within close proximity to treatment areas.

Nugget ice is ideal for healthcare facilities as it is easy to chew, easy to mold and slow to melt, making it the best choice for dietary needs and ice packs. The dispenser mechanism speeds up the process for retrieving ice and minimizes the risk of cross-contamination. Ideally, healthcare facilities should look for countertop ice machine dispensers with touch-free controls. This type of control dispenses ice when a cup or other receptacle is sensed under the chute. Some dispensing ice machines are constructed with a built-in water dispenser as well.

Burkett Recommends: The Scotsman Meridian HID312A-1 Countertop Ice & Water Dispenser

Emergency Rooms and Laboratories: Undercounter Ice Machines

An Undercounter Ice Machine is a self-contained ice maker with an attached storage bin. This type of ice machine is designed to fit under countertop areas and provide quick access to ice without getting in the way of the fast-paced environment of an emergency room. Undercounter ice machines are also ideal for laboratories as they leave valuable countertop areas free for charts and documents.

Undercounter ice machines are available for every style of ice. However, flake, nugget and cube ice are most often used in ER’s and laboratory settings. Flake ice is perfect for sculpting into therapeutic ice molds, cube ice is very slow to melt and nugget ice offers a chewable texture for patients. When shopping for an undercounter ice machine, be sure to measure the total space available, which includes height, depth and width. Also, consider how the bin door opens.

Ice-O-Matic ICEU150HA Burkett Recommends: The Ice-O-Matic ICEU150HA Ice Machine

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine: Flake Ice Machine and Bin Combination

Flake ice is perfect for filling or molding ice packs for therapeutic use. Shopping for an undercounter flake ice machine, or head with separate bin can be confusing and time-consuming. We suggest purchasing an ice machine and bin combination unit that is already matched up and ready to install. The full-size floor model combination units are perfect for physical therapy and sports medicine clinics as they provide a large volume of ice on a daily basis.

When shopping for a combination flake ice machine and storage bin unit, be sure to note the daily yield of ice produced as well as the bin’s total storage capacity.

Burkett Recommends: The Scotsman UF424A-1 Air Cooled Undercounter Flake Ice Machine

Find the right ice machine for your healthcare facility and keep your patients happy and healthy. With the right specifications in place, you can have a quiet, efficient and dependable ice machine for years to come.

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