Many restaurants and food service operations often make the call for ice machine repairs in Delaware prematurely. This is often a good development, because ice machines can present sanitation nightmares and hold up service when they act up. However, many problems arise from surrounding conditions rather than mechanical issues. If your ice machine appears to be malfunctioning, do not panic. Check these five conditions and then call us if the problem remains:
- Water connections: There is always the possibility that moving things around or an employee in a rush bumped a water connection. Without water, there is no ice, so if there is suddenly no production, check the water connections first. Even if you have a reliable water supply, check the temperature, too. The optimal temperature for making ice is 50 degrees, and warmer water slows production.
- Clearance: Ice machines work best with six inches of clearance. This allows good airflow, and some manufacturers may recommend more. Without this space, the condenser can overheat and reduce ice production, perhaps even stop it altogether. If you have an ice machine that is pushed tight against the wall—or worse, against other heat-producing appliances—move it immediately.
- Room temperature: If an errant stove or a slowly rising thermostat results in your kitchen being warmer than usual, that can make it impossible for an ice machine to function properly. Under this condition, production decreases by up to 30 percent, which is certainly noticeable. This can make it difficult to keep up with drink orders, so check your room temperature. If you find it is warmer than usual, see if an appliance is causing your indoor heat wave or if an employee keeps adjusting the thermostat. Once you control room temperature, you will likely see previous production restored.
- Scale buildup: Scaling does no favors to ice machines. This is the most common reason for failure, and it is best prevented with a good water filter. You will need to remove scaling with cleaning products made especially for that purpose. Sometimes, the scaling is serious enough that you need to have your ice machine professionally cleaned. If you find the problem is beyond your capabilities, this is a good reason to call us. Allowing the scaling to remain will eventually break down your machine and make you have to purchase a new one.
- Dirty condenser coils: On most ice machine models, you can easily access the condenser coils. Look in the side or top vents and see if there is dirt buildup on them. Many times, you can wipe it off with a moist towel or even vacuum the inside to allow the coils more airflow. If you see grease buildup, which is possible if the ice machine is near other appliances, it may require a deeper cleaning. Depending on the time you have available, you may need to call us in for a service appointment.
Commercial Equipment Service is available for ice machine repairs in Delaware. Give us a call if yours needs maintenance, cleaning or repair.