Properly functioning commercial ice machines produce large quantities of ice in a relatively short amount of time. However, it’s not uncommon to encounter a variety of common problems when it comes to these highly productive appliances. Here are three things to look out for when your commercial ice machine is acting up.
#1 Change in Ice Size or Shape
When you retrieve ice from your machine, pay attention to the size and shape of the pieces. Oversized ice could indicate water leaking into the machine. Check the inlet valve, and tighten if necessary. For continued water leaks, you may need to replace the gasket or entire valve.
Undersized ice typically results from low water flow. First, check the water filter for plugs. Water cannot flow properly through a dirty filter, and it should be cleaned or replaced. If your filter is free of debris and your machine still produces smaller cubes, examine your water supply.
#2 Change in Amount of Ice
If you notice your machine is taking longer to make ice, this could signify that the room is too warm. Ice production depends on both water temperature as well as air temperature. Ice machines in temperatures over 95 degrees will often not make ice at all. If there have been no changes in room temperature, look to make sure your ice drops. Damage to the plate or scale on the evaporator can often cause the ice to stick and not fall into the bin.
#3 No Ice Production
If your machine fails to make ice altogether, first check the water intake. Hot water can sometimes enter the line and take too long to freeze. The freeze cycle timer trips, causing the machine to shut down for safety. Manufacturers also equip ice machines with high and low pressure sensors. If a pressure difference triggers these sensors, the machine shuts down. Consult a professional to check the pressure in the machine.
#4 Other Problems
If you’re experiencing other issues with your commercial ice machine, it’s a good idea to have a professional diagnose the problem. They will check for mineral buildup in both your water distribution components and evaporation plate. These accumulations can limit flow and may dirty the pieces of ice as they break loose and flow through the machine. Professionals will also inspect the condenser and refrigerant levels to ensure proper function.
Contact an Air Tech of Central Florida Professional
Make sure you call a trusted professional who routinely deals with the unique set of challenges commercial ice makers can pose. Our highly trained and dedicated team at Air Tech of Central Florida is committed to solving your commercial appliance issues so you can focus on what’s important. Properly serviced machines should last for many years. At Air Tech of Central Florida, we want to help you keep your ice maker running at peak performance for as long as possible. If you’re looking for a commercial maintenance partner you can rely on, Air Tech of Central Florida has got you covered. Call us today to learn more, or schedule service online to get started.