Helping your icemaker keep up with demand…
Could your ice maker do with a health check?
The ice experts at Hubbard, who distribute the Scotsman range of ice makers, offer a few tips:
Most pubs will have icemakers with air-cooled condensers, which means they’ll have an air filter. This needs cleaning. If it gets clogged with dust it will make the ice maker less efficient, so you’ll get less ice.
Similarly, keep any grills clean and clear of obstructions.
Your machine requires a constant airflow around it to ensure correct operation.
Got a warning light on? If your machine has self-diagnostics and it’s telling you what’s wrong, and it’s something you can fix (e.g. the air filter needs
cleaning), then sort it now. If not, don’t wait, get it seen to by your equipment service provider.
Make sure you empty, clean and sanitise the storage bin on a
regular, weekly basis. If your machine is fitted with an anti-bacterial system, change the anti-bac bag every month.
If the pump has a scale guard, regular cleaning will help prevent scale building up within the water system.
Having a maintenance schedule for the components that need regular cleaning will help keep your equipment in peak condition.
Water filters generally need to be changed every six months (more often in some areas) to ensure maximum productivity. Make sure your filter has been changed within this timescale.
Also check that the ice maker has been descaled and sanitised recently. Again this should be scheduled for every six months or more often in particularly hard water areas.