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Whether you just bought a new ice machine, or you're still in the market for one, you're going to want to get the most out of your investment. This page is dedicated to the care and cleaning of your ice machine, and also to those ice machines that simplify the cleaning process. With proper maintenance, and by following cleaning and sanitation schedules, your ice machine can last ten to fifteen years. While most ice machines are covered by warranty for three to five years, they can live far beyond this time frame if they are cared for properly. There are other ways to extend the life of your ice machine too, like selecting and replacing its water filter every six months. Aside from extending the life of your ice machine, your ice will also be cleaner, clearer, and better tasting for your customers. Proper care equates to higher quality ice. These articles all relate to ice machine maintenance, and are devoted to proper ice machine care and cleaning.

Ice Is Food

Ice Safety - Production Handling and Disposal

(October 11, 2013)
In the foodservice industry, it is a simple fact that Ice Is A Food. The Food and Drug Administration has ruled in its Food Code that all ice used for cooling of food items or for consumption must be as safe as drinking water. Every foodservice establishment should have a Sanitation Plan that includes proper procedures for treating ice as any other food item, including Ice Production, Ice Handling and Ice Disposal.

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Broken Ice Machine? Here are Some Tips to Get By

(September 26, 2013)
In the unfortunate event of your ice machine breaking down, there are a few steps that can be taken to attempt repairs or to replace the machine entirely. In this article we provide all the contact information for the major ice machine brands offered at Ice Machines Plus. We also provide a few tips that should be considered for when your ice machine is either en route to your business, or while you are waiting for it to be repaired, as you will most likely be without ice in this time frame.

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Is Your Restaurant Ready? Winter is Coming…

(August 30, 2013)
Every fall and winter, most restaurants notice an increase in business. With college students returning to school, the beginning of football season, and the holiday season, many establishments notice a decent uptick in sales this time of year. Before the masses return however, it is best to make sure that every piece of equipment is fully operable in your establishment. In this article, we examine some of the top problems with restaurant appliances and what you can do to fix, improve, or replace them.

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Why Isn’t My Ice Machine Making Ice?

(July 10, 2013)
This question cannot be answered with a single response, so we created this article that examines all of the possible reasons your ice machine has stopped making ice. One of the biggest reasons ice machines stop performing well is due to lack of maintenance, care, and routine cleanings. There are more than a few possible reasons for your ice machine's slacking production. We try to cover everything that could possibly go wrong with your ice machine, and also offer some possible solutions so you can get your ice machine up and running again as quickly as possible.

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How Well Do You Know Your Ice Machine?

(June 10, 2013)
When it comes to buying a new ice machine, the more you know, the better off you will be. This short quiz will test your ice machine knowledge with everything from questions regarding ice machine quality to questions regarding proper care and cleaning of your ice machine. The best way to find the proper ice machine for your business is to educate yourself. The best way to keep your ice machine functional and operational is with proper care and cleaning. Continue reading for more.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Ice Machine Performing Well

(March 14, 2013)
These tips should be considered if you want your ice machine to perform up to its full potential, and live a long, fulfilling life. Some of these tips may be known to you, but others may be new, and when it comes to being knowledgeable about your ice machine, more information is always better. The better care you take of your ice machine, the longer it will remain in operation, and the more consistently it will create ice.

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Keep a Clean Ice Machine…Or Pay the Price

(January 30, 2013)
If you don't think regular cleaning and sanitation of your ice machine is important, then I beg you to take five minutes to look over this article. Sure, an unclean ice machine will cause problems, but take a look at what happens when your dirty ice machine makes it to the social media world. These reports of SLIME and MOLD in the ice machine can be devastating to your bar or restaurant. Think you've got nothing to lose? Twitter and Facebook make a failed health inspection more than just a "you" problem, and your guests will not hesitate to let their friends and followers know what they've seen or heard. Continue reading to see just how bad it can be.

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Hoshizaki Stainless Steel Evaporators: What’s Inside Counts

(January 21, 2013)
Sometimes, its not about the cleaning and care you provide your ice machine, but rather the construction of the ice machine that makes the biggest difference. With Hoshizaki's stainless steel evaporator plate, there is no chance for the evaporator to peel, crack, or flake, meaning it will not require repairs, service, or care as would an ice machine with an inferior construction may. Read more about how Hoshizaki's stainless steel evaporator plate makes owning a new ice machine better and easier.

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Upgrade Your Ice Machine: Lower Costs, Increase Profits

(January 15, 2013)
If you're looking for an ice machine upgrade, consider the ice machines recommended in this article. Indigo ice machines from Manitowoc and Prodigy ice machines from Scotsman take the guesswork out of the care and cleaning process, providing visual or audible reminders about cleaning and sanitation schedules. If you tend to forget the small stuff, the features provided by these ice machines are incredibly valuable.

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Scotsman Ice Machines: Prodigy Ice Machines Are Better Than Babies

(October 30, 2012)
Sure, everyone loves babies, but let's face it- they can be difficult to manage, care for, and clean up after. Ice machines from the Scotsman Prodigy Series however, virtually care for and clean themselves. If you haven't bought an ice machine yet, and are looking for one that makes cleaning and care an effortless task, consider a Scotsman Prodigy ice machine. These units provide cleaning reminders, and are incredibly easy to maintain. Continue reading this article to find out more about Scotsman's Prodigy ice machines

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Water Filters for your Ice Machine: What They Do and Why You Need Them

(August 10, 2012)
You may not be aware of the benefits a water filter can provide for your ice machine, but they are numerous. A water filter will allow your ice machine to produce clear, pure, high quality ice cubes that are taste free and odorless. A water filter can also extend the life of your ice machine by many years, as they remove harmful sediment and minerals that may cause harm to your ice machine over time. Some ice machine companies even extend their warranty with the purchase and replacement of a suitable water filter. Read more to find out what a water filter can do for your ice machine.

Everpure Water Filter System

HQH2O: High Quality Water from EverPure

(June 15, 2012)
The facts are simple: If you want to extend the life of your ice machine, you get a water filter. If you want to provide the freshest tasting and smelling ice with minimal impurities or mineral deposits, you get a water filter. Everpure water filters are some of the strongest and most reliable around, and will greatly improve the quality of the water used by your ice machine. Continue reading for more information regarding Everpure water filters.

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Scotsman Partners with Franke to Revolutionize Ice Machine Cleanliness

(May 18, 2012)
Scotsman and Ice-O-Matic have partnered with Franke Foodservice to revolutionize the revolutionize the cleanliness of your ice machine. By using ozone , Franke has found a more efficient way to eliminate the growth of microorganisms, mold, and bacteria, and this technology is now available for use on all Scotsman and Ice-O-Matic ice machines. This new technology is available for addition to any Scotsman or Ice-O-Matic ice machine for the cleanest ice making area possible. Continue reading for more details.

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Ice Machine Cleaning: A Quick Guide

(April 13, 2012)
While your ice machine does not require cleaning incredibly frequently, the cleaning process (if done correctly) can take a bit of time. This article provides a general overview of the cleaning process. Some ice machines may offer more specific details for cleaning and servicing specific ice machines, so be sure to adhere to the manual for any extensive cleaning guidelines.

Dirty Ice Machine

Cleaning Your Ice Machine: Vital Elimination of Bacteria and Minerals

(March 12, 2012)
Not cleaning your ice machine regularly can allow for a great buildup or both bacteria and minerals. These can not only ruin your ice machine, but can cause your customers and employees to get sick as well. Read this article to find out what else an unclean ice machine can do to hurt you and your business, and then work on preventing the dreaded "slime in the ice machine!"

Ice-O-Matic FAST Service

Ice-O-Matic Provides Service, FAST

(January 26, 2012)
It's one thing to provide a high quality ice machine, but with Ice-O-Matic, you receive so much more. If your Ice-O-Matic ice machine ever runs into a problem, you have the option of calling a F.A.S.T technician, with F.A.S.T being an acronym for Ice-O-Matic's Factory Authorized Service Technician. These people are specifically trained to deal with Ice-O-Matic's machines, and will provide the best possible service. They will also provide service a bit more promptly than another technician may be able to.