If your ice machine consistently looks like this, it may be time to find a new one for your business.
If you own an ice machine, chances are you’ve asked this question at one point or another. Unfortunately, there is no simple, clear cut explanation for why your ice machine is not making ice. There are many factors that play a part in the ice making process, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with your ice machine in its lifetime. Hopefully, with this guide, you will be able to identify the problem or problems facing your ice machine and you will be able to get your unit back to doing what it is supposed to do – making ice for you and your establishment. We separated these issues into two categories: External Factors and Human Errors. Some are easy to fix while some require add
Water filtration is essential for making the best ice possible, whether you’re making ice at home or in your commercial restaurant. Many restaurant owners use sophisticated water filters in order to prevent contamination and bad taste finding its way to the drinks that they offer.
As a restaurant owner, you or your plumber can easily set up an Everpure water filter on the water line. What this will do is keep out most of the solids and some of the bacteria that may get into the drinks. Add to that the fact that certain combo ice machines already have antimicrobial measures in the bin, and you’ve go
We’ve been talking a bit about water filtration, contaminated ice machines, and other items this week. We’ve seen several reports of places around the country who are experiencing difficulties with their water lines, and broken pipes. In order to prevent contamination, it’s sometimes necessary to flush your plumbing system to get the potentially contaminated water out – whether you’re in a restaurant or at home.
The easiest way to start flushing these is to turn them on full blast for at least fifteen minutes. There are both hot water and cold water lines. Run the hot water line first, emptying the hot water tank of the old water. Then, you want to tackle the cold water line. This includes all fixtures, including the kitchen and bathroom.
After the hot water has run out, then it’s time
Certain types of filters are considered high flow. Unlike a traditional filter system, these systems need extra sanitizing. That’s what the Everpure High Flow System Sanitizing Kit is for.
This system should be used every time you change out your Everpure filter. As filters age, more contaminants slip through the filters. This can lead to problems in your lines, filter housings, and other filter components. The kit has the parts and instructions to sanitize these parts to make sure your water is in tip-top taste and has no biological contamination.
High flow filters usually have a reserve tank called a surge tank that holds extra filtered water for when demand is high. This component is prone to contamination if a filter d
At Ice Machines Plus, we sell a wide variety of filters for your ice machine. Many of the filters can also be used for your sink.
Your drink dispenser may have a filter on it, but it may not be trustworthy to a picky customer. Often the water line runs through the lemonade line so a bit of lemonade syrup gets mixed in with the water. You may have a good filter in the back, but the customer might be dubious about getting water from the back. What can be done? Install a filtered water faucet for your front sink.
These faucets are meant to connect with water filters. Just flip the tab up and you’ll have all the filtered water your health-conscious customers crave. Filtered water tastes far better than tap water
How do you know if you need to test for water hardness? If you’re using an ice machine, you should! Water hardness causes scale buildup in your ice machine. Scale buildup leads to corrosion, malformed ice, water clogs, and in severe cases will make your machine break down. The key to stopping scale buildup is to know you have hard water and to install the proper filter to remove it from your water supply before it hits your machine.
At Ice Machines Plus, we have many different types of scale filtration. To know how much filter you need for your line, we suggest using the Claris water testing kit. This simple kit will tell you how hard your water is. With that information, you can speak with our team members to figure out which f
Have you ever taken a drink out of a mountain lake or stream? Nowadays, it’s not the safest thing to do, but hikers are dipping their canteens and water pouches into streams all the time. One of problems they have to contend with besides microbes is sediment. Invisible bits of sediment can make water very gritty and unpleasant to drink.
Sediment can also end up in tap water depending on how sandy your local area is. Technically, scale compounds could be also considered a form of sediment, but a scale stick alone may not be enough to filter out larger particles. That’s why Everpure also sells sediment filter wraps for their scale sticks.
These filter wraps can screen out larger particles that could clog or co
Yesterday we talked about the evils of scale buildup in an ice machine and what makes water hard. Scale buildup is a problem in ice machines, but there are other pieces of kitchen equipment where it can get much worse. How? Heat.
Heating water causes mineral ions in hard water to precipitate faster. This makes scale build up quicker and lead to breakdown. One machine that is notoriously sensitive to scale is the espresso machine. Espresso machines use steam all day long to make those perfect cups of coffee. If the water in the area is too hard, then it will also make perfect limescale deposits in the machine.
Espresso machines need special filters to get rid of as much scale as possible. The best solution is to get a water
Most of the United States has to deal with hard water. Hard water is water that has mineral deposits dissolved in it. These deposits cause certain changes to the water that aren’t good for ice machines and other industrial processes.
The primary compounds that harden water are calcium compounds and magnesium compounds. When these compounds enter water they split into various ions. These ions are what cause hard water’s negative effects. For instance, excessively hard water will make soap less effective by preventing lather and creating soap scum.
For ice machines, the trouble is scale production. These ions can react to the metals in plumbing and other internal components to create tiny deposits of minerals. These deposits are called scale. Over time, these deposits become thick. This bloc
Water filtration systems are responsible for taking out the mineral deposits and filter out impurities. Having pure water in the kitchen heightens the flavor of the food and also lowers the corrosion on the parts.
For instance, one machine that bakeries use often is a steamer oven. By introducing steam at the right time in the baking process, loaves puff faster and get a good crust. But if those steam vents start to become blocked, the oven won’t get steam and the loaves could burn. It could also create a dangerous situation if the relief valve is also clogged.
What could clog these vents? Mineral deposits in your water, that’s what! If you live in an area with hard wate