It’s summer, and with it coming, you need to check how clean your ice maker is. You can count on sun-baked customers to whom you’ll be pouring drinks on the ice during the summer months, but nothing will ruin your drinks and your plans like dirty ice from a machine not cleaned in time.
But have no fear! Cleaning your ice machine is easier than it looks at first glance. Below are general cleaning instructions.
Cleaning the Ice Maker:
1. Review your bar ice maker’s instruction manual and look for the section on cleaning and the location of the switches.
2. Open the ice maker door to access the internal parts.
3. Make sure that the ice maker is turned off, and then clean the condenser grid of any ice residue.
4. Turn the ice maker into cleaning mode.
5. Add a special nickel-safe cleaner to the tray as it is filled with water.
6. Leave the ice maker in cleaning mode for one cycle.
7. To disinfect the ice maker, repeat the cleaning cycle only adding disinfectant instead of cleaner.
8. Once the cycle is complete, exit cleaning mode and turn off the ice maker.
9. Remove all internal parts (water curtain, tray, and water distribution tube) and wash them with a mild detergent.
10. Wipe down the interior of the ice maker while it is still part free, using water, a cloth, and mild detergent.
11. Replace the internal parts.
12. Turn on the ice maker.
Cleaning the ice container:
– Clean the ice container from ice – you may discard it or save it for later use.
– Open the drain plug to remove any residual water from the container.
– Wash the inside of the container with a mild detergent.
– Disinfect and rinse thoroughly.
– Close the drain plug.
– Depending on the climate and location, you can install a special bar to remove mucus inside the container, this will help reduce ice buildup.
Water Filter Installation/Replacement
If you are not filtering the water used by the ice maker, then you are allowing various minerals to affect the quality of the ice.
Make sure that the filter you use has a measuring scale to help track and prevent ice build-up.
Replace the water filter every 6 or 12 months.
Changing the filter is as easy as removing the old one and installing the new one.
Again, the climate and location will determine how often you will need to clean and disinfect your ice maker. For example, in bakeries and breweries where the air is filled with yeast particles, cleaning is required almost monthly. Be sure to consider the above factors when scheduling filter cleaning and replacement.
Remember, clean ice means clean drinks, tasty drinks, and, of course, satisfied customers. So make sure your ice maker is ready for the season and full of ice cubes!
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