Unruly Ice Machines? 5 Common Ice Machine Problems and How to Fix Them

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Unruly Ice Machines? 5 Common Ice Machine Problems and How to Fix ThemSometimes ice machines just won’t cooperate. Whether you have too much ice or too little, a leaky unit, or a loud ice maker, ice machine malfunctions can throw a real wrench in the works at your establishment. But don’t worry—ShortOrder is here to help you troubleshoot. Once you’ve checked the obvious culprits (like the ice machine’s indicator lights and power supply) it’s time to take a closer look at the issue. Here are our tips for the top 5 common ice machine problems and how to fix them.

1. Combating Ice Machine Slime

Without proper maintenance, ice machine slime is a common problem among ice machine owners. This slime that accumulates inside the machine is a type of mold or fungus that forms when surfaces that are constantly covered with water droplets are exposed to warm temperatures. The result is a pinkish slime that can eventually become red, green, brown or black, coating your ice and lending it an unpleasant taste and smell. To prevent ice machine slime, wipe down and sanitize your ice machines regularly. To combat existing slime, use quaternary ammonium chloride (QAC). This will eliminate the slime and prevent it from reforming for a period of time after its application. If the mold is in your water lines, hoses, or fittings, however, you may need to get them replaced altogether.

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Maintenance is a Breeze With Manitowoc Ice Machines

Friday, April 1st, 2011

When you’re on the market for new restaurant equipment, especially high-quality, top-flight equipment from trusted manufacturers like Manitowoc ice machines, you know you’re going to be making an investment into your restaurant’s future success.  You may be spending a decent chunk of change, but you know that money will pay dividends down the road, when you’ve had your equipment for a few years.  While cheap equipment ia often more likely to start breaking down with age, the good stuff is more likely to weather the typical wear and tear of a hustling, bustling commercial kitchen environment.

That is a great reason to buy the best restaurant equipment money can buy, pieces like Manitowoc ice machines.  Nevertheless, that’s not the only reason to opt for Manitowoc ice machines when you’re looking for new ice machines.   Manitowoc ice machines, like many other notable lines of restaurant equipment from the best manufacturers, are easy to maintain.  Cleaning any such ice machine according to the manufacturer’s recommendations is the best upkeep any owner can take.  And when a piece of restaurant equipment is well-conceived and artfully designed, regular upkeep is surprisingly easy to keep on top of.

Consider a common scourge of the ice machine, the buildup known as slime.  Slime consists of an accumulation of mold that occurs in ice machines.  It’s easy to stay on top of slime problems by regularly cleaning the ice machine in question while sprinkling in regular, deeper cleans to really keep your machine sparkling.

Now, that’s no so bad, but Manitowoc ice machines make it even easier to keep on top of things, with its sodium chloride sachet insert, which aids in the inhibition of mold growth.  And that’s just one of the many wonderful, thoughtful touches you’ll see in Manitowoc ice machines and other high-grade pieces of restaurant equipment.

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