Commercial icemakers are a staple appliance within the food industry. From bars, to restaurants and fast food outlets, they allow large batches of ice to be readily available and can also produce different shapes or styles.
While there do exist portable and freezer icemakers for the household, commercial units benefit from a unique system that produces better quality ice. This is achieved by running water down a surface at 0 °C, which creates an ideal environment for freezing water without impurities. Through proper filtration this removes air and undissolved solids, which results in perfectly pure and clear ice. Some commercial icemakers are designed differently to cater for softer ice, including a variety of sizes and shapes.
Maintaining a commercial icemaker is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed by staff and employees. This ensures that the unit can operate at its maximum efficiency and also extend its lifespan. Below are some handy tips that you can apply to keep your commercial icemaker in premium condition.
How to Clean the Condenser Coil, Motor and Fan Blades
Like most refrigeration systems, icemaker machines rely on a condenser coil to cool gas substances and change them into a liquid state. This transformation produces latent heat, which is then absorbed by the condenser coolant.
For this process to operate smoothly, the condenser coil should be regularly cleaned. Dust, lint and dirt will gradually build up over time, which can affect the unit’s performance and ability to create high quality ice. Use a commercial grade condenser cleaner to wash away any excess grime or dirt. Alternatively, you can also use a brush and soft cloth to achieve similar results. For most commercial icemaker units, this task should be performed at least once a month.
Cleaning the fan blades is a simple process that must also regularly be performed. To clean the fan blades and motor, simply use a soft cloth to wash away any accumulation of dust, dirt or grime. If you must use a cleaning solution or liquid to wash the blades, be sure to cover the motor with a cloth or towel, so that moisture doesn’t get into the motor’s main components.
Cleaning the a Commercial Icemaker’s Interior
To clean your icemaker’s interior space, mix together a combination of warm water and mild soap. With the soapy mixture, use a sponge or warm cloth to thoroughly wash inside the unit. Do not use caustic soap, steel wool, bleach or any abrasive cleaning methods to wash the icemaker, as this can damage the unit’s strong, stainless steel surface.
In conjunction with the mild soap mixture, be sure to remove any shelves and clean them thoroughly as well. Door gaskets should regularly be cleaned, ideally once per week. Allow the gaskets to soak in solvent mixture for approximately 30 minutes, then dry with a cloth and place them back in. Make sure the gaskets are properly sealed and correctly in place.
Give your Icemaker a Good Home
While a professional technician will undoubtedly follow the correct procedures to install your commercial icemaker, it’s important to ensure that your unit’s surrounding environment does not affect its performance. External factors such as humidity can result in the build-up of rust, which can degrade key components and decrease the machine’s overall efficiency.
Make sure that your icemaker is situated in a well-ventilated area, so that there is sufficient airflow for the unit to operate correctly.
By taking the time and effort to maintain your commercial icemaker, you’ll ensure a long-lasting lifespan and consistent performance for many years to come. In the event of a major technical hazard or mechanical fault, do not attempt to fix the problem yourself and always rely upon the service of a professional refrigeration technician.