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Ice Machine InsuranceJust like any piece of equipment, your business' ice machine needs regular proactive maintenance and cleaning to keep it working efficiently for years to come. Conversely, if you do not stay on top of routine care, your ice machine is more likely to break down; not to mention, it could pose a hazard to your customers and/or employees. We've compiled some tips to help you protect the investment you've made in your business' ice machine with routine care.

Problems You May Experience

Many of the problems that are often seen with ice machines involve the buildup of mold and scale over time — affecting not only the way the machine functions, but also the quality of the ice it produces. Be sure to check for these common problems every month or two:
  • Clogs in the water trough — usually due to mold or scale — that can negatively impact the machine performance.
  • Mold or other bacteria buildup in the ice bin, which can affect the taste and quality of the ice, as well as boost the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Lime buildup on the ice thickness probe, causing frozen evaporators to operate incorrectly.
  • Dirty condenser coils can not only affect regular operation, but can also cause long-term damage to the machine.

Tips for Regular Care

A bit of regular care can go a long way toward extending the life of your ice machine, so work the following actions into your schedule of duties. Similarly, train your staff on cleaning practices to ensure safe, pure ice is being served.
  • Change the water filters according the instruction manual, which helps rid the water of impurities and slow scale buildup. In some cases, the manufacturer may extend your machine's warranty if you install (and regularly replace) a filter on the water line.
  • Clean and sanitize the machine every six months, including the ice bin, coils and air filters. The exterior of the machine should be wiped down weekly, and the ice scoop should be washed daily
  • Check that the operating temperature is set within specifications, and ensure that the machine itself is kept away from extreme temperatures (its location should be no lower than 40 degrees and no higher than 90 degrees).
  • Check the machine and bin drain pipes at the floor drain to ensure parts are clear of debris that could cause blockages.
  • Refrain from stacking items on top of the ice machine; it is not a storage unit.
On top of these maintenance practices, call our agency to learn about how ice machine insurance can protect your business' investment against unforeseen circumstances.
We've got you covered. Call Fleming & Riles Insurance at (229) 436-2408 for more information on Albany ice machine insurance.
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