If you have an ice machine on your commercial or industrial property, it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Many owners assume that since the machine is working with clean, frozen water, there isn’t much potential for anything to go awry, but studies have shown that failing to clean an ice machine can have deleterious results. Keeping up on your commercial ice machine maintenance in Minneapolis, MN is crucial to the machine’s function, not to mention your customers’ and guests’ health.
Here’s why it’s so important to keep it clean:
- Dirty ice machines can make your guests sick: Ice machines can form harmful bacteria, which can sicken or even kill your guests and employees. Dirty ice makers have been responsible for Legionella outbreaks, which can be deadly. Since the FDA classifies ice as a “food,” you’re required to clean and sanitize the machine on a regular basis. If your machine uses a filter, you should clean it every three to six months; if it has an automatic cleaner, check FDA regulations and your owners’ manual for guidance on cleaning times. Remember, you can always have the team at Air Climate Control, Inc. come sanitize your machine for you.
- Your ice machine may not work properly: Ice machines rely on a series of sensors, pumps and valves to make ice. Depending on the water quality, it’s very likely that your ice machine will develop mineral scale (or worse) over time. This can clog pumps and valves and block sensors, which will prevent your machine from functioning. Regular cleaning prevents buildup and ensures you’re never surprised by a malfunctioning machine.
- You’ll improve the quality of your ice: Finally, regular cleaning ensures your ice is of the best quality possible. Restaurants and bars know that ice can make or break the flavor of food, beverages and cocktails. If you’re trying to make a good impression on your guests, even small details like quality ice matter. Have your machines cleaned on a regular schedule to protect their health as well as your carefully crafted flavors.
Get help cleaning your ice machines
When it comes to commercial refrigeration, Air Climate Control, Inc. is your one-stop shop for maintenance and repair. We offer maintenance contracts for your commercial refrigerators, ice machines and more, so you’ll never have to worry about fitting a cleaning into your busy schedule. Our maintenance agreements can be scheduled on a monthly or quarterly basis, guaranteeing you’ll have clean ice makers, functioning machines and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re FDA compliant.
If you’re interested in setting up a one-time appointment or beginning a regular maintenance contract, get in touch with our team today to discuss the process in greater detail. We’ve offered our commercial ice machine cleaning services to Minneapolis, MN clients since 1991. You can trust us to ensure the health and safety of your guests and workers, along with providing maintenance, repair and troubleshooting services for your business. Find out more by visiting our website today.