If you run a hotel, restaurant or bar in Eugene, OR, ice machine repairs are likely a very familiar concept. But knowing more about how ice machines work and what common problems you’re likely to encounter with them will help you run your business more smoothly. Just knowing the basic signs of different malfunctions, and how professionals deal with them, will save you time and money when you’re in the thick of it. Here’s a rundown of five common ice machine repairs that your Eugene, OR business will benefit from knowing about.
- Low water flow: Whether your water supply has been compromised or your water filter is clogged, a lower than normal flow of water can easily bring your ice machine’s ice production to a standstill. When this is the problem, professionals will easily locate it and take the necessary steps to improve the water flow to the ice machine. However, a low flow could turn out to be a much bigger problem for your business than simple slowness.
- Leaks: When your ice machine has a leaky inlet water valve, ice cubes will tend to be larger than normal. This may not sound like much of a problem; after all, bigger ice cubes might even be better ice cubes. But eventually, the larger ice cubes will likely get stuck in the line of production and stall the entire machine. Your ice machine produces ice cubes of a certain size for a reason, so if you notice your ice cubes are getting noticeably bigger, unplug your ice machine and have a professional come inspect it for possible leaks.
- High water temperature: If the water coming into your ice machine is hotter than 90 degrees, it will likely take longer to freeze and stall your ice production. This problem usually isn’t an issue with your ice machine at all, as the water is already hot when it reaches the ice machine. Typically high water temperature is caused by another appliance, such as a dishwasher, malfunctioning and putting hot water into the cold water line. If you notice your ice machine taking longer to produce ice cubes, ask your maintenance professional to take a look at the other appliances in your kitchen.
- High room temperature: Here’s another problem with temperature, but this time it’s likely even more easily controlled than water temperature. If the room temperature is above 95 degrees, your ice machine will likely give out from being overworked. As 95 degrees is way too hot for working conditions anyway, this will likely only happen if your air conditioner gives out during a hot summer day. If that misfortune does occur, try to remember to unplug your ice machine before serious damage occurs.
- Buildup: Finally, general buildup of ice or minerals on the evaporator plate or any other part of your ice machine will eventually cause malfunctions. Having your ice machine regularly cleaned and serviced is an easy way to prevent this problem from ever happening.
If you have questions about your ice machine or need repair or maintenance services, call the team at American Refrigeration Inc today.