Some Ice Machine Facts.. Ice Cubes

Did you know that fully 10% of all the electricity used in commercial refrigeration is used by ice maker machines? It’s true. What does that tell you about getting an energy efficient model? And, did you know that these devices work round the clock, 24 / 7, and that is hard on any piece of machinery. The lifespan of commercial ice machine is about 10 years.

Also, it is important to know that 60% for all ice machine repair calls are for water related problems. By water related I mean, poor ice taste or smell, plugged water filter, or even slime in the ice maker!

There are basically two main types of commercial ice makers: Air Cooled and Water Cooled.

The air cooled ice machines are cheaper but they are noisier and they will heat up the room they are locate in because the fan in the refrigeration unit blows across the coils and sends the hot air right out into the room.

Water cooled ice makers are much quieter and don’t heat up the room, but they will cost you more on your electric bill. They are also much easier to install.

One of the Biggest Complaints- Won’t Make Ice

An obvious problem is if the ice machine just won’t put out ice. This can be caused by several issues. Fortunately most are easy to fix. R & S Mechanical can usually spot the problem quickly and get it fixed pronto. Here are some of the possible problems you could encounter.

The water line is stopped up. This can happen if the screen filter in the line is plugged with deposits. Along the same line, the water filter can be plugged up. A properly functioning Water filter is very important the quality of the ice. Without a water filter you will get organic and chemical debris in tour ice, yet with a plugged water filter you get no ice. Changing this filter periodically (or having R & S Mechanical change it) will keep the clean water flowing, and customers coming back for more.

I know it sounds obvious, but if the unit is not running you won’t get ice. So check to see if it is running, and if it isn’t, then make sure someone hasn’t kicked the power cord out of the wall socket. The next step would be to see if someone switched the unit off. A faulty power cable will also keep your ice maker from running. I that is you problem, you should let R & S Mechanical Services in Garner.

Another cause for your commercial ice machine to not make ice is if a fuse or circuit breaker has blown. If this is the case, it usually means that some part of the system is overloaded. It may be some other piece of equipment on the same electrical line or “circuit”. Or, it could be a faulty electrical part in the ice maker itself. If whoever installed your ice maker did a poor job of grounding the unit, it could cause this problem. It might be a worn power cable, that allows the wire to short out, or even a short circuit in your ice machine’s internal electrical system.

R & S Mechanical in Raleigh has a staff that is well trained in this area.

Sometimes a mechanical part in the ice machine gets frozen, locked up, or just broken. And, of course, if the thermostat is broken and the unit won’t cool, you won’t get ice.

For Any Question about Ice Machines or for Service contact R & S Mechanical of Garner NC at (919) 302-8956