No one wants to lose their cool — especially when it comes to commercial refrigeration. Pinnacle’s tips on what to look for and how to care for your unit can help prevent a meltdown — both for you and your commercial cooler.
Most failures on refrigeration equipment are due to inadequately servicing the system. As a result, improperly maintained systems cause higher energy prices and lower cooling capability, not to mention a potential loss of product, furthering your expense and adding to your repair headache.
Did You Know? Your Ice Could Be Making Your Customers Sick
It’s true. Ice machine maintenance is extremely important to the health and safety of your customers. Whether in a hotel, restaurant or bar, if you haven’t cleaned your ice machine lately, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria, scale, mould and mildew.
Frequent cleaning of your commercial ice machine is an essential part of routine maintenance. Not only does it support the sanitation of your overall operation, but also preserves the quality of your ice, helps extend the life of your ice machine and increases its performance.
Why Clean Your Ice Machine and Ice Bins Regularly
In addition to the refrigeration components, your ice machine uses a series of pumps, sensors and valves to produce ice.
Your machine will not operate properly if scale accumulates on a sensor or worse, obstructs a pump.
If there is scale in your ice machine, there could be bacteria in your ice.
Here’s a situation that you’re probably familiar with: you walk into your cooler and something doesn’t feel right. You check the temperature and, sure enough, it’s not running as cool as it should. What do you do?
You may feel compelled to adjust the thermostat cooler to get back to the proper temperature. But, this probably isn’t the best solution and could end up costing you and your business money in the long run.
In fact, if you decide to adjust your thermostat without resolving the underlying issue, you risk overstressing and burning out the compressor, which could lead to costly repairs. Thankfully, there are common solutions for fixing a cooler or fridge that’s having difficulty keeping its temperature.