Industrial ice makers are built to last and typically don’t come with too many moving parts. Like any piece of equipment, there will eventually come a time when you need to replace your ice machine. These machines show a few telltale signs that they’re on the way out. Here’s how to tell if you need to start shopping for a new ice maker.
Making Less Ice
If your ice maker is making fewer ice cubes than before, it could be a sign that you need to repair or replace the unit. Some signs that your ice maker isn’t producing enough ice are that you’re always running out or that your employees have to dig deeper than usual to reach the ice.
Loud Compressor Noises
The compressor and condenser work together to move refrigerant to the evaporator, which freezes the water into ice. If any of these pieces break, it can cause trouble for the entire machine. Bad compressor noises include rattling, screeching and air sucking noises. They can fail due to overwork, electrical issues, poor ventilation or dirt/dust buildup.
Ice makers can have internal and external leaks. External leaks present themselves as puddles of water under the unit. Internal leaks create larger than average ice cubes, which creates excessive wear on the machine. They can also cause rust, which eats away at the machine’s base. If the machine is no longer under warranty, it may be more cost effective to get the whole ice maker replaced than to try to figure out what part needs to be replaced.
Ice makers should be cleaned and maintained at least twice a year by a qualified technician. If your ice maker requires more than one non-routine maintenance visit a year, it may be time to start considering a replacement. Maintaining an ice machine shouldn’t cost more than buying a new one.
Our team at All Temp can help with Tampa ice machine services, whether you’re in the market for an ice maker or need help with maintenance or repairs. Contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800 to schedule an appointment.