Commercial ice machines are a big part of food preparation and restaurant services. When your ice machine runs into trouble, it prevents you from properly serving your customers and forcing you to lose valuable sales.
But how do you know if your restaurant needs a new commercial ice machine? If you’re not sure if it’s time to have a new commercial ice machine installed in your restaurant, keep an eye out for these ice machine problems:
- The machine won’t turn on. Check the breaker box to make sure that power is flowing to your ice machine. If the power is on, but the ice machine isn’t, bring in a repair service. When a repair doesn’t fix the problem you’re having, it’s time to start thinking about purchasing food service equipment.
- The machine is short cycling. Short cycling is a huge waste of energy caused by a machine turning on and off rapidly several times throughout the day. Short cycling can sometimes be caused by overheating internal components or a faulty electrical connection. In either case, a short cycling ice machine will slow down the production of ice in the system and hike up your energy bill. If your ice machine routinely short cycles, it might be time to consider a new energy-efficient model.
- The machine leaks. Leaks can happen anywhere in your commercial ice machine. You might not notice a leak until there are puddles forming around the base of the equipment. Sometimes a leak will spill into the ice container of the machine and cause misshapen pieces of ice. Leaks can cause your machine to produce lower levels of ice, too. If your commercial ice machine routinely suffers from leaks despite regular maintenance and repairs, it might be time to contact a food service equipment company for a new machine.
It’s no secret the restaurant industry needs to be on the ball. In fact, the restaurant industry brought in up to $863 billion in sales just this year. To keep up with these sales, it’s important to have commercial kitchen appliances that can keep up with you.
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