Ice Machines require periodic maintenance to be able to deliver like-new reliable performance. That maintenance will be in five areas:
The maintenance includes:
Schedule: Typically twice per year for scale removal and sanitizing. At some sites the water supply to the ice machine will contain significant quantities of minerals, and that will result in a water system becoming coated with these minerals, requiring more frequent maintenance than twice per year.
For the Owner or Operator - several items can be “do it yourself” procedures:
Air Filter Cleaning:
Ice Dispense Bin and Rotor Cleaning and Sanitizing:
Photo Eye Ice Level Control
Ice Machine Water System, including water filters:
Ice Dispense Bin and Rotor Cleaning and Sanitizing
Hand tools, cleaning supplies including scale remover and sanitizer, plus hand protection are recommended.
Frequency and Background:
Recommended minimum time between cleanings is 6 months. To aid in determining if the machine has not been cleaned in 6 months, a Time To Clean light will glow after 6 months of power up time. Cleaning the machine with the following process will reset that light and the timer that controls it. More frequent cleanings may be required based on the mineral content of the water, run time and potential airborne contamination.
Note: Drain into drain basin in base of unit. Sink must be attached to unit throughout this process.
Note: Stop at any time by pushing the On/Off button.
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)