Notes from the Iceologist

Thoughts from our resident Iceologists and guests

Ice Maker Installation: Avoiding the Dangers of Microclimates 

One of the most critical things to consider before ice maker installation is where you place the unit. Proper ice machine placement helps to increase your ice production rate and limit future problems.     One major problem, called a microclimate, occurs when hot air is confined to small space and can’t disperse, staying trapped around the […]

How to Prevent Scale Buildup in Your Ice Machine 

Water is the definition of purity. It’s clear, cold, and necessary for supporting life. Despite water’s reputation, it’s full of minerals and deposits. These deposits aren’t harmful to people, but they can cause problems for ice machines. As time passes, certain deposits can create scale buildup which can affect your ice machine’s production.     In this […]

How Much Ice Do I Need? Choosing the Right Size Ice Machine.

Figuring out how much ice your business needs is not as easy as it sounds. For starters, many business owners don’t realize how a steady supply of ice affects their profits. You don’t want to end up with a small ice machine that doesn’t fit you needs. Running low on ice can prove to be a […]

A Dirty Ice Maker Filter Spells Disaster

Tips to Keep Your Ice Maker Filter Clean An ice maker filter is necessary to protect your ice maker from dust, debris, and other contaminants. If your unit has an air-cooled condenser, it most certainly has an air filter.  It’s vital that you keep your air filter clean if you want to maintain a steady flow of ice and avoid costly […]

Ice Machine Sanitizer Prevents Hospital-Acquired Infections

Keeping a sanitary environment is essential in any industry, but it’s an absolute necessity in healthcare.  According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 U.S. hospital patients is diagnosed with at least one hospital-acquired infection (HAI) related to hospital care alone. HAIs cost hospitals in the US anywhere between 28 billion to 45 billion annually. With numbers […]

The Best Types of Ice Cubes for Bars and Cocktail Lounges

Believe it or not, a lot of planning goes into designing ice cubes. Companies create different types of ice cubes with several shapes and textures. Each style is meant to appeal to various bar and restaurant settings.    Whether you own a high-volume sports bar or a specialty cocktail lounge, the type of cube you choose can help save money or create the best presentation for a high-end […]

How to Clean an Ice Maker Water Filter

Here in the US, by the time water reaches our sink, it’s generally safe to drink. That’s because water treatment facilities clean and filter water of harmful bacteria or protozoa. Although safe to drink, treatment facilities can’t filter everything out of the water. Truth is, tap water still has particles in it. These particles aren’t harmful to people but can mean bad news […]

Ice Maker Not Working This Summer? Here are the Most Common Problems   

If you had to run a marathon, when would you rather do it? During a nice, cool fall day or under the beating sun of summer? Unless you’re one heck of an athlete, there’s a good chance you might collapse if you chose option two. Your ice machine feels the summer heat as well, and if your ice maker is not working properly, the temperature could be the cause.    Many businesses […]

Maximizing Your Ice Supply when Catering Events Outdoors  

There’s something about summer that draws people to the outdoors. Clear skies, green landscapes, and warm weather have a way of turning an average indoor event into an outdoor extravaganza. Everything from dinners, mixers, and weddings find their way outside. Unfortunately the summer heat can make it difficult to keep enough ice on hand, so we’ve put together a few tips for maximizing your ice supply while catering events outdoors.  Ice may not be the talk […]

5 Ways to Prepare Your Restaurant Ice Machine for Summer

As summer approaches and temperatures begin to rise, people look for ways to keep cool. Maybe it’s taking a dip in the pool or cooling down with an ice-cold drink. While you’re chilling out this summer, don’t forget that your restaurant ice machine also needs to stay cool. An ice machine that must produce ice […]