Notes from the Iceologist

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Ice Machine Bin Control Tips and Troubleshooting

Your ice machine bin control plays a very important role in determining how much ice your bin can hold. Most importantly, it ensures that your ice machine bin doesn’t overfill with ice and create a freeze up, which can cause costly damages.   In this post, we will cover the different types of bin control sensors, and then dive into the potential problems each can face.  […]

How to Clean an Ice Maker: Mold and Slime Removal

We’ve all encountered mold or slime in our sinks, showers, and bathtubs, but did you know that ice machines are susceptible as well? Getting rid of it isn’t as simple as using bathroom cleaner. Ice machines need special care. In this article, we’ll discuss what causes slime and mold in ice machines and how to […]

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5 Things to Fix Before Your Next Ice Machine Service

When it’s time for your ice machine service, it’s important to know how to prepare your space for the technician. Even the best technicians need access to vital ice machine components to properly service your ice machine. Improper maintenance or cleaning will decrease the overall lifespan of your unit and eventually lead to a broken […]

Storm Prep Guide: Prevent Damaged and Dirty Ice Machine

Large storms have the potential to cause a lot of damage to businesses – and that includes ice machines. Water from storms can damage equipment or leave you with a dirty ice machine.   We know that when a storm is approaching, protecting an ice machine isn’t on the top of the list, but with a few quick, […]

How Much Ice Do I Need for the Holiday Season?

The holiday season often brings busy nights of food preparation & display, festive beverages, and office parties. It’s also a time many business owners find themselves asking, “How much ice do I need for the holidays?”   In the spirit of giving, we have prepared a few tips to help your business get ready for the holiday season.   Unique Holiday Ice Needs for Each Business  Every business will need a different […]

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 […]