How much ice have you consumed today? Was it crescent-shaped, or did you enjoy the legendary Sonic ice?
Regardless of your preference, it’s easy to see why the comfort, safety, and productivity of facility occupants are contingent upon efficient ice machines. Failure to maintain ice machines can put occupants at risk for illness, and your business at risk. With the busy holiday season around the corner, ignoring maintenance isn't a risk you want to take.
Just because an ice machine looks clean on the outside, doesn’t mean it’s properly maintained inside. Frequent interior cleaning, sanitation, and maintenance is critical to providing clean and sanitary ice. At peak seasons for kitchens like the holidays, this becomes all the more important.
Planned maintenance for ice machines is essential to extending the lifespan and ensuring the efficiency of your equipment during peak seasons. If you’re wondering where you should get started to protect your business and your customers’ health, keep these primary items for ice machine maintenance in mind before the holidays:
In between planned-maintenance service visits, follow these steps to keep your ice machine running smoothly and safely:
A Pittsburgh hospital is raising awareness about ice machine protocols after one patient died and two were sickened by Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella bacteria typically spread quickly in warm water, and it wasn’t until they tore apart the ice machine that staff discovered the culprit: A compressor next to the water reservoir heated up the water in the reservoir and allow the growth of Legionella.
Some facilities let in-house maintenance teams service ice machines, but companies are increasingly turning to contractors that specialize in Commercial Refrigeration and Food Equipment Services (CRFES). In return, companies can focus on their core business while relying on the exponential resources of highly-trained, licensed CRFES technicians with strong vendor partnerships.
In keeping with our commitment to serving the life-cycle of a facility, TDIndustries provides comprehensive emergency service and planned maintenance for non-residential markets during the holidays (and other times of the year).
We stock our service trucks with repair parts so your equipment is up and running as soon as possible. We also offer comprehensive inspection and maintenance plans for equipment of all makes and sizes, including: coolers, beverage dispensers, ice makers, water fountains, batch freezers, fryers, ovens, grills, grease traps, and restaurant venting. If you can, try to check off all of your maintenance boxes before the biggest holiday crowds arrive.
Protect your investments with CRFES technicians who will respond quickly and efficiently. Our TDPartners in the service contact center are available 24/7/365 to advise you – no answering machines, no outsourcing, no hassle. Call us at 1-800-864-7717.
Are you responsible for facilities management or mitigating operating costs? Please take advantage of the e-book below to gain a better understanding of your facility's risk factors.