Oct14

Ice machine refrigeration service and maintenance in Melbourne

There is nothing like a cool, refreshing drink on a hot summer day, filled to the brim with crystal clear, sparking ice.

Restaurants and other venues that serve food have ice machines that churn out ice in large quantities. But, did you know that ice machines can be hazardous to public health if not cleaned and maintained properly withthe regular refrigeration maintenance program we offer Melbourne businesses and households?

Proper maintenance of ice machines is imperative to prevent sickness in consumers.

Ice Machines are generally out of mind out of sight for most Commercial or Hospitality businesses, until the machine breaks down or the local Health Inspector issues a compliance notice after finding the ice machine internals with traces of mould

Here are some maintenance tips for ice machines to help keep them germ-free and functioning properly:

SMELL & TASTE OF ICE CUBES
Impurities can be present in any water supply, no matter how much it has been properly treated. As a result, the smell and taste of the ice can be altered and can contaminate the drinks that it is served in, or the ice cubes can take on any odours that may be present in the storage bin. Regular maintenance of your machine and periodically emptying and sanitising the ice storage bin can avoid any stale or dank smells.

WATER FILTERS
It is highly recommended that a quality water filter assembly be installed on the water inlet line, and the filter element or cartridge be replaced at least every 6 months.

The purpose of a water filter is to:
Remove sediment from the water, this ensures the ice cubes are clean and clear and importantly protects the internal components of your expensive ice machine from becoming clogged or being damaged by impurities.
The filter is also important to eliminate scale and lime build-up, mains water can contain calcium and other impurities that if left unchecked can cause corrosion to the machine and of course lead to unpleasant odours or taste from the ice. The best tasting ice comes from pure filtered crystal clear water.

ANTIMICROBIAL PROTECTION
Commercial ice machines are breeding grounds for slime and mould growth. Some machines already have plastic parts installed that are guaranteed to be resistant to slime and mould growth. It is recommended as part of regular maintenance checks that your technician inspects and cleans your machines internal components to prevent mould. Mould can be present in the water tank and evaporator plate and cover and quite literally be in contact with the water that becomes the ice cube.

SANITISE MACHINE
Ice machines in commercial premises whether large or small, need to be cleaned and sanitised regularly. While changing the water filter and adding antimicrobial protection are necessary maintenance techniques, they cannot do their job properly unless a thorough internal clean is carried out.

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM
In addition to the important hygiene aspects of your ice machine it is of course important to have the refrigeration system maintained at the same time, this can be as simple as keeping the condenser coil clean of dust and ensuring gas level and running pressures are at factory specification.

The team at MNK Technical Services can take the hassle and worry out of maintaining your Melbourne ice machine and other refrigeration. If your Melbourne hospitality business has an Ice Machine, you can rely on MNK for expert Repair, Maintenance, Sales and Installation of Ice Machines in Melbourne.

Call us today to discuss any of your Commercial Refrigeration requirements.