Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Commercial Ice Machine: How important is water filtration?

Ice is Food
The average human eats nearly 2 pounds of ice a day. As with every other food, safe ice handling and proper preparation are the only ways to guarantee a healthy, tasty product. Installing an inline filtration system on your commercial ice machine’s water supply assures that residual bacteria, accumulated minerals and other contaminants are removed from the water.
Which Filtration System to Buy
Commercial water filtration systems use one to three filters to totally clean your incoming water. The number you need depends on the size of your commercial ice machine.

Cube Ice Machines
Flake and Nugget Ice Machines
1 Filter
Up to 650 lbs
Up to 1200
2 Filters
650 – 1300 lbs
Over 1200 lbs
3 Filters
Over 1300 lbs

When to Change
Ice filters need to be changed every 6 months. Failure to change the filter will cause your machine to work harder and wear it out faster.
Ice Contaminants
Ice is subject to a variety of contaminants. The most common occur when a machine is poorly maintained or the water supply has dissolved minerals or residual chlorine.
  • Mineral Deposits:
Municipal water companies only remove contaminants that are harmful to human health. Many dissolved minerals are not harmful, therefore are not removed. Mineral laden water results in ice that appears cloudy and can make a drink smell and taste unappealing.
  • Slime Build-Up:
Slime build-up can result from a poorly maintained ice machine. Ice made from a slimy machine will appear cloudy with a slight yellow, green or red tint and can cause illness, especially in those with weakened immune systems.
  • Chlorination:
Chlorination is the process of adding chlorine to water in order to treat it and kill harmful germs. Residual chlorine remains in the water supply giving the water an unappealing taste.

If you have any repair service, would like to set up a professional planned maintenance on your ice machine, or you are interested in water filter systems for your ice machine please contact us at 800-252-5892.  We work on every major brand and can also supply replacement parts.

Eichenauer Services
2465 N 22nd St 
Decatur, IL 62526
Phone: 800-252-5892 
Eichenauer Services
106 E McClure 
Peoria, IL 61603 
Phone: 800-252-5892 
Eichenauer Services
405 S Neil St 
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 800-252-5892  
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