It's Time to Winterize:
What You Need to Know to Clean and Prepare Your Ice Maker for Winter
Winter is coming. If your refrigerator, freezer, or ice maker is outdoors, you need to prepare for the upcoming temperature drop. Side note: consider bringing your refrigeration indoors all year round. We understand space can be limited, but controlled environments will extend the life of your property! For more details about where you should keep your equipment, please refer to your product manual for recommended temperatures and storage environments.
So you might be asking why bother preparing for the winter? Well, it’s pretty cut and dry. If you fail to prepare, your ice maker may break down and require immediate repair. Or, as we mentioned previously, may result in premature failure of your ice maker. Either way, you’re out a pretty penny. Let’s learn the basic steps you can take right now to prepare and avoid any headaches or surprise bills with your ice maker this winter.
IT'S TIME TO CLEAN THE EXTERIOR
First things first, your ice maker needs a thorough clean. We wrote a helpful blog about this already. Click here to read about the ten steps to clean your ice and water dispenser. While this blog is written for a residential ice maker or refrigerator, you can learn helpful cleaning tips and order of operations to ensure you clean your machine right.
- Power off your ice maker and remove the plug from the outlet. You do not want to clean your ice maker while it’s plugged in! Now, shut off the water supply and completely drain the water lines.
- Turn your attention to your ice maker’s exterior. We’ll get to the inside later. Inspect your ice maker. Does it have a front grill? If so, remove it. Grab your shop vac and get to it! If there is any dirt, dust, or leaves, be sure to suck them right up. Now that the big stuff is out of the way, inspect your machine thoroughly. A soft toothbrush really comes in handy for light cleaning.
- Wipe down your ice maker’s surfaces with antibacterial cleaner. In fact, you should be doing this on a regular basis. Click here to read our blog on kitchen equipment cleaning basics. It includes helpful information about cleaning best practices!
- We cannot stress this enough: do not use any abrasive cleaners, pads, or harsh chemicals to clean your ice maker’s exterior. You can damage sensitive components!
IT'S THE INTERIOR'S TURN
TWO FINAL TIPS
1. CHECK YOUR ICE MACHINE OFTEN
2. PLAN AHEAD WITH A DEDICATED PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
It’s easy to let things like basic cleaning and maintenance go unnoticed. Even the best of intentions can result in unforeseen issues. Luckily, we offer dedicated preventative maintenance services for people in need of proper cleaning and services.
Our preventative maintenance program is a simple, low-cost solution for ensuring sanitary ice. There are no contracts or hidden fees, just a low, flat rate to thoroughly clean your ice machine annually, bi-annually, or quarterly. Prices start at just $175 plus tax per machine, per visit for all cleanings! Click here for more information about our maintenance program, as well as the suite of services we offer for the greater Memphis region.
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