Ice Maker Cleaning and sanitization


"When was the last time my ice maker was cleaned and sanitized?"

If you are having any difficulty answering this question, it is probably time to have your system evaluated.

In EQUIPMENT such as ice bins and BEVERAGE dispensing
nozzles and enclosed components of EQUIPMENT such as ice
makers, cooking oil storage tanks and distribution lines,
BEVERAGE and syrup dispensing lines or tubes, coffee bean
grinders, and water vending EQUIPMENT:

(a) At a frequency specified by the manufacturer, or

(b) Absent manufacturer specifications, at a frequency
necessary to preclude accumulation of soil or mold.
— FDA 2009 Food Code, Chapter 4 Part 602.11 section (E)

Ice machines are one of the most overlooked (and taken for granted) pieces of equipment in a given facility.  Offering daily use at all hours, these machines see heavy use on a regular basis.

The FDA defines ice as food.  As such, it is of the utmost importance that equipment producing the ice be held to the highest sanitary standards possible.  Over time- mold, bacteria and fungus will grow within the water and ice supply tubing; thus contaminating the product. 

As the law above states, it is mandatory that all owners of ice makers have their equipment cleaned.  The law references a frequency specified by the manufacturer.  Most major manufacturers (Follett, Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, Scotsman, etc) recommend a full-scale cleaning to occur at least once every six months to maintain a sanitary environment.

Water contact surfaces are not the only locations in need of attention.  Other components collect dust and have a possibility of corroding depending on the environment.  Neglected units will invariably consume more energy and operate under greater stress.  For instance, coil fins packed with dust will increase the workload and power consumption of the unit as a whole.  Regularly scheduled maintenance will alleviate these issues and assure that your ice machine operates with smooth efficiency.

TecH2O recommends that all ice makers be serviced at a bare minimum of twice per year.  This will assure that all aspects of the machine are working without issue and within acceptable sanitary standards.

A properly, regularly serviced ice maker will have a much longer life than a neglected unit.  Don't wait until a problem arises!  Call us today to schedule a free consultation.


*TecH2O, inc uses only Original Equipment Manufacturer replacement parts, cleaners and sanitizers.