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Commercial Ice Machine Maintenance

Commercial Ice Machine Maintenance

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One of the machines many times overlooked for maintenance in a restaurant and other businesses for one reason or another, seems to be the ice machine. A few simple preventative measures will insure your ice machine operates properly, and efficiently.

Replacing water filters every 6 months will extend the life of your machine. Filters remove sediment from the water, inhibit scale which can build up, and remove odor and bad taste. Although filters may not appear blocked, or show signs of sediment or discoloration, bad taste and odor may show up in the filtered water if not changed every 6 months. In fact some ice machine vendors will extend warranties at no extra charge to the customer when filters are changed as suggested every 6 months.

Equipment that has antimicrobial protection built in used near the food zone areas of ice will inhibit slime and mold growth for the life of the machine. Combining these two preventative maintenance steps will insure your ice machine functions properly.  Be sure to sanitize your machine thoroughly at least every 6 months, particularly if using chemicals such as scale remover. In addition, thoroughly rinse off any chemicals used. Some companies also sell cleaning systems. Paying attention to condenser fins and air filters at the six month maintenance check will only enhance operation life of your machine.

Keeping your machines ability to breathe and function, by removing lint and any petroleum will increase capacity. By adhering to this every 6 month method of changing out filters and other tips, you will greatly increase the life of your machine, and decrease maintenance and repair costs.




Safety Needed When Working on Cooling Units on Rooftops

Safety Needed When Working on Cooling Units on Rooftops

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It takes a full crew to install a new rooftop assembly safely. Each electrical connection, gas, and water line needs to be seated and tightened simultaneously ensuring the platform remains stable during the install.

Most contractors will tell you safety is their number one objective on the job. Equipment, electrical pneumatic , water and steam lines can all be hazardous in the best conditions.  When you attempt instillation while making a lift of several thousand pounds,  placement of these units  can often be tricky at twenty stories and higher.  These working conditions are standard for HVAC contractors and their crews, many contractors must schedule weeks out to install and service projects.

One contractor said that while the months of March and April are a little slow, rooftop service picks up dramatically in May. “I’ll service five rooftops on one job, which typically take about an hour a piece,” he said.

When working at these elevated heights a thorough indoctrination of safety in the air must be taught on the ground first. Whether installing single, or multi –unit s,  contractors ensure their crews are well trained, and that they understand the hazards of operating safely in this challenging condition.

Another contractor stated; “When on the roof, make sure that you have a harness if you are close to the roof edge. And when rigging rooftop units, make sure all persons are away from the building area that you are lifting over.”

Other professionals say; “Check accessibility of the roof and make sure there is enough area to work in.”   “Look for a safe guardrail if the unit is near the edge of the roof/structure and check for proper electrical lockout while the unit is under repair.”

Safety goes beyond the techs and installers – it involves everyone at the job site ;“An overlooked safety issue is not always by the contractor, but from innocent pedestrians that may be shopping or working at the place where the RTU is being changed,” said one contractor.  “You always have to barricade off the area around the crane or jobsite. We had people deliberately move and walk under the caution tape to get to their car at a Wal-Mart project last year. You have to prepare for everything when lifting RTUs in public places.”

Servicing rooftop heating or cooling units is much safer overall when technicians have safety training and implement common safety practices.

Not only is safety important from a human standpoint, it is also important from an operational cost standpoint – namely insurance costs.