An ice machine (a.k.a. standalone ice maker) provides instant access to large quantities of ice cubes. It is common in offices, restaurants, hotels and hospitals.
Study the owner's manual for specific maintenance instructions, as this does vary greatly by model.
A charcoal water filter on the incoming water line improves the taste and odor of the water used to make the ice. Impurities in your well or municipality-provided water supply can negatively affect the taste.
Make sure the room temperature remains above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 10 degrees Celsius).
Replace the water filter on the water supply line every six months.
Replace at least twice per year, if applicable.
Follow carefully manufacturer instructions for cleaning the water reservoir every two to three months. Mineral scale buildup is a health concern.
Sanitize every two to three months by powering off the ice machine, emptying the ice machine and using an ice machine cleaning solution to scrub the bin liner. Rinse and dry thoroughly before restoring power to the machine.
Replace parts as needed.
The water filter on the water supply line may need to be replaced. Consider a charcoal water filter to improve the taste and odor of the ice cubes.
The water filter may be dirty and need replacement or the water supply valve may have an obstruction.
As a rule of thumb, you should replace the water filter every six months. However, this does vary by manufacturer and by usage. Be sure to review the owner's manual for instructions specific to your model.
No, the shape is determined by the manufacturer of the ice machine. Some models offer several size options.
Refer to your owner's manual for troubleshooting information.
With regular maintenance, an ice machine should be expected to last six to 10 years.