An ice maker can be a very convenient device to own, but it can be easy for you to overlook the maintenance that these devices require. Failing to properly care for your ice maker can result in it developing a number of performance compromising problems that can potentially lead to needing expensive repairs. To help you avoid some of these issues, you should consider following these maintenance tips.
Change The Filters
An ice maker will utilize a couple of different filters, and these will need to be changed at least once a year to ensure that the system continues to function correctly. One filter is used to remove particulate matter that might be in the water, and if this filter becomes clogged, the taste of the ice that is produced may suffer because the filter will no longer be able to completely remove these substances from the water.
In addition to the water filter, these devices also need to use air filters to prevent dust and other debris from clogging the interior of the system. Failing to change these filters on a regular basis can cause the motor to burn itself out. Unfortunately, the exact frequency with which you will need to change the air filter can vary based on the design of your system, but this information can easily be located in the owner's manual.
Clean The System
In addition to changing the filters, you will also want to thoroughly clean the system at least twice a year. Over time, it is possible for mineral deposits to accumulate in the water reservoir and tubing. This can both impact the taste of your ice as well as lead to blockages. Fortunately, this issue can be mitigated by cleaning the system with an ice maker-safe mineral deposit remover. These substances can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores, and it can rapidly dissolve these deposits.
To use these cleaning solutions, you will want to remove any ice from the system and pour the solution into the reservoir. As this solution gets pumped through the ice maker, it will dissolve the mineral deposits that may have started to form. However, you will not be able to consume the ice that is made during this process, and it may take several ice making cycles for this solution to completely work its way out of your system. Yet, this can be a small inconvenience to pay to avoid potentially damaging clogs. Contact a manufacturer, like Shealy-Hodges Corporation, for more information.