You Can Do The Most Common Hoshizaki Ice Machine Repair
Most Hoshizaki ice machine repair service calls are not actually a repair. It is a simple procedure that is easy to do and only cost about a dollar in supplies.
These ice machines have a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Cleaning is not covered by the warranty. It is considered the owners responsibility.
Hoshizaki ice machines have a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Cleaning is not covered by the warranty. It is considered the owners responsibility.
This is part 2 of this topic. If you are not familiar with ice machine cleaning and sanitizing, you may find the first part useful.
Ice Machine Cleaning
The Harvest System Works Too Well
Hoshizaki ice machines are the most tolerant to scale build up. They us water across the back of the evaporator plate to assist the compressor during harvest. This works very well.
The harvest system works too well. The machine can get an extreme amount of scale build up before it cuts itself off. The scale can be very hard to remove.
The manufacturers cleaner is very strong. It can be run in the machine for long periods of time without harming the evaporator plate. Any FDA approved ice machine cleaner can used.
The company sells a very stiff brush for extreme cases. The brush is used from above the machine. There must be several feet of clearance above the machine.
It is much cheaper to clean the machine regularly, than it is to pay a technician to spend the day cleaning it.
Easy To Clean But…
Hoshizaki ice machines are easy to clean. There are instructions on the inside of the front cover. The owners manual also has a section on cleaning. If these are missing you can contact factory for a replacement.
They can tell you where to get a replacement owners manual and where to buy cleaner in your area. Technical support can also answer your questions about cleaning your Hoshizaki ice machine.
The ice has to be removed from the bin! Moving around 1,000 lbs of ice is not easy. I think that is part of the reason Hoshizaki ice machines often go so long without being cleaned. Part of the cleaning procedure involved dumping the cleaner into the bin.
I do not understand why this is necessary. During each cycle, the machine pumps the old water out. It seems like it would be simple to add a little programming to the computer board to pump the cleaner out.
Anytime the ice level is very low, I would clean the machine. Some technicians use a bus pan to catch the cleaner. Then they rinse off the ice with cold water in case some cleaner splattered. I cannot recommend this. I have to say to follow the manufacturers directions.
If you are unsure about cleaning your ice machine by yourself, there is a simple solution. Call a service company to clean it. Tell the tech that you would like to learn to clean it and lunch is on you afterwards. Then you will have a motivated personal tutor.
Learning to clean your Hoshizaki ice machine is one of the highest profit ways you can spend your time.
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