Why Do You Need an Ice Machine Filter?

Posted on August 13, 2014
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Ice Machine Filter

My favorite Futurama quote is when God says, “When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”

This is the life of an ice machine filter—they’re the behind-the-scenes heroes that keep sodas snappy, drinks delicious and water clear as crystal. When they’re working, nobody says a peep. Seriously, when was the last time a customer stopped one of your servers to tell them how delicious the water was?

We know what water and ice are supposed to taste like: Clear, neutral and indifferent. It’s when water and ice step out of those boundaries that things get a little…well, gross. Here are a few reasons why having an ice machine filter is the clear choice for restaurant owners:

Better Tasting Ice

Not that I’ve ever had particularly great tasting ice, but a fresh ice machine filter makes your ice a clear neutral while keeping drinks chilly. When it comes down to it, installing an ice machine filter will give your customers the very best experience possible. Want proof? Here are three gross things that might appear in your water without a filtration system:

Mineral Deposits

Mineral water is a health food dream. However, it also smells like a skunk took a bath in unleaded gasoline and dried off with a moth-infested towel. Water filters keep the extra mineral deposits in check to keep your water fresh and tasty.

Slime

If the green ghost from Ghostbusters had an ice machine filter installed in him, then he wouldn’t have been able to slime Bill Murray.  Why? Because ice machine filters eliminate slime buildup so nothing questionable comes out the water spigot. Clear?

Chlorine

Unless your restaurant is public pool themed (seriously, think of a better theme than that), your customers won’t be too thrilled about chlorine-flavored water. Filters take the chlorination out of your water tap for a fresh outlook on water and ice.

Peak Ice Production

Why, exactly, did you invest in an ice machine? This isn’t a trick question.

If you answered “to make ice,” then you’re correct. If you answered anything else, i.e. “to make a chute for bobsled practice,” then you might want to rethink your purchase.

For those who want consistent ice production, regular filter changes will have your machine pumping out cubes faster than Rubik. By keeping out the undesirables listed above (mineral deposits, slime and chlorine), the inner workings of the ice machine have more room to do their thing.

Decrease Maintenance Costs

It’s recommended you change your ice machine filter every 6 months. Think of it as regular maintenance—just like your car needs an oil change every 3 months for optimum performance, new filters will breathe life into your ice machine with every replacement.

The more mineral deposits and slime that builds up in your ice machine, the harder it has to work. This could lead to premature compressor failure or other costly repairs. Every break down means two things: you’re losing money by having to buy outside ice, and your ice machine’s life has been shortened.

Some manufacturers like Ice-O-Matic will even offer extended warranties when you replace your ice machine filters regularly. I don’t know about you, but even a few hundred dollars for a new filter is a drop in the ice bucket compared to a $1,000+ dollar repair, or a new ice machine altogether.

Ice machines are investments—chances are you didn’t just wake up one morning and decided to buy one for the heck of it. They’re invaluable to your restaurant as a whole, so take care of them. Invest in your ice machine by investing in ice machine filters.

John Garcia John Garcia (24 Posts)

Amateur cook, expert eater. Originally from Granby, Colorado, I'm a mountain boy who enjoys the simple things in life...like cheeseburgers and pet cats. I'm also a blogger for Food Service Warehouse who enjoys writing about food just as much as eating it.



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