Water Filters for your Ice Machine: What They Do and Why You Need Them

One of the most common questions we receive at Ice Machines Plus is in regards to water filters. “What do they do, and why do I need them?” are the most common inquiries posed by curious ice machine owners. Adding a water filter to your ice machine will do much to improve the quality of the ice produced, by reducing foul odors and tastes. The water filter also sifts out microscopic sediment and debris that may exist in your water, and will minimize the wear and tear on your ice machine. If you have ever seen a water filter after months of use, you will realize exactly why they are a good investment for your ice machine.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of hiking in the forest or mountains, you are aware that you can see some beautiful, breathtaking sights. From exotic animals to unbelievable landforms, there is no limit to the wonders that can be found. You may have also noted the brooks streams that wind through the mountains, appearing so clean and clear that you almost feel like you could drink from them—almost. While these beautiful bodies of water may look drinkable, many remain still filled with sediment, bacteria, and in some cases chemicals. These particles may remain unseen by the naked eye, but these are the exact reasons why you should have a water filter for your ice machine. Unseen troubles like these may cause the most problems.

For the same reasons we rinse our fruits and vegetables, we should also filter the water being used in our ice machines. Not only is it more hygienic, but the water filters greatly improve the quality of ice produced, which in turn is better received by customers. Ice should be simple, cold, and flavorless, and should not alter the liquid in which it resides. To provide the highest quality ice, water passes through these filters, and the microscopic organisms that cause water to taste “off” are removed. You wouldn’t serve your customers low quality water, so why would you consider serving them low quality ice? Ice that is free of sediment and minerals also freezes faster, as there are fewer impurities in the water itself.

Lesser known by the average ice machine owner is the fact that low quality water can have serious negative effects on the life of your ice machine. If untreated water is left to run through your ice machine, scale and slime may build up internally. When these contaminants build up, production may lag and become less consistent. Some larger units may require up to three water filters depending how much ice they make and how much water they use. Water filters will decrease maintenance and repair costs as well. Information has also been released reporting that the majority of ice machine problems are related to poor water quality. In some cases, mineral deposits have even caused the compressor to fail completely.

With a water filter like those from Cuno and EverPure, your ice machine can live a full, healthy life producing high quality ice for your guests. In some cases, water filters are required for the machine’s company to honor their warranty. Ice o’matic on the other hand, extends their warranty on their ice machines when a filter is purchased and replaced every six months. This is a clear testimony to how much of a difference a water filter will make on your commercial ice machine. Generally, all ice machine filters should be replaced every six months, though some may require a change sooner or later depending on water quality.

Hopefully this article provides some insight into the importance of a water filter for your commercial ice machine. An ice machine water filter is a great investment for your ice machine’s sake, and for the sake of your customers. Get the most out of your machine, and provide the highest quality ice around with a new water filter for your ice machine.

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