It can be stressful and overwhelming to look over at your ice machine and see water leaking everywhere! For most, the immediate reaction is panic, which is normal. No one wants to see water where it should not be. Like many ice machine companies, SPECS Refrigeration often gets calls from customers that there is water running everywhere and they need service quickly. Fortunately, while this issue is alarming, the diagnosis is often a simple clogged drain. Drains on machines like ice machines, ice dispensers, and soda fountains are perfect places for mold, slime, and bacteria to grow, and in Lubbock where the water is very hard, there can often be a buildup of hard water scale which cuts off the flow of your drain line. Bacteria and mold thrive in wet, cold, and dark places where they can grow without interruption. This is why your drain may be clogged. Additionally, the location of your ice machine’s drain can also be a contributing factor to its clogging. Bacteria feed on things like yeast and sugar, and this allows them to thrive in your drain line – this is especially common in places like bakeries, tea & coffee shops, and soda fountains.
If your drain is fully clogged, it is best to leave the unclogging to the professionals at SPECS Refrigeration. However, there is a simple and cost-effective trick to help prevent your drain from becoming clogged. On a regular basis, you or personnel at your business should pour a sanitizing solution down the drain of your machine. This could be ice machine sanitizer or a simple water and bleach solution. This will help keep bacteria from growing as well as kill off any remaining bacteria in your drain.
SPECS Refrigeration in Lubbock is always here to help you. Any time, day or night, give us a call and our technicians will be there to fix your problem! If your ice machine’s drain is clogged, let us know – we will be there to help you as soon as possible.