Ice Machines

Ice May Not Be As Clean As You Think


At Optimum Air we service and repair all makes and models of ice machines. We feel that ice machines are an integral part of any business that relies on them for operation but are often forgotten when it comes to regular cleanings and maintenance. Because of this they become dirty which can be a danger to customers and cost more to run due to reduced production per hour. Schedule a check and clean with us to be sure your equipment is clean and in good running shape.

Typically ice machines are overlooked in a business as an item than needs regular maintenance and cleanings. This is a mistake due to their ability to breed bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ice machines are the perfect area for growth of these nefarious microorganisms due to all of the cool, dark, and moist areas within the machine. Contamination occurs when these microorganism find their way into the machine via the air. Businesses such as bakeries and bars are more susceptible to the issue due to yeast in the air. Bacteria and fungus can grow at an exponential rate, doubling in size every ten minutes. At this rate it is concerning because a single bacteria could grow into 22,300,745,198,530,600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bacteria within a single day. Not only is it a health concern but the formation of slime can take away from the efficiency of the machine, thus a loss of performance, which means less ice produced per hour. If slime is left to continue to grow it can lead to machine malfunction, damage to parts, and complete system contamination.

Some of the bacterias and viruses know to contaminate ice are:


  • Norovirus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Mycobacterium
  • Shigella
  • E. coli
  • Legionella
  • Salmonella
  • Typhoid fever
  • Cholera