When properly maintained, ice cream machines can last between 10 and 20 years. However, these pieces of foodservice equipment offer a few tell-tale signs they are reaching the end of their service lives.
Here are four signs that it might be time for a foodservice operator to replace an ice cream machine.
Longer Run Time: If the refrigeration system runs longer than normal on the initial freeze down in the morning, this may be a signal to change the scraper blades, clean the condenser or request a service call.
Frequent Service Calls: When the service calls become too frequent or cost-prohibitive, then the operator should evaluate whether replacing or repairing the unit will provide the greater return on investment and act accordingly.
Excessive Wear and Tear: Most blades have wear lines that help determine when the operator needs to replace them. Leaking can be an indication the O ring has a tear. A simple replacement may address this. However, excessive wear and tear on an older unit means replacement should be considered.
Refrigeration Failure: Ice cream freezes at between 18 and 21 degrees F. If the unit cannot maintain the proper temperature, or the compressor needs replacing, it may make more sense to retire the machine.