MechAcc gives good advice.
I will get my harvest and freeze times tomorrow and compare them to the chart in my Hoshizaki manual. I am pretty sure my freeze time will be above the estimated time of about 36 minutes (80-85 degree ambient temp/70-75 degree water). Thanks again for all your help and I will keep you guys updated!
On Hoshi's monitor the water pressure when it goes into harvest. If it drops below 20 psig it may have harvest problems.
Ok so I used a degreaser and high powered compressor and spent a few hours cleaning out the condenser and aluminum foils. It didn't come out perfect but since I cannot easily use a hose where the machine is located, this was the best option. The airflow is much better through the coils. I did not take the freeze and harvest times prior to the cleaning but afterward they were 34 minute freeze cycle and 3 minute harvest cycle. It is most definitely working much better. The freeze cycle was right on point, maybe even a minute or 2 shorter. The harvest cycle was about 60 seconds longer than it should have been, is this anything of concern?
Another question I had is whether or not you guys recommend a water filter being installed on the unit? As far as the taste goes, the ice if fine. I was just wondering if a water filter would extend the life of the machine or not. Thanks again for all your help!!
I would say if the cond was that dirty your evap is probably pretty nasty as well which can push your harvest long, doesn't release ice properly if scaled up. Yes install a water filter not so much for taste but for scale and such, ever pure makes a good product. Most ref supply houses can hook you up. For now, if you haven't already, clean the water side. Follow the procedure in the manual. I always take it apart and clean then reassemble and run clean cycle. Don't be fooled looking at it wet. If you haven't cleaned it it's dirty. Should approach every ice machine with that mentality. Good luck.
When in a greasy restaurant I use Alka-Brite Plus made by Nu-Calgon. Cuts the grease off ass soon as you apply it. It also does an awesome job foaming out the dirt. Be sure to wash it out the opposite direction of the air flow.
Also per Hoshi when you time the ice production you want to time a complete cycle from the beginning of one freeze cycle to the beginning of the next.
Sometimes when there is limited access, I will use a pump up garden sprayer to apply the Nu Brite around the fan shroud. Then with the hottest water I can get use the garden sprayer to rinse the condenser coil. Slightly less mess than a garden hose, just a pain to keep filling the sprayer to fully rinse the coil.
That is after I blow off the loose stuff with nitro.