We purchased a very badly maintained restaurant over a year ago. Most of the equipment is very old, and our ice machine is down. We called a repair tech who says that he believes the compressor is out (we didn't know he could not service our brand). I called the company who he says exclusively service IceOMatic and he says that to repair the unit would be approx $1100-1200. We can purchase a new unit for just a little over that, so that is what we have decided to do, as we have been told this unit we have is very old and it's never worked very well.
I have three questions....
1. Which brand of small undercounter ice machines would you recommend based on their reliability and ease of maintenance?
2. Where can I find a good reference guide on when and how to do PM on refrigeration units (I guess what and when are the better questions)...I guess what I'm asking is are their PM things we can do to extend the life and quality of these units or does it all need to be done by a professional? Please, don't make fun...we are new at this and we're just trying to learn how to do things right.
3. How do I go about finding someone good who knows what they're doing and who will help us to keep our equipment in good shape?
Thanks in advance for your help. I've read lots of your posts here and you seem to be a group of very knowledgeable people. I wish some of you were in Portland, OR area.