"Do I need a water filter?" is one of the most commonly asked questions we hear when talking to potential ice machine buyers and existing owners. Although an ice machine will produce ice without a water filter, and filters come at a price, we believe the benefits greatly outweigh the cost. Water filtration is an easy step you can take to:
1. Improve ice quality
2. Save money by avoiding costly repairs
3. Increase the overall longevity and production rate of your ice maker
The quality of your ice will be significantly improved with the use of a water filter. A water filter works to remove sediments such as dirt, rust, and other debris that exist in your water. Typically, these contaminants cannot be seen by the naked eye. However, they do exist and negatively affect the quality of ice that is produced. Removing these sediments from the water will diminish any unwanted tastes and odors from the ice, making your beverage much more enjoyable.
A water filter will also decrease the wear and tear on your ice machine, thus reducing repair costs. When unfiltered water is used, lime scale, slime, and mold tend to build up in your ice maker. Not only does this build up leave your ice machine in a very unsanitary state, it is the leading cause of machine failure. Lime scale, slime, and mold buildup decreases production, energy efficiency, and in extreme cases, can cause the compressor to fail.
So, while an ice machine will in fact produce ice without a water filter, we would not recommend it. As you can see, poor ice quality, reduced ice production, and costly repairs can typically be avoided by simply using a water filtration system.
For optimal results, remember to replace your water filtration system every 6 months.
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