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How to Clean a Perlick H50 Ice Maker

Commercial ice machines require quite a bit of cleaning and maintenance in order to keep making safe-to-consume ice and keep the unit running efficiently. If you’re not sure what all needs to be done, consider this your ice maker maintenance checklist. Parts Town is here to help you go over what areas need the extra TLC. By the end, you’re sure to be a pro on how to clean a Perlick H50 ice maker in its entirety. 

Supplies

How to Clean a Perlick H50 Ice Maker

Regular cleaning of the unit is required to keep the exterior looking nice and the interior safe for making and storing ice. 

  • Step 1. Turn the unit off - Move the control switch to the OFF position to power down the unit.
    • Note. Don’t unplug the unit.
  • Step 2. Disconnect the suction tube - Remove the suction tube located inside the storage bin and allow the water tank to drain.
  • Step 3. Connect the suction tube - Once draining is completed, reconnect the suction tube.
  • Step 4. Add cleaner to the water tank - Pour a diluted mix of 4 fl oz of liquid ice machine cleaner and 1 gallon of warm water into the water tank.
    • Note. Consult the user manual for recommended ice machine cleaners.
  • Step 5. Switch to WASH - Move the control switch to the WASH position and let it run for 30 minutes.
  • Step 6. Turn the unit off - Move the control switch back to the OFF position.
  • Step 7. Disconnect the suction tube - Remove the suction tube located inside the storage bin and allow the water tank to drain.
  • Step 8. Connect the suction tube - Once draining is completed, reconnect the suction tube.
  • Step 9. Switch to ICE - Move the control switch to the ICE position and allow it to run for 2 minutes.
  • Step 10. Switch to WASH - Move the control switch to the WASH position and let it run for 5 minutes.
  • Step 11. Turn the unit off - Move the control switch back to the OFF position.
  • Step 12. Disconnect the suction tube - Remove the suction tube that’s located inside the storage bin and allow the water tank to drain.
  • Step 13. Connect the suction tube - Once draining is completed, reconnect the suction tube.
    • Note. Repeat steps 9-13 as many times as needed to fully rinse out the unit.
  • Step 14. Clean the exterior - Use a soft cloth and stainless steel cleaner to clean the exterior.

How to Clean the Storage Bin Drain of a Perlick H50 Ice Maker

The ice maker’s storage bin drain requires additional cleaning to keep the unit safe for ice storage and ensure it can properly drain.

  • Step 1. Turn off the unit - Move the control switch OFF and empty the storage bin of any remaining ice.
  • Step 2. Add sanitizing solution - Pour in a sanitizing solution of 1.25 fl oz chlorine bleach and 2.5 gallons of warm water into the storage bin and allow it to drain.
  • Step 3. Clean the storage bin - Once the bin has fully drained, clean and rinse it out with neutral cleaner, a soft cloth and water. 
  • Step 4. Switch to ICE - Move the control switch to the ICE position.

How to Sanitize a Perlick H50 Ice Maker

Besides cleaning, ice machines also need to be sanitized to ensure ice is safe for consumption. 

  • Step 1. Turn off the unit - Move the control switch OFF and empty the storage bin of any remaining ice.
  • Step 2. Remove components - Remove the slope from the storage bin and all separators.
  • Step 3. Disconnect the suction tube - Remove the suction tube located inside the storage bin and allow the water tank to drain.
  • Step 4. Remove the tank - Remove both the ice chute and water tank from the unit.
  • Step 5. Remove the discharge tube - Disconnect the discharge tube from the spray assembly.
  • Step 6. Remove the spray assembly - Remove the spray assembly and its 2 caps.
  • Step 7. Soak components - Soak all of the removed components in a bucket and a sanitizing solution of 0.5 fl oz of chlorine bleach and a gallon of warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Step 8. Rinse components - Use water to rinse off all the components to ensure no sanitizer remains.
  • Step 9. Reassemble the spray assembly - Put the caps back on the spray assembly and reinstall it.
  • Step 10. Reinstall components - Reinstall the discharge tube, ice chute, water tank, suction tube, slope and separators. 
  • Step 11. Add sanitizing solution - Pour a clean batch of sanitizing solution into the water tank.
  • Step 12. Switch to WASH - Move the control switch to WASH and allow the unit to run for 15 minutes. 
  • Step 13. Switch to OFF - Move the control switch back to OFF.
  • Step 14. Disconnect the suction tube - Remove the suction tube located inside the storage bin and allow the water tank to drain.
  • Step 15. Connect the suction tube - Once draining is completed, reconnect the suction tube.
    • Note. Repeat steps 11-15 one more time.
  • Step 16. Switch to ICE - Move the control switch to ICE and allow it to run for 2 minutes.
  • Step 17. Switch to WASH - Move the control switch to WASH and allow it to run for 5 minutes.
  • Step 18. Switch to OFF - Move the control switch back to OFF.
  • Step 19. Disconnect the suction tube - Remove the suction tube located inside the storage bin and allow the water tank to drain.
  • Step 20. Connect the suction tube - Once draining is completed, reconnect the suction tube
    • Note. Repeat steps 16-20 twice.

How to Clean the Condenser of a Perlick H50 Ice Maker

In order to keep the unit running efficiently, the condenser coil needs to be cleaned. 

  • Step 1. Power down the unit - Turn the control switch to off and unplug the unit.
  • Step 2. Remove panels - Use a screwdriver to remove the front panel and louver.
  • Step 3. Clean the condenser - Use a bristle brush to clean up any dust and debris on the condenser. 
  • Step 4. Reinstall panels - Reinstall the louver and front panel.
  • Step 5. Power on the unit - Plug in the power cord and move the control switch to ICE.

Need some more guides for ice machines? Check out our large selection of Perlick manuals and diagrams for tips specific to your model.

Please contact a local authorized service agent who can help with these specific units and all your commercial kitchen equipment needs.