If you're planning an end-of-summer party, don't forget to buy a snow cone machine. Snow cone machines are a great way to brighten any backyard party. They're easy to use, and they can be set up in your yard. You'll just need a few supplies, including ice, flavor syrups, and snow cone cups. If you're going to buy a snow cone machine, you do need to know how to troubleshoot some operational problems, especially if your machine will be getting a lot of use. Here are four problems to watch for when using a snow cone machine.
Machine Won't Run
If your snow cone machine stops running during the party, don't panic. It could be something as simple as an open compartment door. Most snow cone machines have a built-in safety mechanism that stops the blade from operating when the door isn't closed all the way. Open the door and check to make sure nothing's in the way of the latch. Then shut the door firmly and turn the machine back on. The motor should start running again.
Blade Has Come Loose
If you hear a grinding noise, followed by the sight of the blade swirling around inside the ice, turn the snow cone machine off right away. When you have the power turned off, unplug the cord from the outlet. After the power is off to the machine, open the ice compartment and retrieve the blade. You'll need to remove the ice before you can replace the blade. Be sure the blade is firmly engaged before turning the snow cone machine on again. Also, watch your fingers when replacing the blade. The edges are very sharp.
Ice Is the Wrong Consistency
If you notice a problem with ice consistency, you could be looking at one or two issues. If the ice seems to be melting, the motor might be overheating. If that's the case, simply unplug the machine and let it cool down for a bit. If the ice is coming out in large chunks, replace the blade. Large chunks can be caused by a dull blade.
Snow Cone Machine Is Smoking
Finally, if your snow cone machine starts to emit smoke while you're using it, the motor may be about to malfunction. Problems with the motor can cause your snow cone machine to smoke. If it's a minor issue, such as overheating, you can turn the machine off for about an hour. If giving the snow cone machine a break doesn't eliminate the smoke, it's time for repairs. The snow cone machine may need a new motor.