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How To Winterize Your Frozen Dessert Equipment

Posted by Robert Romarino

Sep 26, 2018 12:50:58 PM

The autumn season is upon and that means the busy ice cream and frozen dessert season is dwindling down and coming to a close.  We hope it was a great and profitable summer. Before you grab your fishing pole, surfboard or sneak off to vacation there's one more thing you need to do. Winterize your equipment. Just one phone call is all it will take before you kick back and enjoy some well-earned R&R.

If you've never winterized your equipment in the past then consider yourself lucky that you avoided major repairs, restart issues and added expenses. Even if you're not sure what winterization entails or what it does for your frozen dessert equipment, you really don't need to. You just need to know that freezing water has the potential to destroy even the most hardiest of elements in any condition, even a sturdy, american made Electro Freeze machine. Lucky for you, you don't need to worry about all that if you pick up the phone and call the professionals at Sentry Equipment. We'll tell you this right can save yourself thousands upon thousands of dollars in expensive repairs and cost by contacting us for a winterization procedure. We know the Electro Freeze brand and the proper steps for winterizing all of the equipment.  We will professionally winterize your equipment and guarantee the job - should there be any issues caused by the winterization process upon startup the next spring, Sentry will cover any and all repairs!


I know, I know...your building has heat and you don’t let it go below a certain temperature right? Not so fast. Even if you’re store is heated throughout the winter, and you keep the thermostat at 72˚F, you still need to winterize. Why? Because we've been called countless instances where the building lost heat or stopped working, unbeknownst to the owner - freezing everything in the building. By the time they realize it, it’s too late! Everything was ruined. Is it really worth it to take a chance such as this.For those of you who would like to know what this whole winterization thing is, and why it’s necessary, we'll continue. Winterizing your equipment is the process of removing all water in the condensing lines of your Electro Freeze machines. Why do you need to do this? Well, as mentioned, freezing water can destroy most anything. If there is any water left in your equipment as the temperatures get close to freezing, the internal plumbing lines of the machine will crack, allowing water to enter the system which can destroy major (and expensive) components of the your equipment – condensers, compressors, electrical components, etc….  The simple act of removing all water from your systems now can save you a lot of money, headaches and time in the future! 

Winterize Your EquipmentFor a small winterization fee up front, you can easily avoid extremely expensive repairs to your equipment.  We’re talking about the possibility of thousands of dollars here!  At times, the damages can be so extensive and expensive, that the machines are beyond repair.  That is NOT the way anyone wants to start their pre-season.  It seems kind of silly when it can be avoided so easily.

So, are you ready to winterize?  Simply call or email us today to schedule your full winterization. At that time you can discuss the number of pieces you have, the cost and process, and setup a time for one of our trained Sentry professionals to come to your store location.  Grab your smartphone and call us 800.853.8026, or email us at  We here to help you, and look forward to it!




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