The Basics of Vending Machine Maintenance

Vending machines are large, valuable appliances. Just like any other appliance, they need a certain level of care and maintenance to remain functional. How often does a vending machine need maintenance?

Read on to learn the basics you need to know to keep your vending machine equipment running smoothly.

Refrigeration deck

As you’re learning how to clean a vending machine, start with the refrigeration components. The condenser (or air-intake coils) should be cleaned every two to four months. For most machines, the condenser is located on the very bottom and is accessed from the front, but they’re also commonly found on the backs of machines.

Remove the protective metal plate, and use a brush to remove any accumulation of lint and debris. Use compressed air to clean and remove all fine dirt and dust particles from the condenser. Following cleaning, remount the protective plate to the machine.

Bill validator

You should clean the bill validator every 30 to 60 days, depending on use. Disconnect power to the machine prior to cleaning; then remove the cash tray at the rear of the unit. Use a clean, dry cloth to remove dirt and debris and then do the same for the sensor tray. If you’re dealing with extreme dirt and grime, dip the cloth in soapy water, and scrub lightly, but make sure the tray is completely dry before putting it back into place.

Coin units

For optimal operation, keep coin unit tubes two-thirds full. Taking your time to clean the coin units every 30 to 60 days is one of the most important considerations when it comes to learning how to clean a vending machine. Again, disconnect power before cleaning, and clean the coin inlet with a clean, dry cloth. As you clean, look for missing or broken components, and replace them when necessary.

Vending mechanism

You should be checking the function of the vending mechanism every time you load new products or—at the very least—every 60 to 90 days. Put the machine in serve mode, and conduct a motor test to make sure the products vend with no issues.

This step is particularly important if your machines vend drinks. Drinks typically have vending problems due to bottle or can size as well as their overall weight. When you’re performing a vending test, vend at least three bottles or cans to make sure there are no issues.

If you’re noticing problems, there are several components to inspect. Check delivery mechanisms for binding, proper product loading and sold-out sensors. The problem could also come down to a motor failure. In these situations, it’s always best to get the professional opinion of an expert vending machine technician to diagnose and troubleshoot the issue.

While a typical vending machine doesn’t need maintenance often, it helps to have technicians you can trust on your side in case of a breakdown. Contact ABC Vending Co. today. We’re on call for you 24 hours a day, handling all maintenance and product requests in a timely manner.

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