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Choosing Your Next Ice Machine

From serving an ice-cold beverage to keeping your food prep area cold, ice plays a vital role in keeping your business going. Therefore, it’s important to select the right ice machine. At All Temp, we offer Orlando ice machine services and would like to help you pick out the perfect ice machine for your business.

Two margaritas full of ice on a table.

Consider Your Usage Needs

The first step in picking out the right ice machine for your business is to consider how much ice your business needs. If you mainly need ice to serve drinks, think about how many drinks you will serve in a day. A trick is to base it off your busiest and hottest day. You could also estimate the daily usage and add 20 percent. This will help determine the size of the ice machine you need. If you are replacing an old machine, consider if your last machine kept up with demand.

Choose Your Ice cube Shape

The three most common ice cube shapes machines produce are cubelets, cubes, and flake ice. Cubelets are soft and won’t damage your teeth when chewed on. Cubes are most common since they melt slower and can reduce ice consumption. Flake ice is good for food presentation and seafood bars.

Oysters on a bed of ice

Other Things to Consider

Other things to think about when choosing an ice machine is providing the right drainage, having the right electrical setup, and choosing the right condenser. If you are choosing an air-cooled machine, you need to make sure that you have enough space for proper ventilation and airflow. Otherwise, the machine can overheat and significantly slow down ice production. Try not to box the machine in since it will increase the chances of hot air re-entering. Water-cooled machines use water instead of a fan to cool so the air temperature around the unit is less important. They are great for businesses with limited space or low ventilation.

Since it takes water to make ice, it’s important to have the right drainage. Modular or self-contained ice machines in bins or dispensers need a floor drain for excess water to run. Countertop ice machines and dispensers run excess water into the same drain used by a nearby sink. Most machines need air gaps to make sure water doesn’t run up the drainage tube and back into your ice machines. 

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right ice machine for your business. At All Temp, we offer Orlando ice machine services and can offer further assistance for all your refrigeration needs. You can give us a call at 407-857-7800.

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