How to Choose an Ice Machine

hvacAn ice machine can be the best thing you do for your business. It is an absolute necessity for restaurants and bars, and can make a food truck much more enticing for people. There are many ice machines to choose from, however, so how do you know which one is the right option for you? We have some tips you can keep in mind when choosing among all of the ice machine options.
  • Storage: Where will the ice machine be located? This can affect the kind you will need. There are undercounter ice machines that can, as their name implies, be placed under the counter. This is the best option for a cafe, a small bar, or any other limited space. These machines fit under high counters and can create up to 350 lbs of ice per day. The counter-top ice machine is made to sit on a counter. It is the right choice for businesses that do not require much ice, since they cannot create as much as other ice machine options.
  • Ice Types: Depending on the kind of ice you want, there will be different machine options to choose from. Some machines can only make cubed ice, which melts slower and which is the most popular option, while others can create nugget ice, flake ice, and more options. Take the time to see which option is the one that your customers want.
  • Compressor Types: Another thing to keep in mind is the kind of compressor that you want your machine to have. Air cooled compressors are the most cost-effective option since you do not have to add any water, but they do take up more room. A water cooled compressor can be a good option if the machine is installed in a place where temperatures are high or if the area has a high level of grease or other contaminants. Remote cooled compressors are always installed outside, usually on the roof. They are much quieter than the other options, but they can be more expensive so it is important to consider this when choosing compressor type. They also require more maintenance than other options.
  • Amount of Ice: Depending on the amount of ice you need for your business, you may want to purchase a larger or smaller ice machine. Be sure to keep in mind that the business will grow with time. Although a small machine might seem like the best choice now, will it be so in the long run?
Choosing an ice machine for your business can be simple if you know how much ice you need, what kind of space you have available for the machine, and the amount of money you want to spend. It is always a good idea to have a budget in mind, so research on how much these machines can cost. Be sure to also have an HVAC repair person you can call in case of emergencies, since you want any issues resolved as quickly as possible. A company like DNI Heating can offer the services you need.