Is It Time to Replace Your Ice Machine? Here’s How to Choose the Right One for Your Business

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Is your ice machine on its last leg? It’s hard to imagine serving your customers without one. Before you purchase a new one, consider these tips on how to choose the right ice machine for your business.

Size Matters

Choosing the right size commercial refrigeration equipment is critical to your productivity and success, and that includes your ice machine. An ice maker that is too big will cost you in space and energy use, but one that is too small will leave you short while taking a beating trying to keep up with demand. Consider how much you use on your busiest day, the location of your ice machine, if heat is a factor, and what you use it for the most after considering drinks.

Cube Shape

Do you need cubelets that are soft and easy to chew? Or is flake ice what you need and use most? Maybe cubes or half cubes are what your business uses regularly? Then, when it’s time to replace your ice machine, be sure to carefully assess how you use the ice and what’s best for your customers and your business, and buy accordingly.

Condenser Type

The condenser might not be on your radar when considering a new ice machine, but it’s essential to choose the right one for the machine’s location. An air-cooled model is a great choice if your ice maker goes indoors and you have space to provide six inches around the air intake. If your machine is in an area that gets hot, a water-cooled condenser would be your best bet. For small restaurants and spaces that need a quieter option, remote-cooled units make the least amount of noise with a condenser located outside or in a separate room.

No matter what your ice-making needs are, we’ve got you covered. With commercial refrigeration and ice machine products and professional installation, we can help you find just what you need for your business. Contact Wilson’s Refrigeration and Air when it’s time to replace your unit.

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