There’s no question that you need a commercial ice maker in your large kitchen establishment, and you won’t get far without a high quality, cutting edge one to meet your specific demands. No matter what type of operation you run — whether it’s a restaurant, bar, diner, cafeteria, concession stand, or anywhere else that serves food and beverage — commercial ice makers help ensure that you constantly have fresh ice on-demand for serving, storing, and preserving food and beverages.
One of the most important components to consider when it comes to shopping for a commercial ice maker is the type of condenser it uses to function: air cooled, water cooled, or remote cooled.
Air cooled ice machines are the most popular because they are ultimately the most cost effective and energy efficient, since they don’t require anything except air circulation to function. However, they are also a bit more limited in terms of installation space because they must accommodate for the air intake module and discharge areas.
Air cooled ice makers use fans and vents in the cabinet of the ice maker to draw in the outside air that’s circulating around the condenser. The fans circulate the air from the atmosphere around the condenser coils (that are warm due to the refrigerant being compressed) and the fans help to draw out the warm air and use the colder ambient air to cool the condenser coils. That means that cooler surrounding temperatures (below 70°F) and good quality air circulation (at least 6” of clearance around their air intake and discharge areas) are both needed for air cooled ice makers to function properly. That also means that these ice makers are especially ideal if you plan on putting one inside an air conditioned environment!
At CommercialIceMakers.com you will find air cooled ice machines that produce every type of ice, including full- or half-cube ice, nugget ice, or flake ice. You can also select a unit with a production output that best fits your unique business volume, with models producing anywhere from 50 pounds of ice per day, all the way up to over 2,000 pounds per day. We offer air cooled ice makers from the top names in the industry, including brands like Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, and Scotsman.
Commercial Ice Makers is proud to offer our customers a wide variety of air cooled ice machines, and we are always available to help you decide which style is best suited to your specific needs. All of our units are sure to deliver you fresh and clean ice, in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the model you choose. If you need any help choosing the right commercial air cooled ice maker, please contact us for professional assistance from certified food service equipment consultants.