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  • July 8th 2024

    When it comes to shopping for a commercial Ice Machine, the compressor of the unit is the key component you will want to keep in mind. The compressor of an ice maker is what allows the unit to remain cool, when choosing a Commercial Ice Machine, typically you will have the choice between air-cooled and water-cooled. Choosing between the two all depends on your restaurants specific needs. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons between the two types of Ice Makers.

    Air-Cooled Ice Machines

    Air-cooled ice machines use air by drawing it up and over the condenser, which then expels from the unit with the use of fans and ducts. This draws heat off of the refrigeration lines, allowing the unit to cool. Here are a few pros and cons to keep in mind when purchasing an Air-Cooled Ice Maker.

    Pros of Air-Cooled

    • Air-Cooled Ice Machines are quick and easy to install, as they only require fans and vents opposed to water lines.

    • Since the installation does not require much work, this is a much cheaper alternative than water and remote-cooled units.

    • By not using water as a method for cooling ice, this saves you money on monthly water bills.

    Cons of Air-Cooled

    • Because the unit will need to expel air, you will have to make sure you have enough space above, around and behind the unit.

    • Since the unit cools down with fans and vents, these can build up with dust overtime. It is important to make sure you clean them frequently to avoid dirt and grime from building up.

    • The exhaust air can make your kitchen a bit warmer since the air is expelled into near surroundings.

    Water-Cooled Ice Machines

    Water-cooled units use water as well as a compressor to draw heat out of the lines. One line goes into the icemaker itself and the other line runs alongside the refrigerant. Here are a few pros and cons to look for when purchasing a water-cooled unit.

    Pros of Water-Cooled

    • Because these units do not use air in order to cool the system, it is not dependent on the ambient air temperature, so it doesn’t heat up your kitchen with hot air, which makes them perfect for operations that are in hot and humid climates.

    • Water-cooled ice machines require less electricity than air-cooled.

    • Since these units do not operate with fans, they tend to be the quieter option between the two.

    Cons of Water-Cooled

    • On the downside, since these ice makers are powered by water, they are not ideal for climates that deal with water shortages.

    • With water-cooled icemakers, installation is a bit trickier. Water-cooled units require a separate water line for installation.

    • Some cities have restrictions on water-cooled ice machines, so it is important to look into this before purchasing a new unit.

    As you can see from above, both are great options to choose from overall. There are many things to keep in mind when choosing between the two that can help steer you in the right direction. We offer a wide selection of great ice making equipment, from Manitowoc to Hoshizaki. If you have any questions regarding the purchase of new foodservice equipment, we are here to help!