Last week we talked about how much ice you need and whether you should purchase an undercounter or modular unit. In this week’s segment, we’re going to discuss the three different types of condensing units available for ice makers and which one would work best for your place of business. At first, types of condensing units can seem irrelevant when you’re looking at ice machines. But it’s yet another important step to finding the right one for your business..
By far the most common type of condensing unit available is an air-cooled unit. As the name suggests, it uses air to cool the ice machine, which means that generally less energy is consumed. However, in order for an air-cooled condenser to be effective, the temperature in the restaurant has to be below 75 degrees. If the temperature is above 75 degrees, ice production greatly decreases. Also, air-cooled condensers expel warm air, causing the room temperature to increase. This forces the air conditioner to work harder to keep an optimal temperature, resulting in an increase in your electric bill.