The hot summer increases the sales of various refreshing cocktails, the demand for which is actively growing in cafes and other food establishments. An important part of making a delicious, refreshing summer cocktail is ice. To avoid unpleasant situations during the season, it is worth paying attention to the main parameters of the ice block machine when choosing and buying. This will allow you to correctly choose this equipment following your needs and preferences, fully prepare the ice generator for operation for the entire season, and even save significant money. It is important to understand that a modern ice maker is a high-tech device for the production of edible ice for preparing cold drinks and serving meat, fish, and seafood. For the production of edible ice, use purified or mineral water.
Types of ice makers
One of the key parameters when choosing an ice maker is the type of water supply. BFtech offers models with autonomous connections to the water supply source and models in which water must be supplied manually. The second type of ice generator is much cheaper than similar models of ice generators with autonomous connections to the water supply source. The second type of ice generator can be installed in commercial premises, in small bars and cafes, where a small amount of ice is needed. These ice makers do not require a constant connection to a water source and can produce more than 20 kilograms of ice per day. Ice makers are also characterized by cooling systems. The cooling system can be air or water.
Ice generators for bars and cafes
The ice maker can be integrated into the bar counter. Such models should have ventilation holes in the front. In bars, it is advisable to use models of ice generators with water cooling. When choosing an ice maker for your bar, pay attention to the type of ice it produces. Usually, it is ice in the form of cubes or pyramids. The first version of the ice mold has very thin ice walls, so it is ideal for smoothies and cocktails, but you need to crush the ice first or use a blender. Important moment! Not all blenders are capable of crushing ice. Different manufacturers have their blade designs for this. Using a blender that is not suitable for crushing ice can damage the blade. Ice cubes take longer to melt, so they are easier to use for a variety of drinks that require ice to cool the drink. These are usually alcoholic drinks or cocktails. Stores actively use different models of ice machines for different key reasons. For example, portable ice makers are popular and very economical because they don’t consume a lot of electricity and don’t take up a lot of space. In addition to keeping the products cold, they are placed in ice, which is made using a portable ice maker.
Use of ice machines in stores
Stores actively use ice generators and their key features for the effective cooling of various products. The ice should be laid out on the showcase in an even layer. For this, all the ice must be of the same thickness, shape, and size.
The integrated unit is located directly inside the ice maker. Moreover, to ensure free air circulation, such an ice generator can be installed at a distance of 60-70 centimeters from the wall. It should also be taken into account that the resulting heat creates pressure on the air conditioning system in the room. The outdoor unit (compressor and condenser) is usually installed outside, but the ice maker itself has only an evaporator. Using an outdoor unit requires additional installation costs, but the biggest advantage is that it removes all the heat from the room.
For proper operation of the ice maker, all conditions must be carefully observed. High water quality, applies to all ice makers. It is worth installing a filter or a water softener. Ice generators must be protected against electric current surges. For safety reasons, it is recommended to install a maximum current switch in the network. The ice maker should be serviced regularly. Dirt and debris should be removed daily. The ice generator must be checked regularly at a special service center. This includes cleaning the condenser, and the filter, checking the filling of the refrigerant, checking the operating modes, and sterilizing the parts of the ice maker. Disinfection must be carried out at least once a year or when the device is not used for a long time.
Do I need a water filter in the ice maker?
Most problems with ice production are related to water quality. Water contains chemicals, dissolved minerals, and other harmful impurities that can accumulate and damage equipment. In addition, these substances can affect the operation of the ice maker and change the taste and aroma of ice. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your device will help remove dirt.
Key benefits of water filtration include: Buying a water filter may seem like a waste of time, but there are many important reasons why you need one for your ice maker. The water filter removes impurities that affect the taste of ice. Chlorine and minerals dissolved in water can affect the smell and taste of ice. Water filtration systems purify water by removing harmful impurities. A water filter will ensure the ice maker works at full capacity. Minerals and contaminants can build up during ice production, which can affect the performance of the ice maker. A water filter will help avoid this problem.
Water filters reduce maintenance and repair costs for ice makers. Mineral deposits can cause ice maker malfunction and premature compressor failure. Minerals can also damage equipment seals and shock absorbers, which can lead to downtime and costly repairs. Water filtration is very important for obtaining clear ice. There are no current regulations or hygiene standards that require the installation of water filters in ice makers. However, if the unit is damaged due to poor water quality, the ice maker warranty is void.