Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:56am

Cooler is Better!

1) The colder the water, the easier it is to make ice. There is less heat to remove.

2) The cooler the surrounding air, the easier it is to reject heat to it.

3) So ice makers work best with cool water in a cool place. Simple.

The heat travels from the water to the ice machine refrigerant to the air. The removal of heat from the water causes the ice to form.

An ice maker is more efficient with cooler air and water so it makes more ice. It is less efficient with hotter air and water so it makes less ice. The machines are rated based on perfect conditions that do not exist in restaurants. If you choose a machine based on how much ice it can make on the hottest day you will have one that will always be able to get the job done.

If you already have one that is too small you have several options. You can replace it or add a second machine. You can buy ice as needed. The simplest and most economical solution is to maximize the production of the machine you have.

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