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This convenience is especially important if you are buying a countertop ice dispenser for a self-serve drink station. Ice in the bin that doesn’t get used will melt and go down the drain. In the case of an operator-loaded unit, this will determine the storage capacity you need. Ice production ranges from 125 to 720 pounds per day . For some tips on how to figure out how much ice you’ll need, read our guide on sizing a commercial ice machine.The ice maker you choose should produce at least the total of that calculation, while the dispensing unit can have a storage capacity as little as half that.
It also plays a big role in healthcare, where it cools drinks without creating a choking hazard and is moldable to fill icepacks. Installing one means running refrigerant lines between it and the ice maker. The downside to them is they are more expensive to buy and install. Models that aren’t hooked up to a closed-loop water system dump this warm water down the drain, which raises your utility bill . This feature is especially useful in break rooms and other locations where a drink rail is not mounted nearby.If you want the flexibility to create your own drink selection or to add beverages from two different vendors, then buying your own drink rail is a great option. It is important to note that they don’t all have ice makers built in; some must be manually loaded or fitted with an ice maker that you buy separately. A self-contained machine is more expensive than a dispenser alone, but if your customer volume fluctuates, it may be more practical to refill the ice as you need it. If you choose a self-contained unit, 24-hour production capacity will be the most important thing to consider. In a busy restaurant that serves three meals a day, you may be serving a lot more than that. Finally, a good rule of thumb for sizing a hotel ice dispenser is to estimate 5 pounds of ice per room per day, then double that if you plan on allowing guests on road trips to fill ice chests. The full cube style is popular in liquor drinks and fine dining restaurants due to its sophisticated look and slow-melting properties. Of the two, air cooled is most popular because these units don’t drive utility bills up like a water-cooled one can and typically have a lower initial cost. Water-cooled machines can produce more ice using less electricity . A closed loop system is filled with water once, then it continually cycles the water, chilling it in a cooling tower. With a hotel ice dispenser, because there are likely to be a large number of those units in a given facility, the ice maker head units used with them are more often water cooled.
It’s also more economically feasible and efficient because a single cooling tower can work with every unit in the building. Levers remain the most popular option, though touch-free sensors have become more affordable and more popular in recent years. Because cups don’t physically touch the machine, this kind also reduces the risk of cross contamination. A water dispenser allows users to grab a cup of water conveniently from the same unit as they get their ice. However, you may view this as an unnecessary expense if you are placing it near a drink rail that has water on it. Also known as a beverage dispenser, a drink rail allows you to dispense sodas or other beverages.
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