Condensers provide the refrigeration for commercial ice makers. Also known as compressors, a condenser removes heat from the ice machine to allow for continuous cooling. They are vital to maximizing ice production. There are 3 different compressors used with a commercial ice machine: air-cooled, water-cooled and remote-cooled.
Most ice machines can be paired with more than one type of compressor, so you will need to decide which compressor works best with your unit and fits within your budget. Most businesses will choose an air-cooled condenser. They are all-purpose and practical units.
An air-cooled condenser keeps things cool with the use of fans that blow cool air across the refrigerant coils. An under counter ice machine will need a condenser that draws air in and pushes air out underneath the unit. Other ice machines will attach the compressor to the side to achieve the same process.
Advantages of an Air-Cooled Compressor
Disadvantages of an Air-Cooled Compressor:
No matter what type of condenser you choose, there are going to be pros and cons. Once you’ve educated yourself on the benefits and drawbacks of each type of unit, then you can make a choice based on the needs of your business.
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