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Your Commercial Ice Machine Not Working Like It Used To?

The strong July summer heat is hitting hard and customers are looking for cool refreshing drinks to cool off. Your ice machine is starting to not perform like it used to, on top of your customers may ask if you can sell them ice to load up their coolers with. It may be time to consider an upgrade to ensure you can keep up with business demands.

Many owners come in and state,”When I bought the unit six years ago it worked fine. So I added thirty seats to my dining area and added two fryers and a six burner range to my cooking line and my ice machine doesn’t make half the ice it used too. What am I to do?”

One thing you can do is to move the ice machine, but that can be costly. Consider looking at the energy efficiency of the machine may help as well. Like many types of commercial cooking equipment Ice machines, dish machines, refrigerators and deep fryers are all energy star rated. An air cooled machine rated at around 700 pounds production in a twenty four hour period can use as much as 150 gallons of water to make that amount of ice! That’s a new unit energy star rated! Imagine what it could be if it is an older unit not as efficient or it is a water cooled unit? This figure doesn’t even take into account the electrical energy use.

After hearing all this maybe it is time to consider an upgrade on your ice machine. At Burkett Restaurant and Supply, we have a variety of different types of ice machines to fit any customers desire. Consider things such as energy efficient, capacity, types of ice, storage, air cool or water Cooled when selecting an ice machine. An annual report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA is given to us every year with a list of products that meet the standards of energy efficiency. So you want to make more money? Lets look at energy saving equipment that is more efficient as well as some utility companies offer rebate money direct to you for replacing your old equipment . Please check with your local utility to see if and what is qualified.

For more information on ice machines, regulations and other factors visit us at burkett.com or reach out to one of our trusted sales reps for help.

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