Your Ultimate Guide to Commercial Ice Machines for Schools and Universities
Educational institutions like schools and universities use commercial ice machines in cafeterias and on-campus eateries. Students want cold beverages at lunch and, on university campuses, throughout the rest of the day too. A top-rated commercial ice machine is the best way to provide hundreds of pounds of ice for students during the busy lunch hour. Our guide will help you choose the best ice maker for your school or university.
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Types of Commercial Ice Maker Machines for Schools and Universities
There are many different models of ice machines, both large and small. Some are designed for serving staff. Others are specifically for self-service. Here are some of the most popular models of ice machines for schools and universities:
Modular Ice Machines
Modular ice makers are the most popular type of commercial ice machine because they offer the most flexibility for users. These machines only produce ice. They can be installed on any compatible ice bin of your choosing. These machines come in a large range of sizes, from 500 – 1800 lbs. of ice a day.
Stackable Ice Machines
These are a style of modular ice machine that allows you to install multiple units on top of a single ice bin. Stack 2-3 units on top of one another to either double or triple your total ice production. These machines also range from 500 –1800 lbs per machine.
Undercounter Ice Machines
This style of ice machine is designed to fit under a countertop or bar top. While designed for bars, they have become very popular in coffee shops where baristas need quick access to serve long lines of customers quickly. Perfect for university cafes!
Ice dispensers drop ice directly into drinkware or ice buckets at the touch of a button or lever. Some dispensers, like hotel dispensers, are standup units. Others are designed to be installed on top of a counter. These are best for self-serve stations.
Countertop Ice Makers
Thee ice machines can safely sit on top of a counter or bar top. They are designed for self-serve areas but are also a great option for faculty break rooms. Countertop ice machines ice directly into drinkware by pressing a button or lever. Some are even hands-free.
Types of Ice Cubes
There are many ice cube shapes on the market, but they are not designed just for looks. Ice cubes are designed to be functional as well. Here are some of the most popular cubes for schools and universities:
Condenser Types for Commercial Kitchen Ice Machines
Your ice machine's condenser is responsible for cooling down refrigerant that is used to produce a batch of ice. There are three common types of cooling systems you'll find on ice machines:
Installation Requirements for Commercial Ice Machines on School Campuses
Cleaning and Sanitation for Your School's Ice Maker
Ice machines need regular cleaning to reduce mold, slime, and pathogens that can make people sick. Professional cleanings can also rid your machine of harmful scale that forms over time.
You should schedule a qualified ice machine technician to come out to clean your machine every six months. This will reduce dirt, mold, and germs that may have entered your ice machine. In addition, your staff should perform daily cleaning on the machine's exterior.
Mold and Slime
Mold and slime grow in damp, dark environments and feed off of organic material in the air. Your ice machine can provide the perfect home for mold and slime if your employees don't keep up with regular cleaning. Check your machine for growths daily and clean as needed.
Ice Bin Cleaning
Your ice bin is where you store your ice, so you want to make sure it's free of germs and mold. Employees should always use an ice scoop to grab ice. If a health inspector notices considerable mold and slime, they will write a damaging violation.
The Best Way to Get a High-Quality Commercial Ice Machine for Your School or University
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The Easy Ice team is dedicated to providing your students and faculty with plenty of ice to get them through long days of classes. With our commercial ice machine subscription, you'll never have to worry about your school's ice supply.