A heat exchanger is a simple device designed to transfer heat from one spot to another. The most common type uses fluids like oil or water, but there are some that use air. The most well-known type of heat exchanger is a car radiator.
The way you can use a heat exchanger with your ice machine is pretty simple. The only thing you need to do is hook it up to the unit and let it pre-chill the water before it gets into the system. It will not only speed up the production process but will also let you reuse the chilled drain water again. By using pre-chilled water, the condenser will work with less capacity and intensity meaning it will last longer. Even though these machines are built to last, cutting time and prolonging the life span is always a beneficial thing.
The thing that people love the most about heat exchangers is the fact that they can be installed on any unit, regardless of the brand. Therefore, it’s a universal and incredibly helpful add-on.
Automatic Cleaning System (AuCS)
The AuCS is not a mandatory thing to have, but it helps a lot. It works on a pretty simple principle, and it purifies the tap water before it gets into the system. However, many newer models already come with an integrated auto cleaning system, and you probably don’t need it if you bought the machine a year or two ago. On the other hand, there are plenty of older models that don’t have any self-cleaning mechanisms which makes the AuCS a perfect add-on for those types. The only disadvantage of this system is the fact that it only works with Manitowoc units.
A good filter is the most crucial part of every ice maker. If you don’t have a top quality filter, it doesn’t matter how good the machine is. A vast majority of models come with a built-in filter, but it’s often not enough, especially if you get tap water with an increased level of chemicals like chlorine.
The only thing you should be worried about is your budget because these things can have a hefty price. In fact, cheap filters are as good as none, so try avoiding those. If you decide to purchase a decent filter, make sure it’s compatible with your unit and take a look at the specifications. The first thing you should look for in the specs is the list of chemicals it is designed to eliminate. One of them must be chlorine, but you should look for the ones that also remove minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Various tools and safety equipment
Although these may not be considered as mechanical add-ons, they are equally important. The first tool you should think about is a scoop. Even though it’s a matter of common sense to use a scoop, many people use their hands. As you might assume, as soon as you touch the ice with your hands, it becomes contaminated. To avoid contamination, buy a plastic scoop and clean it on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be sterile, but be sure to make it as clean as possible.
The other thing is the gloves. It’s usually pretty annoying to constantly take the gloves on and off, but it will save your health and well-being. It’s up to you to find the most comfortable material, the one we recommend is latex. In simpler words, buy a pack of surgical gloves and keep it on the kitchen counter. You’ll get used to them in no time.