Air-Cooled vs Water-Cooled Ice Cream Machine | Soft Serve Parts

Having trouble deciding between the two types of ice cream makers? Heat is the issue here. The refrigeration process freezes the soft serve or removes heat from it. The machine has to do something with that heat. Air-cooled ice cream machines exhaust warm to hot air, while water-cooled ice cream machines pour it down the drain. Most of the ice cream machines we deal with utilize one if not two 9,500 BTU compressors. This means there is a lot of heat to deal with. In locations where space is limited or your air conditioner is already taxed during the summer months, water-cooled equipment is probably the best choice. If your location has an open floor plan and has plenty of cooling, an air-cooled ice cream machine should work just fine. If you are thinking of purchasing multiple units, you should consider water-cooled since more machines also means more heat. If you are still not sure whether you need an air or water-cooled ice cream machine, give us a call and we will help you.