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Leasing, Financing or Owning a Frozen Yogurt Machine is Easy and Profitable

icesurance-soft-serve-machines-strawThe sun is shining and the weather is warming up. You are in the mood for something refreshing but can’t decide what. Frozen Yogurt, commonly known as Fro-Yo would really hit the spot. Maybe just a little in a cup or some in a cone. Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Mango, the choices are endless. Whether you are going to grab a bite to eat in a restaurant, lay at the beach or attend a sporting event you will most likely see Frozen Yogurt as an option.

Why did Fro-Yo become so popular? Well, we at Icesurance think it’s because it is delicious. It can be mixed and matched to your own preference. And who doesn’t like to try a new topping every now and then.  At Icesurance we offer you the option to lease, own, or finance a Frozen Yogurt machine. You can decide how many handles you want and if you want the option to make a swirl. Who doesn’t want a swirl? That’s my question, a little bit of 2 flavors.

Frozen Yogurt satisfies everyone’s cravings. Kids love being able to create their own mini masterpieces and adults love to indulge with something sweet but not to over the top. Frozen Yogurt does not discriminate on the time of day either. It’s a great snack, dessert or treat for any time of day. Fro- Yo is also a great and easy way to generate business and income.

To find out which Frozen Yogurt machine works best for your business please contact us at Icesurance. One of our representative will be happy to assist you. Don’t forget the option for a frozen drink machine too. As the summer approaches restaurants love to offer different drink specials, such as Blood Orange Margaritas or Strawberry Daiquiris. Here at Icesurance we can help make your business truly complete. Contact us today at 800-999-5616.

Does Your Ice Machine Warranty Provide Enough Protection?

Many of the manufacturers of commercial ice machines offer excellent warranties.  As a matter of fact, the industry standard is three years on parts and labor, and five years on the compressor and evaporator.  While this coverage provides plenty of protection for the ice machine owner, it is not the be-all end-all instrument that many purchasers expect and assume that they have.  That’s because there are many situations that may cause a commercial ice machine to stop working properly, but are not covered by the warranty.  A manufacturer can only warrant what it has control over.  This can usually be described as a responsibility to repair or replace defective components or correct errors in manufacturing.

So, what’s not covered?

The truth is that a material percentage of the expense of servicing commercial ice machines is not warrantied, and that means the owner could very well be getting a bill for service, even though the warranty period has not expired.

I divide the non-covered service into two categories:

  1. Time & Travel
  2. Fault of Others

The Time & Travel heading would represent what is not covered by the factory in terms of travel time to a job, diagnostic time, overtime, weekend and holidays, and freight on replacement parts.  While this varies from brand to brand, any coverage of these expenses would be at a bare minimum if at all.  The fact is, that the owner of a machine that has an in-warranty compressor failure could incur a bill for hundreds of dollars based on shipping costs of the 75lb. compressor, travel time beyond the allowable (usually ½ hour is covered) overtime or holiday-weekend rates, and any hours of labor that exceed the manufacturer’s maximum allowable hours per component.

The Fault of Others category reflects any external issue that may cause an equipment malfunction of which the manufacturer has no control.  The most common culprits include interruption of utility supply, clogged drains, water filters, dirty condensers, scale or slime build-up, etc.  Any service required due to any of these issues is not covered by any of the commercial ice machine manufacturers, and the cost of remediating any of these common situations will be the financial responsibility of the equipment owner no matter how new the ice machine may be.

One way to avoid the headache of unforeseen service expenses is to lease your ice machine from Icesurance.  At Icesurance, our leasing customers receive the best service possible, and we back up that claim with guaranteed ice.

Position Your Ice Machine For Maximum Output

In consideration of the fact that the vast majority of commercial ice machines are of the self-contained air cooled variety, it is important to recognize that there are certain parameters that will affect the production and reliability of this equipment much more dramatically than water cooled or remote air versions.

The artificial creation of cold is, in the simplest terms, the process of eliminating heat.   With self-contained air cooled commercial ice machines, once the heat has been removed from the water to make ice, it is absorbed by the refrigerant gas.  The cooling of the hot gas is then achieved by blowing or sucking cooler air through the condenser, a component not unlike the radiator of a car that contains the tubing which circulates the gas through the ice machine.

The air movement is created by use of a pretty normal looking fan, and the pattern of air flow may vary depending on the make & model, but generally it is sucked in through one of  the four panels-front, back, right, left, and exhausted out one of the other panels.  And herein lies the gist of the matter.  Improper air temperature or circulation can and will cause drastic decreases in ice production.  This is a chronic occurrence when the equipment is installed in too tight a space, (see manufacturer’s recommendations) both restricting ventilation and increasing ambient temperature.

The key is providing several inches of open space between the intake and exhaust louvers of the machine, and keep in mind that closets and alcoves are some of the worst possible locations.  However, there are other determining factors besides proper ventilation.  A dirty condenser which inhibits or prevents air from flowing through will absolutely impact the ability of the ice machine to produce ice. This is especially noticeable in kitchens where there is a lot of grease build up or where flour is a major food component.

Also, excessive air temperatures will prevent air cooled ice machines from working properly as well, no matter how much ventilation there is or how clean the condenser is.  So, if you have a situation where the ice machine is in an area without air conditioning or even outdoors, in very high heat it just won’t make enough ice.

At Icesurance, we will help you select the right ice machine for your specific application.

Beware of Purchasing Commercial Ice Machines Online

When it comes to getting your next commercial ice machine, do you really, really want reliable post sale service?  Is quick and competent ice machine service an important factor in the purchasing decision? Of course, nearly everyone will respond affirmatively, after all, who wouldn’t want excellent support for a piece of equipment that is so integral to creating a positive customer experience, especially when one considers the overall temper-mentality of commercial ice machines as a food service equipment segment in general.

Yet the facts just do not support this conclusion.  An ever-increasing number of commercial ice machines are purchased through online websites, where the primary driver is price.  There is nearly no other reason that these sites can even exist, as the business model is based on search engine optimization, not product knowledge, not customer support.

These marketing companies own no service vans, employ no refrigeration mechanics, administer no warranty claims and stock no parts.  Oh, and if they did, it probably wouldn’t matter because they DON’T EVEN ANSWER THE PHONE.  Good luck even trying to find a phone number, which has now become the Where’s Waldo of websites.  That’s because it takes people, real carbon based life forms who earn salaries, to talk to customers.

At Icesurance, we answer the phone, and there are no shopping carts on our website.  That’s because when a customer is going to spend thousands of dollars on a commercial ice machine, we believe that he or she is entitled to knowledgeable assistance to review some options and help select a machine that makes the best sense for their specific application and budget.  And we also believe that the same customer is entitled to talk to somebody who is courteous and competent to orchestrate any required service if and when they have a problem with that machine down the road.

So, in conclusion, I’m not a believer in buying ice machines from an electronic collection of programming code that has no ability or desire to process the demand, the operating conditions, and the urgency of repair.  However, one product that is surely made for internet sales is books.  So if you decide to buy an ice machine that may or may not be the right fit, you might want to buy a refrigeration text book as well.  At least the book won’t break down next year.

Important Considerations When Purchasing Commercial Ice Machines

Commercial ice machines have a unique marketing benefit; their model numbers are often based on production capability that is achieved under ideal conditions that are pretty much non-existent in the field, at least in the summer months when the demand for ice is at its peak.

While nearly all manufacturers of commercial ice machines, unlike Volkswagen, publish true production numbers, the model number of the machine which automatically becomes the de facto industry nomenclature, (for example, “1800 pounder, etc.”) is the jargon in which the machines are traded.  In commercial ice machines that are mechanically sound, there are two main factors that govern the amount of ice produced and these factors are simply water temperature and air temperature.

All of the major commercial ice machine manufacturers show two sets of testing parameters.  The ideal conditions as mentioned above are 70F air temperature and 50F water temperature.  And the less than ideal test conditions are 90F air temperature and 70F water temperature.  You will be greatly surprised to see how much of a difference in ice production actually results from the difference in operating conditions.

For demonstration purposes, let’s take a look at the Scotsman C1848 ice maker, which is referred to as the aforementioned “1800 pounder”.  According to the latest information obtained today 10/13/15, from the Scotsman website, this model, in an air-cooled format, produces a very respectable 1909 lbs. of ice at the 70/50F ambient air/water temperatures in 24 hours.  However, the exact same machine records an incredible drop of 382 lbs. of ice production when the ambient temperatures are increased by only 20 degrees, to the 90/70F level.

So, basically, to get back to that original 1909 lbs. of production at 90/70F, you would have to get an additional machine, a “500 pounder” like the Scotsman C0530, which is rated to produce 380 lbs. of ice per day at 90/70F.  Once you acquire this extra “500 pounder”, you will only be 2 lbs. short of the “1800 pounder’s” 70/50F production.  And this does not even take into consideration that additional real world situations like a dirty condenser or partially clogged water filter will even further impact production in a negative way.

The point of this blog is not to ridicule the manufacturers of commercial ice makers, it is to illustrate the point that the best way to acquire ice making equipment is from a source that can understand and process all the factors that are involved and too often ignored by restaurant supply houses and restaurant operators as well.

Icesurance is a full service ice machine supplier with the experience and knowledge to help you with a very critical equipment decision, you know, so you won’t need to buy that extra 500 pounder.

Make Money and Save Money with Icesurance Financing Plan

Still thinking about that new ice maker, but the cash outlay is just too inconvenient right now?  Well, equipment financing may just possibly be an excellent vehicle for you to consider.  Now, I realize that some of you are philosophically resistant to the financing concept and are turned off by the very idea of it.

OK, we all know that if you write the check to buy a machine outright the amount you pay is mathematically, empirically, and scientifically less then it will add up to over a 36 month lease to own term.  There is no arguing that fact.  However, there are mitigating factors to ice machine financing that make this method much closer in financial terms and certainly, much more user friendly in general.

The cost of money aside, a nominal monthly payment as opposed to a several thousand dollar outlay will not cause tremors in your checking account.  Additionally, the tax advantages afforded by leasing in conjunction with tax code section 179 may easily make your ice machine finance agreement the most profitable decision you make this year.

It may seem unbelievable but the amount you may be able to deduct will probably exceed your cash outlay for the year.  Let’s back track for a moment:

You have a a 12 year old ice machine that has officially reached the level of clunker, it’s finicky and  unreliable, and you’re spending big dollars to service it and buy ice every weekend because the bin is empty.

Your managers are distracted from the full house, and are now actually leaving the premises to drive over to the 7Eleven to buy some more ice.

But you don’t have 7500 bucks in the budget to get a new ice machine and the idea of leasing still hasn’t warmed your heart because affordable monthly payments, a bin full of ice, and management focus on customers are not enough to win you over.

Well, add the tax benefits of section 179 and the scales may tip.

At Icesurance we offer all types of ice machine lease or finance plans to choose from.

Don’t forget that the same lease or finance programs apply to our excellent selection of soft serve, frozen yogurt, and margarita machines as well.  Just 3 servings a day at market pricing can pay the lease on a 2 flavor machine.  Can you sell 3 servings a day?

Now is the Time to Finance your Ice Machine, Frozen Yogurt Machine and Frozen Drink Machine for Summer Success

Yes, I realize it’s mid-February with several feet of snow glazing the Earth’s crust throughout so much of the country, but believe it or not, it’s time to think about that soft serve ice cream/ frozen yogurt machine that’s going to be a great addition to your business this summer.  Don’t wait until that heat wave hits, because it just might be too late to get exactly what you need in time to capture the season.  The entire genre of this equipment is so versatile offering the capability of producing top notch treats from ice cream cones to cakes to novelties like fruit based parfaits or signature ice cream sandwiches.  Like so many other endeavors, you are only limited by your imagination.  We offer a huge selection of SaniServ machines, there’s one that’s right for you whether your needs are for a high volume ice cream store, a country club or beach location, or a coffee café.

The same sentiment is true for frozen drink machines.  You can be serving goblets of ice cold frozen Margaritas and Pina Coladas when the temperature rises… and nothing adds more value to a cocktail than serving it in that ultimate refreshing form of slushy decadence.   These puppies not only give your customer a taste sensation thrill, but what better marketing is there than a tray of frozen margaritas dressed up with orange slices & a cherry are delivered to the bachelorette party at table 7?  Just add some zing and increase the ring.  We have a huge selection of machines to choose from, so every application has a solution.

OK, the truth is that this equipment is not cheap, and that’s one of the benefits of dealing with Icesurance.  You don’t have to lay out thousands of dollars to get started, as we offer some terrific acquisition programs to choose from.  At Icesurance we offer programs to finance ice cream machines and to finance frozen drink machines.  This is also called a lease to own.  These payment plans offer you the ability to choose the length of the term from anywhere from 12 to 60 months and earn equity with every payment, all while working within your own cash flow budget.  And at the end of the term, it’s yours.

To find out if yogurt or ice cream machine leasing is the right choice for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us.  One of our representatives will be glad to assist you.  And while you’re planning for the next warm season, don’t forget that we also offer all types of ice machines too.  And we have a great selection of ice machine leasing and ice machine finance plans to offer.  Thank you for stopping by the site, I hope that you will visit us again. We can be reached at 800-999-5616.

Make Your Restaurant Memorable with a Soft Serve Machine!

Now that the summer months are in full swing, the temperature has continued to raise. Adding a soft serve machine to your line of available food products is a great move for the summer months. Whether it’s a burger joint or a sit down restaurant, having the option of soft serve for dessert is good business. Children are often the pickiest of eaters, but soft serve is always a win for kids. Be sure to provide colored sprinkles!

Including soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, and milkshakes to your summer line up is a quick way to increase sales and provide customers with the kinds of frozen treats they want during the heat of summer. Icesurance makes acquiring a soft serve machine simple and hassle-free. So what are some of the benefits of leasing a soft serve machine with Icesurance?

The Benefits of Leasing a Soft Serve Machine

Servicing: Icesurance provides a full service product when leasing a soft serve machine. What this means for you is a machine that is installed and serviced by Icesurance 365 days a year, all for a low monthly cost.

Flexible Leases: Icesurance offers the ability to upgrade or downgrade equipment based on a business’ changing needs. Beyond that, if you ever decide you want to purchase the machine outright, we offer an option to buy with lease payments applied to the total cost.

Avoiding Big Expenditure: Dropping a bulk payment on a machine you may or may not end up wanting to keep isn’t smart business. Not to mention the repair costs and maintenance must come out-of-pocket. Leasing allows business owners the choice to make adjustments to their equipment, as well as provides upkeep and maintenance within the bounds of the leasing agreement.

Experienced Professionals: How much do you know about a soft serve machine? As a restaurant owner, your focus should be on providing quality foods to your customers, not on knowing the ins and outs of current soft serve ice cream machine technology. With a leased soft serve machine, Icesurance professionals help you find the best machine for your particular needs, and make sure it is kept in good working order.

Ease of Use: Icesurance makes implementing a new soft serve machine easy and smooth. There’s no huge up-front payment, no figuring out what part goes where or why the machine isn’t producing anything resembling ice cream or frozen yogurt. With an Icesurance leased soft serve machine, any issues are handled by our professionals who have extensive experience with these machines.

Leasing a soft serve machine from Icesurance is a straight-forward process. There is no quick buy option and no shopping cart to click. The fastest way to get the soft serve equipment you need is to call and speak with an Icesurance professional directly. Reduce confusion on what type of equipment will work best for your needs and avoid the possibility of receiving a machine that isn’t right for your restaurant by contacting us today!

Ice-O-Matic Nugget Ice Machine and Kold Draft Classic Cube Machine are the Top Choice for Nationally Renowned Cocktail Consultant Julie Reiner

Knowing the importance of presentation, Julie Reiner chooses only the best ice machines to use for her signature cocktails.  The Ice-O-Matic Nugget Ice Machine is elegantly suited for Swizzle drinks and Trader Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai and Kold Draft’s Large Square Classic Cube machine is the perfect match for Santana’s Sour and for properly shaking the swizzle drinks.

Read Julie Reiner’s bio here.

Contact ICEsurance today to inquire about purchasing or leasing ice equipment for your business 800-999-5616.

Getting Bang for Your Buck: Used Ice Machines

From first time business owners to experienced ones, there is a common thread. They both need to make smart decisions and budget finances accordingly if they want their operation to be successful. One way to do this is by purchasing or leasing used ice equipment. People often have questions and concerns when purchasing used items, so let us dispel any doubts about buying a used ice machine from Icesurance.

The major benefit of buying a used ice machine is cost savings. At Icesurance, all our machines come with a warranty, which provides protection without the high price tag. We love knowing that business owners can take money saved by going with a used model and putting it toward reinvesting capital into their business.

Think of shopping for a used ice machine much like you would a used vehicle. There are a number of options available which will save you money, but use caution and evaluate which is best for you. Before you commit to a purchase, take the following steps:

Evaluate Your Needs: When shopping for an ice machine, make sure you have clearly established exactly what you need.

Click here to learn if a QSR (quick serve restaurant) Ice Machine or Nugget Ice Machine Better For Your Restaurant.

Carefully evaluate what you need the machine to produce. By researching available options beforehand.

Consult a Professional: A representative often can give helpful advice and estimate possible future repair costs down the road. These are experts in the field and their opinions can be trusted.

Click here to learn more about what to know when shopping for an ice machine.

At Icesurance we provide a large selection of used and reconditioned machines and our name says it all. We provide ice and insurance; all our machines are backed by high-quality warranties. Buying a used ice machine from Icesurance is worry-free, and we are willing to ship anywhere! The brands we feature include Kold Draft, Ice O Matic, Sani Serv, Hoshizaki, Manitowoc and Scotsman. Before you buy your next used ice machine, contact us today at (800) 999-5616.