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Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

Operating and Maintenance Tips

  • Talk to your supplier and find out whether your vending machines have a low-power mode. If so, ensure that it is activated. The low-power mode will put the vending machine in a low-energy lighting and/or low-energy refrigeration state during times of inactivity. The low power mode can save an additional 20 percent electricity use.

  • If your vending machine does not have a low power mode, consideration should be given to an external controller, such as the VendingMiser.

  • When using an external controller, properly educate local drink vendors, building managers and users about the installation and use of the unit. This will ensure that the control device is not unplugged or deactivated unknowingly.

  • When an external based controller is used with multiple vending machines that are plugged into a single electrical circuit, ensure that a repeater is used. A repeater will stagger the starts of the vending machines and ensure that the electrical circuit is not overloaded.

  • If the vending machine has products that require constant refrigeration, do not activate the low-power mode or any type of cooling set back, because these products are likely to spoil.

  • Additional energy savings can be achieved by de-lamping the advertising lights inside the vending machine. The lights and ballasts in a typical refrigerated vending machine account for approximately 35 percent of the energy use, and de-lamping the vending machine can save over $100 every year. However, be prepared for some vending suppliers to resist de-lamping.

  • If you de-lamp the advertising lights, always educate vending machine users that de-lamped machines save energy. A decal can be placed on the machine stating that the machine is operational, but the lights are turned off to save energy.