How to Read a Manitowoc Serial Number and Model Number

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Last updated on October 28th, 2022 at 10:53 am

There are many different models and styles of Manitowoc ice machines on the market. From ice dispensers, and nugget ice makers, to air cooled ice machines, there are a lot Manitowoc ice machine options out there. The Manitowoc ice machine serial number and model number can help you identify if a machine is under warranty or specifics about the ice machine.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to read a Manitowoc ice machine’s serial number and model number nomenclature.

How to Read a Manitowoc Ice Machine Serial Number

Manitowoc serial numbers on post-2006 have two numbers that identify the date the machine was manufactured and warranty information the manufacturer uses to identify if there are any ice maker components under warranty.

You can find a Manitowoc serial number’s location on the back of the ice machine.

In additional to the serial number, you should know how to read your Manitowoc Ice Maker Spec Sheet. Don't worry, we've got you covered!

Manitowoc Serial Number Date Code

Manitowoc serial number date

In post-2006 models, the date the ice machine was produced is not included in the serial number. You can find the date listed above the serial number listed as “MFG DT”. A Manitowoc serial number’s nomenclature is easy to decipher. The four-digit code is listed as year followed by the month of production. For example, in the example above the label reads MFG DT 1809, the machine was manufactured in September 2018.

In pre-2006 models, the date is included in the serial number. This code uses the same nomenclature as newer models but places he four-digit code right before the serial number. For example, if the serial number is 160868304, the “0508” would mean the machine was manufactured in August 2005.

Manitowoc Serial Number Usage

Manitowoc serial number

The rest of a Manitowoc serial number is important because it provides the manufacturer with valuable information about existing warranties on their machines. If you’re running into ice machine issues and want to see if your particular Manitowoc commercial ice machine model is under warranty, you’ll likely need to provide this number to Manitowoc customer service.

Ice machine technicians may also need this number to see if any ice machine repairs are covered by the manufacturer – which saves you money in repair costs.

The number is listed on the back of the machine under the label SERIAL NO.

Information Found Inside a Manitowoc Ice Machine Model Number

Reading a Manitowoc ice machine’s model is different than how you would read a Manitowoc serial number. This 8-digit alphanumeric code tells you everything about the machine, from the ice type to the type of refrigerant it uses.

A Manitowoc model number will tell you:

  • Model Version
  • Ice Type
  • Refrigerant Type
  • Production size
  • Type of Condenser
  • And more

Model numbers are different between brands. For example, a Hoshizaki model number provides much of the same information, they’re just presented differently.

Model Version

Just like cars, ice machines go through changes and upgrades to stay up to date with emerging technology.

Manitowoc ice machines come out with new models every few years. Currently, the Manitowoc Indigo NXT ice machine is the most recent. Past models include the Q series. As new models come forth, look to see that letter change to reflect the newest technology.

A Manitowoc commercial ice machine model number uses the first letter to signify the newest model.

Ice Type

The ice type is the shape of ice the ice machine makes. Manitowoc has 5 different ice types in their machines, Half-dice, Dice, Regular, Flake, and Nugget.

In a Manitowoc ice machine model number, the ice type is found directly after the model version.

Here is a list of the types of ice below:

Refrigerant Type

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Some Manitowoc Indigo NXT ice machines use a different type of refrigerant than others. This is to meet federal guidelines for a more energy-efficient ice maker (some refrigerant is more energy-efficient than others).

In a Manitowoc ice machine model number, the letter following the ice type signifies the type of refrigerant the machine uses.

There are two types of machines that use different types of refrigerant.

  • T = R10A refrigerant
  • F = R404A refrigerant

While many ice machine owners aren’t concerned with the type of refrigerant their ice machine uses, it is important information for an ice machine technician to know.

Production Size

The Manitowoc ice machine model number will also let you know the maximum amount of ice an ice machine can produce. This is normally signified by a four-digit number, signifying the amount of ice an ice machine will produce in 24 hours. In the US, the number is in relation to pounds.

The Manitowoc ice machine production size is listed after the dash following the refrigerant type.

Type of Condenser

Manitowoc ice machines have three condenser types available on their ice makers: air-cooled, water-cooled, and remote. The type of condenser lets users know how the machine cools itself down.

Air cooled machines use the surrounding air to cool condenser coils. Water cooled ice machines use water to cool down. Remote ice machines place the condenser outside, away from the ice maker machine.

In a Manitowoc ice machine model number, the type of condenser is shown in the letter directly following the production size.

Here is a list of Manitowoc condenser types:

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18 Comments on “How to Read a Manitowoc Serial Number and Model Number”

  1. I have an older Manitowoc ice making machine Model S570. Is this an air cooled or water cooled machine. I am looking to replace it and wondering what Manitowoc model is relatively similar?

    1. Hello Ron,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. The model you provided looks like the model number for the bin, which is what holds the ice. There are a few different models that can fit on that bin size, so it would be best to locate the model number of the machine itself. This is an 8-digit alphanumeric code that generally looks something similar to this: IYF-0600A. The 0600 in this case represents the production of the machine (approx. 600 lbs), and the “A” represents air-cooled machine.

      A = Manitowoc air cooled ice machines
      W = Manitowoc water cooled ice machines
      N = Manitowoc remote cooled ice machines

      Here are some Manitowoc ice maker models that you can use to reference.


  2. Hello,’we have a Model B570 Series 600
    Serial number 110525861 unit, when I obtained it, I was told that it makes ice with no problem, but it doesn’t stop making it when the bin is full
    Any suggestions as to what part might be bad so I can get it replaced?
    Thank You

    1. Hello Terrell. Thank you for reaching out!

      It looks like if this is a Manitowoc B570, the issue may lie with the deflector. It could be bent back too far, or missing all together.

      It is definitely a good idea to call a local ice machine expert to help you diagnose exactly what the issue is and help you resolve it.

      I hope this helps!

  3. from south africa and have an old BR 1000 A machine..serials 951862845..will parts still be available..the machine still works fine but yust worried for breakage some day

    1. Hello Nico,

      First let us express our amazement that the machine is still running. You must have taken good care of it to prolong it so. Unfortunately, it is unlikely you’ll be able to find parts for a machine that old. It’s not impossible; you can always try searching online for parts as needed. But I would financially and mentally prepare for the likelihood that if the machine needs a replacement part, it might be impossible to find, and a new machine might be needed.

      Best of luck to you!

  4. Hi there!!
    My coffee shop currently is using a model QD0212A, serial number 110122732, manitowoc ice maker that doesn’t consistently make ice..we’re trying to figure out if we could purchase some parts for it, or if it would make more sense to just buy a new machine. I’ve tried looking the model number up online but from the pictures it looks like ours is probably a much older model.

    1. Hi Isabella,
      The “Q” series machines were manufactured from 1998 to 2003. In this older serial number format, the date code is a MM/YY format using the 1st four numbers. In this case, it would be a Nov. 2001 date, which in ice machine years is very old. Average lifespan of a commercial ice machine runs from 10-20 years, depending on the manufacturer and regular scheduled maintenance.
      You may talk to an ice machine servicing company about repairs, but it’s likely repairs would only slightly delay the inevitable need for a new machine.

    1. Hi Daniel!

      The new version is referred to as the NEO 310.

      The replacement model is the UYF-310A-161.

      Here is a helpful link to the spec sheet:

      The model breaks down like this:
      Y=Cube size which is 1/2 Dice
      F=Refrigerant R404A
      310=Approximate 24-hour production with 70-degree air and 50-degree water
      A=Self contained air-cooled condenser
      161=Voltage configuration (115V 60HZ 1PH)

      Hope this is helpful for you. Please call 866-EASYICE for additional information. We’d love to help.

  5. Hello
    I am looking for a new equivalent for a model S970 Please give me some options. I will be replacing 2 machines.

    1. Hello, Gary.

      The S970 storage bin is 48″ wide with a capacity of approximately 880 pounds of cubed ice.

      The replacement model would be the D970, which would have the same physical dimensions as the S970.

      Please keep in mind that if the equipment is physically smaller than the overall width of the bin (48″) top, kits/adapters will be required to cover any opening on the top to prevent dirt and debris from getting into the ice.

      Also, know that the new storage bin comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty from the manufacturer that covers any defects in materials or workmanship.

      If you have additional questions, please call 866-EASYICE (327-9423). We’d love to help.

  6. Hi! I have this information regarding model and serial number, and I would like to know the capacity it holds. Could you help me out? I would like to replace it but I don´t know what capacity to look for.

    BD1802 A
    SERIAL 960262354

    1. Hello Ana,

      The Manitowoc model BD1802A has the capability of producing up to 1800 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period. This of course, is is a rating based on a brand new machine with operating conditions of a 70-degree surrounding air temperature and incoming water temperature of 50 degrees. As air and water temps go up, ice production goes down. Furthermore, a build up of grime, scale, or other debris can lower ice maker production. As machines age, they will begin to lose production capabilities.

      The other thing to keep in mind is the bin size. If you have this ice machine sitting on a bin that only holds 500 pounds of ice, then the ice maker will produce until the bin is full and automatically turn off until ice is emptied from the bin. So your production is also limited by the bin’s capacity and how fast you use ice from it.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions, Ana!

  7. I have a Manitowoc Model C470. Serial number 961121232. What age is this machine and how many pounds of ice does it produce? With the bin, it’s 30 inches wide and 72 inches tall. We want to get another one similar to this one. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lily,

      Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, the model provided is for the bin only. The machine model number plate will be located on the back of the machine or behind the front panel usually on the control box cover or inside of the freezing compartment. If you reach out to our team, we can help you located the model number, understand capacity, and make sure you get the right ice maker for your business. Our number is 866.327.9423. Cheers!

  8. I have a manitowoc ice machine UYF0140A-161B and cannot find a parts list. I need a part number for a water pump. Any information?

    1. Hi Lynn,
      We’ve got that info for you:
      Water pump P/N 040005602. There is a note that states the bracket is sold separately. If needed, water pump bracket P/N 040006395.

      Let us know if our Ice Machine Experts can help in any other way! We offer ice machine service in numerous areas of the U.S. If you need help installing it, just call our main line to find out if we service your area. 866.327.9423


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