Simple Steps to Turn Off Your Ice Maker

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There are times when turning off your ice maker is the best course of action to guard against storms, cold winters, or an unnecessary utility bill. Turning off your ice machine isn’t as easy as flipping off a switch. There are a few other steps businesses should perform to ensure no damage occurs in the unit.

At Easy Ice, we recommend shutting off your commercial ice machine for a number of reasons. If you’re unsure whether you should shut off your ice maker, give us a call and we’ll help walk you through the steps. Otherwise, we’ve provided this step-by-step guide to identify the situations where you should shut the ice machine down – and how to do it safely.

When Should I Be Turning off My Ice Maker?

There are many reasons you might want to shut off your ice maker. You may want to protect your ice maker from a storm or flood. Other reasons may include shutting a seasonal business during the off-season or having to shut down temporarily due to state mandates.

Here are the main reasons a business should be turning off their ice maker:

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Thunderstorms

If a thunderstorm is approaching, lightning can cause surges that can damage the electrical components in your ice machine. It’s not a bad idea to unplug any appliance in a thunderstorm, and a commercial ice machine is no exception. You can do this in addition to turning off your ice maker. Considering the initial cost to buy an ice machine, you don’t want to have to spend thousands of dollars in ice machine repairs due to a circuit board damaging.

Floods

Flooding is another thing that can do a lot of damage to an ice machine – especially if it’s still running. Flood water is not sanitary, which is why you don’t want it entering your ice machine. Luckily, most commercial ice machine are installed on top of an ice bin, which measures a few feet off the floor. This can protect the ice making machine from taking in water, but you’ll still have to clean and disinfect your bin if flood water gets in your ice maker.

You’ll also might want to close your water line after you turn off your ice maker. Flood water can run back up into water lines and directly into your ice machine. If the machine is running, it will pass that water through the ice making system.

If your ice maker does take in water, you’ll need a professional ice machine cleaning service to disinfect and sanitize components in the unit. That means taking the machine apart piece-by-piece.

Temporary Closures

Many businesses (especially seasonal ones) must shut down their business for days, weeks, or sometimes months.

If you won’t be needing ice for even a couple of weeks, it’s a good idea to turn off your ice maker. Shutting down your ice maker will save you in utility costs and help to safeguard the establishment should anything go wrong. Leaks or freeze-ups can do damage to the automatic ice machine or the building if they are left unattended.

Commercial ice machines are designed to run until a bin fills with ice, but don’t assume that the ice machine will stop running on a full bin. Even if no one is there to scoop the ice out of a bin, the ice will still melt eventually. As the ice level drops in your bin, the machine will continue to produce ice, keeping the bin full at all times.

You can save money by shutting off power and water to the ice maker.

Winterizing your Ice Machine

Many seasonal businesses, like resorts and campsites, shut down for the winter. If you run a seasonal business in a state that is known for cold winters, you’ll want to make sure there is no water running through your ice machine.

When water freezes, it expands. If water is allowed to flow freely through the ice machine while the surrounding temperature is below freezing, water will freeze inside of distribution tubes. As that water freezes, it can expand to the point that it cracks through piping throughout the unit. These repairs can be expensive, especially as the ice melts. When water leaks inside your ice maker, it can cause structural damage to the housing of the machine, which is very expensive to repair.

A professional ice machine technician can winterize your ice machine to ensure there is no water left in the machine after turning off your ice maker. If you’re an Easy Ice customer whose ice machine in danger of freezing temperatures, please call Easy Ice Customer Support so we can schedule a technician to winterize your machine.

Simple Steps to Turn off Your Ice Maker

Now that you know the reasons why you should turn off your ice maker, we’ll now show you how to do it safely. There are a few processes you should follow to safely shut off your Hoshizaki or Manitowoc ice machine.

Follow the steps below to turn off your ice maker when it’s not in use.

Determine Brand of Your Ice Machine

  • Manitowoc
  • Hoshizaki
  • For other brands, consult you’re the unit’s service manual for instructions on how to turn off your ice maker.

How Do I Turn Off a Manitowoc Ice Maker?

  1. If you are able, simply unplugging the Manitowoc ice machine is the best way to turn it off.
  2. If you cannot unplug the ice machine, the next best course of action is to locate the breaker that your ice machine is on and turn it to “off”
  3. If either of these options are not possible, please follow the instructions below.
  4. Open the front panel of your ice machine by unscrewing the (1) top and (1) bottom screw of the Manitowoc front panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. The door will swing open. Make sure you do not lose the screws as they are necessary to secure the front panel.
  5. On the top of the display panel, there will be three buttons. On the far left is the power button. Push and hold the power button until the unit powers off.
  6. Once unit has powered off, the screen will go blank. Please close the front door of the machine, and replace the 2 screws, thoroughly securing the front panel.

How Do You Turn Your Manitowoc Ice Machine Back On?

  1. To turn the Manitowoc ice machine on, either plug the unit back into the outlet or turn the breaker back on. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.
  2. Open the ice machine as described above.
  3. Push and hold the power button until the unit powers on.
  4. Once unit has powered on, the screen will activate. Please close the front door of the machine, and replace the 2 screws, thoroughly securing the front panel.

How Do I Turn Off a Hoshizaki Ice Maker?

  1. If you are able, simply unplugging the Hoshizaki ice machine is the best way to turn it off.
  2. If you cannot unplug the ice machine, the next best course of action is to locate the breaker that your ice machine is on and turn it to “off”
  3. If either of these options are not possible, please follow the instructions below.
  4. Loosen or remove the Phillips-head screw(s) from bottom edge of the front panel.
  5. Firmly grasp the edges of the front panel and slide upward to release the front panel from the top panel’s lip.
  6. Set aside panel in a location that’s away from foot traffic.
  7. Locate main “toggle” switch, which will be located on the control box.
  8. Flip switch to the “off” position.
  9. Once the machine is “off,” please replace the front panel. Ensure that the front panel’s top hinge has thoroughly secured with the top panels lip.
  10. Tighten the Philip’s screw(s) on the bottom edge of the front panel.

How Do You Turn Your Hoshizaki Ice Machine Back On?

  1. To turn the Hoshizaki ice machine on, either plug the unit back into the outlet or turn the breaker back on. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.
  2. Open the ice machine as described above.
    Hoshizaki Ice Machine Back On
  3. Flip switch to the “ICE” position. You will hear water begin to flow in your ice machine.
  4. Once the machine is on, replace the front panel as explained above.

With an Easy Ice Subscription, we Protect Ice Makers from Damage.

A broken down ice maker is a real hassle. Not only do you have to pay for expensive ice machine repairs, but you also have to purchase replacement ice for your customers or employees.

With an Easy Ice subscription, we provide the best ice machines from the leading brands. We protect your ice machine with routine maintenance and cleaning to keep your ice supply safe. If there is damage to the machine from flood or storm damage, we’ll fix the machine at no additional cost to you. It’s just another way Easy Ice protects your business interests – even during uncertainty.

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