Your Ultimate Guide to Industrial Ice Makers at Manufacturing Plants and Distribution Warehouses

The manufacturing and distribution industries have high ice demands, and need industrial ice makers that works as hard as their employees. Whether you use ice to keep your workforce refreshed or to keep products cool during long deliveries, an industrial ice machine is the most cost-effective solution. To help you find the perfect ice machine for your business, we created this handy guide to industrial ice makers.

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Industrial Ice Making Machines

What Types of Ice Makers Are There for the Manufacturing Industry?

The manufacturing and distribution industries use ice for many reasons. Whether they need a large industrial ice machine for deliveries or a small countertop ice maker for breakrooms, there is an industrial ice cube maker machine for every need. Commercial ice makers come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Below are some of the types of ice makers for your industry:

  • Manitowoc IYT-1200A ice machine Easy IceModular Ice Machines

    If you need a small or large amount of ice, there’s a modular ice machine for you. Modular units require additional ice storage, either an ice bin or ice dispenser to store the ice these machine produce. Modular ice makers offer the largest production ranges. We have modular ice machines that produce between 500 – 1800 lbs of ice a day.

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  • Stackable Ice Machines

    Stackable Ice Machines

    If you need to more than 2000 lbs of ice, a stackable ice machine can be a great option to increase your output, without taking up too much space. These units allow you to install 2-3 units on top of one another, to double or triple your daily ice production. These machines still require you to purchase an additional ice storage bin or dispenser to store the ice.

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    Commercial Ice Dispensers

    Commercial water and ice dispensers can produce their own ice or may require an ice maker installed on top. These ice machines are more hygienic than most other ice machine models because users don’t have to scoop out ice by hand. Ice is dispensed directly into glassware by pressing a button or lever.

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  • Countertop Dispenser

    Countertop Ice Makers

    Need a smaller ice maker for your facility’s break room? Countertop ice makers are designed to fit on top of a counter or specialized stand. Some countertop ice makers produce their own ice, while others require an ice machine installed on top. Countertop ice makers range between 500-800 lbs. of ice a day

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How Do I Select the Right Type of Ice Cube?

The shape of an ice cube is not just aesthetic. Each ice shape provides a different business need. Choosing the right type of ice can help to elevate your drinks, treat ailments, or even save you money.

Commercial Ice Making Machines

How Much Ice Do I Need for My Distribution Warehouse or Manufacturing Plant?

Large warehouses and distribution plants need a high-volume industrial ice machine to cover their ice needs. They also need their ice machine to stay running through the toughest conditions. There are a few factors to consider when sizing an industrial ice maker for your business.

What’s the Best Industrial Ice Maker Condenser for My Environment?

Your ice machine’s condenser is one of its most vital components. It cools down refrigerant to use in the ice-making process but also gives off a lot of heat. That heat needs to be released, or it will overwork the machine. There are three condenser options for industrial ice makers, and each has its pros and cons.

Air Cooled Condensers

Air cooled ice machines are the most popular and cost-effective cooling system for ice machines. A fan helps cool condenser coils and pushes hot air into the surrounding environment where it can disperse. These systems require at least a foot of space on all sides of the ice machine (including the top) to allow air to escape. The room your install your ice maker should be large enough for the air to move freely. Areas with limited ventilation cause ice machines to overheat, lowering ice production.

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What are the Installation Requirements for Industrial Ice Making Equipment?

Manufacturing and distribution plants can be challenging environments for industrial ice makers. Ice machines need to stay cool and have plenty of ventilation to keep up with your workforce’s ice needs. Here are main things you need to provide.

Commercial Ice Maker Installation

We’ve serviced over 10,000 ice machines across the country. No matter the challenge, we know exactly how to keep your ice machine running smoothly. Our pre-installation checklist shows you what you need to provide to install an ice machine in your business. If you have a challenging environment, give us a call and we'll help you find a solution.

Pre-Installation Checklist

How Do I Keep My Industrial Ice Maker Clean and Sanitary?

Industrial Ice machines require cleaning to keep ice safe and protect staff from infection. Scale from hard water can cause damage to the unit. It’s important to make sure your staff has a routine ice machine cleaning schedule that includes ice machine care. Proper water filtration will help to eliminate scale. Also, ice machines require at least 2 professional cleanings per year to stay efficient.

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    How Do I Clean My Machine from Mold and Slime?

    The dark, damp environment of an ice machine makes the perfect home for mold and slime. Mold and slime are not dangerous to people, but health inspectors will write a violation if there is an excessive amount in your ice machine. Light cleaning is the best way to deal with mold and slime in easy to reach areas. Professional cleaning will help with the hard to reach areas.

    Learn How to Clean Mold and Slime

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    How to Clean Scale Build Up?

    Scale comes from minerals in the water entering your ice machine. These minerals are not dangerous to people, but they will harm your ice machine. Scale clings to vital components and plugs up ice machine water filters and distribution tubes. Over time, scale can lead to expensive repairs. Water softeners and filters are the best way to prevent scale buildup in your ice machine.

    Learn How to Prevent Scale Buildup

  • How Do I Prevent Sediment from Building in My Ice Machine?

    How Do I Prevent Sediment from Building in My Ice Machine?

    Your city water supply generally contains some level of sediment. As water flows, it picks up sediment from the soil and old piping systems. Sediment particles are not harmful to people, but if they enter your ice machine, they can cause damage. Water filtration is the best way to reduce the amount of sediment in your ice machine.

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  • How Do I Clean My Ice Bin?

    How Do I Clean My Ice Bin?

    Your ice bin also makes a nice home for mold, slime, and other microorganisms. Since the bin stores your ice, you’ll want to make sure to clean it weekly. Certain contaminants from a dirty ice bin can ruin your ice supply and make your staff sick. It’s a good idea to clean the interior and exterior of the ice machine to prevent accidental contamination.

    Learn How to Clean an Ice Bin

How Much Does It Cost to Own an Industrial Ice Machine?

A high-volume industrial ice maker can cost up to $10,000. Smaller ice dispensers for your front office can cost around $1,500. There are also hidden costs associated with owning an ice machine as well. Preventive maintenance, professional cleaning, and routine repairs are all necessary to keep your ice maker running efficiently.


Ice machine preventive maintenance allows technicians to optimize your machine and identify potential problems. This keeps your ice machine running in peak performance and helps you avoid expensive repair costs. Ice machine manufacturers recommend two visits a year from an experienced ice machine technician. The average preventive maintenance costs around $300 per visit.

Professional Cleaning

Routine cleaning from your staff is necessary, but professional cleaning is also needed to get to those hard to reach areas. A technician will take the industrial ice machine apart and clean it using strong acid-based cleaners to rid the unit of mold and scale. Manufacturers recommend getting two professional cleanings per year, more if your ice machine is in a particularly dusty area. Cleanings can cost around $250 per visit.


The cost of an ice machine repair depends on the extent of the problem. Repairs can cost between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Here are some examples of some common ice machine repairs and their estimated costs:

  • Hot Gas Valve Replacement - $600
  • Expansion Valve - $600
  • Compressor Repair - $1500
  • Evaporator Repair - $2500

If your facility depends on ice, a machine breakdown can severely hurt business, forcing you to spend hundreds on replacement ice. 1000 lbs of ice costs around $225.

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Even the best commercial ice equipment isn't as tough as it looks. Industrial ice machines require optimal temperatures and routine maintenance to stay in top condition and produce the maximum amount of ice. Professional cleaning is also required if you want your ice supply to stay consumer-safe.

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