A Guide to Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers
Choosing the right ice machine for your business can be stressful. Whether it’s sizing your ice needs, choosing an ice type, or checking your installation requirements, you’ll find it all here. We’ve put together this guide to answer all your questions about Manitowoc commercial ice makers.
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How Do I Size a Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker?
You'll need to know exactly how much ice your business requires in a day. Our handy Ice Machine Estimator can help you estimate the right amount for your industry. Below you'll find the main criteria we use to size ice machines for businesses.
Daily Ice Usage
To size the right ice machine and ice bin for your business, you need to determine how much ice your business uses in a day. This includes ice for drinks, food prep, beer tubs, or food presentation. One thing to note is that ice machines take 24-hours to produce their maximum amount of ice. So a 600-lb ice machine will take 24 hours to produce 600 lbs of ice.
What Type of Manitowoc Ice Machine Condenser Do I Need?
The condenser helps to cool refrigerant and expel heat away from the ice machine to keep it cool. There are three types of condensers you'll find on Manitowoc ice makers.
What Are the Installation Requirements for a Manitowoc Ice Machine?
How Much Does a Manitowoc Ice Machine Cost?
A commercial Manitowoc ice machine can run anywhere between $1,500 to $10,000. That does not include additional ice storage needs or installation. Once the ice machine is purchased, there are several additional costs associated with owning an ice machine as well:
Manitowoc Ice Maker Maintenance
Manitowoc suggests at least two preventive maintenance events a year. Preventive maintenance on an ice machine can cost as much as $300 for a visit. Preventive maintenance helps to optimize your ice machine for maximum efficiency and helps to identify potential problems. Skipping preventive maintenance visits results in your machine producing less ice or potential costly repairs.
Manitowoc Water Filters
Water filters help to eliminate sediment or minerals that cause ice machine damage. An ice machine water filter costs between $15-$100 dollars, depending on the brand. Water filters need replacing every few months or your ice machine could start to produce smaller, malformed ice cubes. Machines in challenging environments might require additional water filtration in addition to a standard sediment filter.
Manitowoc Ice Machine Breakdowns
The price of an ice machine repair ranges from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand. Staying up to date on preventive maintenance and cleaning keeps repairs to a minimum. Here are some common ice machine repairs and the costs associated with them:
- Control Sensor Repair - $150
- Expansion Valve Repair - $600
- Compressor Repair - $1500
- Evaporator Repair - $2500
A broken ice machine means you’ll have to pay for backup ice. 500 lbs of ice will cost you over $100.
Our All-Inclusive Ice Machine Program is the Way to
Go for Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers
Here at Easy Ice, we specialize in keeping Manitowoc ice machines in peak condition, with preventive maintenance, cleaning, and any repairs they need. Best yet, we include it all in the already low, monthly price!
Ice machines require two preventive maintenance visits a year - and that's exactly what you get with our subscriptions. Preventive maintenance makes sure ice machines are always in their best condition.
Buying replacement ice during a repair is costly and a hassle. That's why we'll send you your daily ice supply while your machine is being repaired. If we can't get ice out to you, we'll credit your account for a days' worth of ice needs for as long as the ice machine is down.