Before buying a Manitowoc ice machine, it’s important to know your ice maker specs. An ice machine’s spec sheet is available from the manufacturer. You can find it on most commercial ice maker manufacturers’ websites (Manitowoc has spec sheets available for all their models online). An ice machine’s specifications let owners know about their ice machine’s production rate, energy usage, water usage, type of condenser, and more.
Installing a Manitowoc ice machine in your business means providing all the appropriate energy, water, and space needs to keep it running. Once you’ve provided these needs, a qualified ice machine service can install the unit to manufacturer’s specifications.
In this article, we’ll show you how to read a Manitowoc ice machine specs, so you can provide everything your machine needs to run smoothly.
Ice Machine Dimensions
A Manitowoc ice machine’s dimensions tell you’re the width, height, and depth of the ice machine. This is helpful so buyers can be sure that their new Manitowoc ice machine can fit in the area where they plan to install the unit, but there are other space factors to consider, as well.
Ice machines (especially air cooled units) require enough ice machine ventilation to operate. If you’re installing an air cooled ice machine, you’ll want to free up at least a foot of additional space on all sides of the ice machine, including the top.
Manitowoc ice maker specs include a chart that has information about production, energy and water usage, condenser type and more.
The first column of this chart tells you what type of cooling system your Manitowoc ice machine uses. You can also find this information in a Manitowoc model number if you know how to read them.
The type of condenser your ice machine uses determines the amount of ice it can produce. Different condensers also require different installation needs.
Following the row to the right, you’ll see specific information about the model as it relates to the condenser inside the machine.
There are three types of condensers commonly found in commercial ice machines:
- Manitowoc Air Cooled ice machines – These systems use the surrounding air to cool internal components
- Manitowoc Water Cooled ice machines – These models use incoming water to cool ice machine components
- Manitowoc Remote Cooled ice machines – These ice machines place the heat producing components away from the ice-making unit (typically outside)
A Manitowoc model number can tell you the type of ice the machine produces, the condenser type, and how much ice it produces.
This helps to further specify the following information as it relates to the machine model. Each model has different ice maker specs.
Manitowoc ice machines produce a wide range of ice shapes to meet the needs of any business. This column shows the type of ice each machine model produces.
Below is a key to the different types of ice Manitowoc commercial ice machines produce:
- Half-dice Ice – This is a small, slender cube and one of Manitowoc’s most popular ice shapes.
- Dice Ice – This cube is twice the width of a half-dice cube. Great for cocktails or soft drinks.
- Regular Ice – A large, rectangular cube that works great in high-end cocktails and spirits.
- Nugget Ice – A soft and chewable ice cube designed for hospitals, elementary schools, and bar and restaurant use.
- Flake Ice – This soft, snow-like ice is designed to help businesses create food and drink displays. Great for seafood and produce markets!
There are two ice maker specs that estimate the amount of ice your Manitowoc ice machine will produce under different temperature environments. The one labeled 70* Air/50*F Water lets buyers know the maximum amount of ice the machine will produce when the surrounding air is 70-degrees and the incoming water is 50-degrees.
The second column labeled 90* Air/70*F Water is known as the AHRI production rate. This column shows buyers how much the machine will produce when the surrounding air is 90-degrees and the incoming water is 70-degrees.
With all ice machines, as temperatures rise, ice production drops. That’s because ice machines must work harder to produce a batch of ice to make up for the increase in temperature. If you know maintaining a steady temperature will be difficult in your business, this section can help you estimate the amount of ice your machine will likely produce.
This column estimates the kilowatts of energy your Manitowoc ice machine will use to produce a 100 bs of ice under AHRI temperature conditions. 70*Air/50*F Water temperatures will help the ice machine use less energy when making a batch of ice.
Next to the energy rate, you’ll see a little blue star. That star signifies that the machine is Energy Star rated. Energy Star ice machines use 15% less energy and 10% less water than other models.
This column shows you how much water your Manitowoc ice machines uses to create 100 lbs of ice. Water usage is measured in gallons or liters.
There are other areas in a Manitowoc’s ice maker specs that detail information that you’ll need to provide the proper connections to run your Manitowoc ice machine. They include:
Circuit and Fuse Requirements
This area lets buyers know how much energy the machine uses as it produces ice, and the ice maker’s electrical requirements it needs to run.
Commercial ice machines come in two voltage types, 115v and 220v. Small ice machines generally require 115v. Large ice makers often require 220v.
In both scenarios, you’ll need a power outlet that can deliver the proper rate of energy to the listed model. 115v outlets are the most common type of outlet you’ll find in most US households. 220v outlets come in many types, so you’ll need to make sure your ice machine is compatible. A good example of a 220v outlet is the type your home washer or dryer might use.
If you don’t have the right outlet for your particular model, you’ll need an electrician to install one.
The fuse size shows you how much amperage your ice machine’s fuse and breaker need to operate. If the amperage is too low, your ice machine won’t run properly. If the amperage is too high, you’ll end up blowing the fuse in your ice machine.
Temperature and Refrigeration Information
This section includes information critical to maintaining the machine’s refrigeration system.
BTU per Hour shows you a range of how much heat the ice machine will give off every hour. “Average” shows you how much heat the machine typically gives off under normal operating conditions. “Peak” shows you the maximum amount of heat the machine can give off.
Refrigerant shows you the type of refrigerant your Manitowoc ice machine uses.
Operating Limits show you the optimal temperature and water pressure ranges your ice machine can perform under.
You Want a Quality Installation to Meet Your Ice Maker Specs
Once you’ve provided an adequate environment that meets all your ice machine’s specs, you’ll need a qualified ice machine technician to install your ice machine properly.
Many ice machine issues can stem from improper installations. A bad ice machine installation can lead to ice machines leaking, freeze-ups, or worse. An experienced ice machine technician can make sure your Manitowoc ice machine is set up to run smoothly for years.
At Easy Ice, we perform a 24-point pre-installation site survey to ensure all of our ice machines stay in peak performance. We guarantee your ice machine stays efficient with biannual preventive maintenance, cleaning, and routine ice machine repairs in our revolutionary ice machine subscription program. It’s all covered under our already low, monthly charge.
If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line Manitowoc ice machine, contact Easy Ice today!