A Guide to Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers

Determining the right ice machine for your Kansas or Missouri business can be stressful. There's a lot to consider when choosing the best Manitowoc commercial ice maker. This guide covers everything you need to know from choosing the right ice machine, installation, and even preventative maintenance.

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Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers Ice Types

Manitowoc ice makers are known for their rhomboid cubes. These types of ice are solid, clear, and melt slowly. Manitowoc ice cubes are a great addition to any beverage, whether you’re serving soft drinks of high-end cocktails.

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Sizing a Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker

Figuring out exactly how much ice your business goes through in a day is the first step when choosing the right ice machine. Our Ice Machine Estimator helps you get a better understanding of ice usage based on your industry. Below you’ll find the main criteria we use when sizing ice machines for Kansas and Missouri businesses.

Daily Ice Usage

Determining how much ice you go through in a day is key when trying to size the right ice machine. Everything from ice in beverages to ice used for food prep, beer tubs and other food services is included in your daily usage. When estimating, keep in mind that an ice machine takes 24 hours to produce a complete batch of ice. So, a 500-lb ice machine would produce 500-lbs of ice in 24 hours.

Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker Condensers

Condensers cool the refrigerant in your ice machine, getting rid of the heat and keeping it cool which is crucial to your ice machine functioning properly. There are three types of condensers you'll find on Manitowoc ice makers.

Manitowoc Air Cooled Ice Machines

Air cooled ice machines use a fan to push hot air away from the ice machine and into the surrounding environment. It’s important to provide plenty of space for air cooled ice machines so that the hot air being pushed out doesn’t get recirculated. These condensers are the most common and cost-effective style on commercial ice machines.

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Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker Installation Requirements

Manitowoc Commercial Ice Machines in Missouri

We’ve serviced ice machines throughout Kansas and Missouri. 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 Much Does a Manitowoc Ice Machine Cost?

The initial cost of a Manitowoc commercial ice machine can be anywhere between $1,500 to $10,000. Keep in mind, this price doesn’t include installation costs and the price of additional ice storage. It’s important to budget for additional expenses as the initial cost is only the beginning.

Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker Maintenance

Manitowoc Ice Maker Maintenance

On average, it will cost you $300 per professional maintenance visit for your Manitowoc commercial ice maker. With manufacturers recommending at least two visits per year, you should budget at least $600 a year for routine maintenance. Although this might be expensive, it’s important to keep up with visits because not only will your ice machine production go down, but you could be risking expensive repairs down the road.

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Manitowoc Water Filters

Water filters are used to trap sediment and minerals that could potentially damage the machine. Depending on the recommended filter, an ice machine water filter can cost between $15-$100 dollars. The quality of your ice and the production rate will go down if water filters aren’t replaced every few months. Kansas City barbeque joints, breweries and bakeries may require more frequent filter changes. Challenging environments like these may even need additional filtration methods due to extra airborne particles.

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Manitowoc Ice Machine Breakdowns

The price of an ice machine repair ranges from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand.Keeping up with routine maintenance and cleaning ensures that you’re being proactive in avoiding costly repairs. If you do need a repair, here are some common examples and prices to give you a better idea of what it may cost:

  • 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.

All-Inclusive Ice Machine Program
for Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers

Ice-Masters does a great job at keeping Manitowoc commercial ice makers in peak condition for our customers throughout Kansas and Missouri. Our commercial ice machine rental program not only provides you with an ice machine, but covers twice-yearly preventative maintenance, cleanings and repairs. We give all of this to you for one low monthly cost.

Preventative Maintenace

Since manufacturers recommend that ice machines receive professional service twice a year, we cover the cost of ice machine service for both visits. When we can routinely check on our machines, we are able to fix small issues before they become expensive repairs.


Repairs, labor and parts are always included with our program because we know ice machines can be unpredictable. Give us a call if you ever have an issue with your Manitowoc commercial ice maker and we will fix the problem as soon as possible.

Breakdown Ice

Replacement ice is crucial to keeping your business running while your ice machine is down. Our rental program covers backup ice for your business with our Breakdown Ice service. We will even reimburse you for ice that you buy while you wait for your backup supply to be delivered.

Choose the Best Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker for Your Business!

Need help choosing the right Manitowoc commercial ice maker for your business? Our helpful Ice Machine Experts have extensive experience sizing ice machines for any industry.