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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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 Commercial Ice Maker Installation Requirements
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.