If you run a Kansas or Missouri-based business that requires over 1000 lbs of ice a day, a large ice maker is the most cost-effective option. Buying that much ice retail can cost thousands of dollars. A large ice machine can produce that same amount of ice for a small fraction of the cost. When choosing a large commercial ice maker, you need to consider the space, voltage, and water flow requirements these bigger machines need to operate.
What are the Installation Needs for a Large Ice Maker?
Large ice makers need a lot more space, power, and water to deliver the amount of ice your business needs. Here is an explanation of those requirements:
1. How Much Space Do I Need?
A large air cooled ice machine requires space so hot air can escape the unit and flow into the surrounding environment. Ice makers need at least 1 foot of space on all sides, including between the ceiling and the unit. If you can secure more 1 foot, even better! Air will move more freely throughout the room and technicians will be able to reach vital machine components easier, making for a more thorough service.
When air cooled ice makers don’t have the space to release hot air, they’ll produce less ice. The hot air will linger around the ice machine and re-enter through the venting. The extra heat cause s the ice machine to work harder, which can damage the unit over time.
There are very large ice makers that can produce over 3000 lbs of ice a day, like the Hoshizaki KM-2600SWJ ice machine, which doesn’t offer air cooled systems because the space they would take up. These models come in water cooled ice machine or remote cooled ice machine systems.
2. What are the Electrical Requirements?
Most ice makers only need a 110v outlet to operate. Larger ice machines that produce between 800 lbs of ice or more, often require a 220v electrical outlet. You’ll commonly find 220v outlets in rooms designed to accommodate large home appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers. If you don’t have the proper outlet to install a large ice maker, you’ll need to contact an electrician to install one.
3. What Are the Water Flow Requirements?
It takes a lot more water to produce over 1000 lbs of ice a day, which is why larger ice makers need a water line that can deliver the proper flow rate. The flow rate will depend on the model ice maker you choose, so make sure to check the manufacturer’s requirement.
If you don’t have the proper water line to deliver your ice machine’s flow rate, you’ll need to hire a plumber to install one for you.
What Kind of Ice Bin Do I Need for a Large Ice Maker?
The larger the ice machine, the bigger bin you’ll need. Many large ice bin models have different features than your standard, top door ice bin.
Large commercial ice storage bins are commonly made of stainless steel, making them strong and easy to clean.
Many larger ice bins, 1300 lbs and above, have their door towards the bottom of the bin. A bottom facing door forces users to grab ice from the bottom of the ice pile, rather than the top. When ice sits for too long, it begins to melt. By placing the access door toward the bottom of the bin, the older ice gets scooped out, making way for the new, freshly dispensed ice. These types of ice machines also have a viewing window towards the top of the bin, so users can inspect their ice supply.
Choosing Multiple Ice Machines
If you need a large supply of ice, another option you have is to buy multiple ice makers to deliver the amount you need.
To install multiple ice makers, you’ll need plenty of space. This often means installing the ice machines in separate rooms. Businesses like campuses and resorts benefit the most from this setup since they often have plenty of space to accommodate multiple units. Multiple units might not be the best option for high-volume restaurants with less space available.
Finally, Hoshizaki has stackable ice maker models that allow owners to install 2-3 units on top of one another. Note that these setups make it harder to service the bottom ice machines and can lower their overall lifespan.
Installing a Large Ice Maker is Easy with the Right Resources
If you’re a Kansas or Missouri-based business that needs over 1000 lbs of ice, a large ice maker is a must-have. There is no better way to provide a large amount of ice to your business for a low cost. If you know you need a large ice machine, it’s important to know the proper installation requirements before you make a purchase.
At Ice-masters, we have plenty of large ice maker models to choose from. We offer a wide variety of ice machines for sale or for rent. Our ice equipment rental program includes top-quality ice makers along with ice machine maintenance. We also make sure all of the ice machines follow our strict installation guidelines to maintain their efficiency. If you need help choosing a model, our Ice Machine Experts have experience sizing and installing ice machines for all industries! Contact us today!