A Guide to Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers

When choosing the best ice machine for your Chicago business, there is a lot to take into consideration. You'll need to consider factors like sizing, ice types, installation and maintenance. We’ve put together this guide to answer all your questions about Manitowoc commercial ice makers.

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What Type of Manitowoc Ice Shapes Are There?

Manitowoc ice makers produce ice cubes that are rhomboid in shape. These types of ice are clear and solid, which makes them melt slowly. Whether it’s a high-end cocktail or a soft drink, Manitowoc ice cubes work great for any beverage.

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Sizing a Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker

To pick the right machine, you will need to figure out exactly how much ice your business will require in a day. Our helpful Ice Machine Estimator helps you estimate the right amount based off your industry. Check below to learn about the main criteria we use for ice machine sizing.

Daily Ice Usage

It’s important to determine how much ice your business uses in a day to size the right ice machine and ice bin for your business. This includes everything from ice for drinks to food prep, beer tubs and even food presentation. It’s also important to keep in mind that it takes an ice machines 24-hours to produce the maximum amount of ice. This means that for example, a 900-lb ice machine will take 24 hours to produce 900 lbs of ice.

Types of Condensers for Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers

Keeping your ice machine cool is crucial which is why condensers help to cool the refrigerant and expel heat away from the machine. Manitowoc ice makers come with three different styles of condensers.

Manitowoc Air Cooled Ice Machines

Air cooled ice machines cool the condenser and push hot air away from the machine into the surrounding environment with a fan. These types of machines need lots of space to operate in so that the hot air being expelled has plenty of room to move around. Being the most cost-effective, these are the most common condenser systems on commercial ice machines.

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Installation Requirements for a Manitowoc Commercial Ice Machine

Manitowoc Commercial Ice Machine Checklist - Automatic Icemakers

We’ve serviced over ice machines across Chicago. 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

Cost of Commercial Manitowoc Ice Machines

When buying a Manitowoc commercial ice maker, the initial cost can be anywhere between $1,500 to $10,000. That price doesn’t include the cost of installation or additional ice storage. As well as these, there are several additional costs to expect:

Manitowoc Ice Maker Maintenance

Manitowoc Ice Maker Maintenance

Preventative maintenance visits for a Manitowoc commercial ice maker can cost up to $300 per visit. With two visits per year, you should be budgeting a minimum of $600 a year towards maintenance. If you skip maintenance visits, not only will your ice machine produce less ice consistently, but it may also lead to expensive repairs later on.

Manitowoc Ice Maker Water Filters

Manitowoc Water Filters

Sediment or minerals in the water are trapped in water filters to avoid damaging the machine. An ice machine water filter can cost between $15-$100 dollars, depending on which brand your ice machine technician recommends. If water filters are not replaced every few months, your ice production could decrease and the ice you get won’t be great quality. Challenging environments, like Chicago bakeries or breweries, depending on the brand. Water filters need replacing every few months or your ice machine could start to produce smaller, may cause you to replace the filters more often due to more airborne particles.

Manitowoc Ice Machine Breakdowns

Manitowoc Breakdowns

An ice machine repair is always an inconvenience whether it costs a few hundred dollars or thousands. By keeping up with maintenance and cleaning, you can avoid costly repairs. When repairs are needed, here’s an example of what certain repairs may cost:

  • Control Sensor Repair - $150
  • Expansion Valve Repair - $600
  • Compressor Repair - $1500
  • Evaporator Repair - $2500

Additionally, you will have to pay for backup ice while your machine is down. This can cost over $100 extra per day if you need 500 lbs. of ice for example.

Manitowoc Commercial Ice Makers Included in
Our All-Inclusive Ice Machine Program

Here at Automatic Icemakers, we work hard to keep Manitowoc commercial ice makers in peak condition for our Chicago-area customers. We provide preventive maintenance, cleaning and any repairs at no extra cost. Everything in our program is always included in our already low, fixed monthly price!

Preventative Maintenace

Per manufacturers recommendations, ice machines need at least two preventive maintenance visits a year. With Automatic Icemakers, you’ll get that and more! Having routine maintenance visits allows us to check the machine for any potential problems so that they are always running the best condition.


Ice machines can be unpredictable, which is why we include repairs in our program. If you ever have an issue with your Manitowoc commercial ice maker, give us a call and we will fix it for no additional charge, including parts and labor.

Breakdown Ice

While you’re waiting on an ice machine repair, we know how much trouble buying replacement ice can be. Our program includes Breakdown Ice so that your business can keep running even when your ice machine isn’t. If we can’t get the ice out to you quick enough, we'll credit your account for the ice you purchase.

We Make it Simple to find the Best Manitowoc Commercial Ice Maker for Your Business

If you need assistance choosing the best Manitowoc commercial ice maker for your business, contact us and we will point you in the right direction. Our experts have extensive experience sizing ice machines for any industry in Illinois.