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Commercial Ice Machine Installation Requirements


You’ve decided you need an ice machine for your business. Whether you choose to rent or buy, many different factors will guide you to the machine that you need based on the type of ice you want and the capacity that you need. But when it comes to installing an ice machine, there are a few hard and fast requirements you will need to meet to ensure the efficiency and longevity of your ice maker.

We’ve made the process easier for you by creating a commercial ice machine installation requirements checklist meant to help ensure your business is ready for an ice machine. Let’s get started.

Powerful Source of Electricity

First, you will need a powerful source of electricity — 115V or 220V, depending on the ice machine size. You may also require a dedicated breaker depending on the amperage size.

Floor Drain Within Six Feet

Next, you will need a floor drain within close proximity of your ice maker. Commercial ice machines routinely release water every so often as part of their process. If gallons of water pour from your machine with nowhere to go, you’re in for a mess—and a health code violation.

Water Source with a Shutoff Valve Within Six Feet

Then, you will an adequate water supply source with a shutoff valve near your ice machine.

Conducive Environment

Lastly, there are several factors you will want to consider regarding the space surrounding your ice machine. It’s important that your ice machine has adequate airflow. This is to prevent dust and other debris from clogging your machine and hindering its performance.

You will also want to maintain a room temperature that’s between 45 and 95-degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, it’s always recommended to keep your ice machine inside and away from the kitchen line and hot appliances.

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We hope this quick checklist will help you assess your business before purchasing or renting a commercial ice machine. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or need assistance finding the right machine to meet your needs. In the meantime, feel free to hold onto this as a resource!

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