Ice Makers

Key Considerations

Ice makers are essential for providing ice for beverages or food displays, so it’s crucial to evaluate your needs when hiring an ice maker.

Determine the ice production capacity you need for your activity. Consider the number of guests and the volume of ice required for beverages, chilling food, or creating decorative ice displays. Choose an ice maker that can produce enough ice to meet your demands.

All our ice makers come with built-in storage bins and some have a hands fee dispenser. Assess the storage capacity of the ice maker and its ability to hold the necessary amount of ice until it’s needed. Ice makers can also produce different types of ice, such as cubed or crushed.

For example, cubed ice is suitable for most beverages, while crushed ice is ideal for cocktails and slushy drinks. Ice makers need a water source for ice production and somewhere for waste water to go. Ensure that your location has access to a clean and reliable water supply.

Considering the above factors when hiring an ice maker will ensure that the equipment meets your ice production needs, maintains ice quality, and contributes to the overall success and efficiency of your event.


  • How do you use an ice maker?

    Using an ice maker is simple:

    – Ensure the ice maker is plugged in, the water supply and waste are connected.
    – Turn on the ice maker.
    – The ice maker will automatically begin producing ice.

  • How do you sanitise an ice maker?

    Sanitising is crucial for hygiene. Follow these steps:

    1. Unplug the ice maker.
    2. Empty the ice bin and any remaining ice and water.
    3. Wash this inside of the bin with a manufacturer-approved detergent.
    4. Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior surfaces with the detergent.
    5. Spray the inside of the bin with a sanitiser and allow to air dry.

  • Can you leave the ice maker on all the time?

    Yes, most ice makers are designed for continuous use. They automatically stop producing ice when the bin is full and resume when ice is removed or melts.

  • Do ice makers use a lot of electricity?

    Ice makers typically consume a moderate amount of electricity. Energy usage varies by model and size. We can provide estimated consumption information for specific models upon request.

  • How do commercial ice makers work?

    Commercial ice makers generally operate in cycles:

    – Water is pumped into an evaporator.
    – The evaporator freezes the water, forming ice.
    – The ice is released and drops into a storage bin.
    – The cycle repeats.

  • Are ice makers loud?

    Some noise is normal during operation, as ice is being made and dispensed. However, excessive noise may indicate an issue. If you experience unusual sounds, please contact us.

  • How do you clean an ice maker?

    Regular cleaning is essential. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning guidelines. Generally, you’ll clean the interior with a mild detergent and water, rinse thoroughly, and allow to dry completely.

  • How do you thaw an ice maker?

    If the ice maker freezes up, unplug it and allow it to thaw naturally at room temperature. Never use sharp objects to break up ice, as this can damage the components.

  • Do ice makers keep ice frozen?

    Yes, most ice makers have insulated storage bins to keep the ice frozen. However, the ice will eventually melt if not used within a reasonable timeframe.

  • Do ice makers need a water line?

    Yes, ice makers need to be connected directly to a water line for automatic refilling.

  • Do ice makers turn off automatically?

    Yes, many ice makers have automatic shut-off features when the ice bin is full or the water level is low. This helps prevent overflows and damage.