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Whether for a restaurant, office, fish counter or medical facility, understanding the lifespan of an ice machine is crucial for making informed decisions and managing your investment effectively.

Leading brands state the average life of a commercial ice machine is around 10 years, however, the following six variables will affect the life of an ice machine:


The durability and quality of materials used in manufacturing an ice machine can significantly impact its lifespan. Opting for trusted brands known for their reliability can make a real difference, such as Follett, Hoshizaki, Scotsman and Manitowoc. 


The location where the ice machine is installed makes a big difference. High temperatures, humidity levels, and excessive dust can strain the machine and impact its overall lifespan. It’s crucial to provide proper ventilation and regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity.


Hard water can cause mineral build-up, affecting performance and longevity. Using a water filtration system or regularly descaling the machine can help mitigate these issues and prolong its life.


Like any other appliance, regular maintenance is important. Cleaning, sanitising, and following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, such as cleaning the condenser coils, sanitising the ice bin, and replacing worn-out parts, can prevent breakdowns and ensure smooth operation for years to come.


Higher usage and continuous operation can put more strain on the machine’s components. Make sure you get a machine that matches your specific daily ice production needs. 


Advances in technology can lead to improved efficiency. Upgrading to newer models with innovative features may offer better durability and energy-saving capabilities.


While the exact lifespan of an ice machine can vary depending on the factors mentioned above, a well-maintained and properly used machine can typically last 10 years or longer. By considering the points raised above, you can maximise the life of your ice machine investment.

Remember, regular maintenance, adherence to manufacturer recommendations, and proactive troubleshooting can also significantly contribute to the longevity and efficiency of your ice machine, ultimately saving you time and money in the long run.



Ice Cool Servicing can provide a comprehensive maintenance plan that will help keep your ice machine running, for longer.  Click on the button below to find out more about our service plans. Alternatively, contact us if you’re looking for advice, or upgrade your existing machine

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