How To Clean An Ice Machine Air Condenser October 27 2014, 0 Comments

Ice machines come in 3 main flavors, water-cooled, remote, and air-cooled.  The types refer to their condenser type, with air-cooled being the most prone to having a dirty condenser, which in turns hurts the efficiency of the ice machine and in some cases stops it from operating at all.  Because the air condenser is so important, Manitowoc and Koolaire recommend you clean it at least once every six months.

To properly clean the air condenser on a Manitowoc or Koolaire ice machine, follow these steps.

  1. Shine a flashlight through the condenser to check for dirt between the fins.
  2. Blow compressed air or rinse with water from the inside out(opposite direction of airflow).
  3. If dirt still remains call a service agent to clean the condenser(they will have chemical to treat the condenser without damaging the fins).

By keeping the ice makers air condenser clean, you are helping it run more efficiently.  This will save on energy costs and ensure the ice machine continues running.  If the air condenser becomes clogged, it could cause the machine to heat up, and eventually shut down on high head pressure.

If you have any questions about cleaning your air condenser, please email us at so that we can help.

Cleaning the condenser of your ice machine should be part of it's normal maintenance schedule.  For more information on regular maintenance, please view these additional articles.

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