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Commercial Ice Makers

Last Updated: 03/07/18 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A factory-made assembly (not necessarily shipped in one package) consisting of a condensing unit and ice-making section operating as an integrated unit, with means for making and harvesting ice. It is an assembly that makes up to 4,000 lbs of ice per day, and may also include means for storing or dispensing ice, or both. This includes air-cooled and water-cooled ice makers.

Product Details
  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
Product Type

Procurement Info

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Air-Cooled
Water-Cooled
Life Cycle Cost Savings

The new Energy Star version 3.0 performance requirements for automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs) offer end users energy savings ranging from 8 – 20%, depending on size and type. This translates to about $10 – $85 per year, or $100 – $850 over their lifetime when compared to a conventional new model. If all ACIMs sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $325 million each year and nearly 5 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from over 460,000 vehicles.

FEMP has estimated that a qualified water-cooled ice machine can save $640 in utility costs (including both energy and water costs) over the life of the unit. 

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen equipment.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

The effective date for the version 3.0 Energy Star Automatic Commercial Ice Maker specification is January 28, 2018.  Included in this specification are products that meet the definition of an Automatic Commercial Ice Maker as specified by Energy Star that are air-cooled batch or continuous type, and of IMH, RCU, or SCU design.  Air-cooled RCUs designed for connection to remote rack compressors that are alternately sold (with the same model number) with a dedicated remote condensing unit are also eligible for ENERGY STAR qualification (based on measured performance with the associated dedicated condensing unit).

The following products are excluded from the version 3.0 specification: Water-cooled ice makers, ice makers with ice and water dispensing systems, and air-cooled RCUs that are designed only for connection to remote rack compressors.

Substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals, as identified under the SNAP program, may be purchased with the product itself or separately.  In either case, federal agencies must procure and substitute safe alternatives for ozone-depleting substances to the maximum extent practicable.

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