How Long Do Countertop Ice Makers Last?

If you live in a hot area, and use a lot of ice in your drinks, then you have probably considered investing in a countertop ice maker.

Sure, you can make ice the old-fashioned way, by using an ice cube tray and putting it in your freezer, but this can quickly become tedious. Especially if you go through a lot of ice.

An ice maker just makes things easier. When you want ice, all you need to do is switch on the machine, so it really saves a lot of hassle.

But, before you invest your money in a countertop ice maker, because let’s face it, they aren’t the cheapest of appliances, you probably want to know how long it will last.

In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at how long countertop ice makers usually last, how to know if your ice maker is broken, and how to know when your ice maker needs to be replaced. So to find out more, keep on reading.

Do Countertop Ice Makers Last For A Long Time?

First things first, let’s take a look at the life expectancy of an ice maker. Seldom do people measure life expectancy in years, instead most people choose to measure life expectancy through words such as “short” and “long”.

So, do countertop ice makers last for a long time?

Well, the answer to this question will depend entirely on what you consider to be a “long time”. Most of the time, a “long time” will be measured in relation to the amount of money that you spent on the machine.

So, if you bought a budget or second hand ice maker, and only spent a small amount on it, you might consider a long time to be just a year or two.

But, if you spent a lot of money on one of these ice makers, for example a couple of hundred dollars, then it is likely that you would want it to last a lot longer. But how many years, on average, do countertop ice makers usually last? Let’s find out.

How Long Do Countertop Ice Makers Last?

The exact length of time that your ice maker will last depends entirely on your machine.

This will also be influenced by the make and model of the machine that you have bought, and how often you use it.

All of these factors combined could increase or decrease the life expectancy of your countertop ice maker.

Some people expect their ice maker to last for around 10 years, but most of the time this is wishful thinking.

It is rare for an ice maker to last for this long, especially if you get a lot of use out of your ice maker.

Generally speaking, 10 years is a little ambitious, instead the average life expectancy for a countertop ice maker is around half of this.

So, you should expect your countertop ice maker to last for around 4-5 years.

Most countertop ice makers are designed to last for at least the length of the warranty that comes with the appliance.

So, if you check the warranty for your machine, this will give you a rough idea of the minimum amount of time that your ice maker should last.

Most of the time, countertop ice makers will last longer than this, as long as you keep up the maintenance of the machine and take good care of it.

How Do You Know If Your Ice Maker Is Broken?

But, just because your countertop ice maker comes with a lengthy warranty, this doesn’t mean that it won’t break before this.

After all, the warranty is there to cover you if your ice maker encounters any problems early on in its life.

If you do expect that your ice maker is beginning to experience issues, it is important that you use the warranty to get these seen right away. Otherwise, the damage could become so bad that the warranty will not cover it.

So, how can you tell if your ice maker is beginning to experience issues? Let’s take a look.

There are some signs to watch out for if you expect that your ice maker is beginning to break, these include:

  • The ice cubes are smelling or tasting bad/off.
  • The ice cubes melting prematurely while they are still in the ice maker.
  • The machine is not producing the correct style of ice (i.e., a solid ice cube maker producing hollow ice cubes).
  • A leak anywhere in the design of the ice maker.
  • The ice maker failed to produce any ice, at all.

If your ice maker begins to experience any of these issues, this is a sign that your ice maker is beginning to break.

As long as you catch these issues, then you will usually be able to get your ice maker fixed under the warranty.

So, if you spot any of these problems, contact the manufacturer to discuss getting the issue investigated and fixed.

What To Check If Your Ice Maker Stops Working

While the issues above are a sign that your ice maker is breaking, you might also discover this by simply finding that your ice maker will not work.

This could include your ice maker refusing to switch on, your ice maker failing to produce any ice, and so on.

If your ice maker isn’t working, you shouldn’t panic because there could be an easy fix for this.

Here Are Some Things To Check Before You Panic:

  • Check that the on/off switch on your ice maker is switched ‘on’.
  • Check that the mains plug for your ice maker is connected to the electricity.
  • Double check that the mains electricity is switched on for the ice maker.

When you first read these, you might think that these things are just obvious, but you will be surprised how many times people think their ice maker has broken only to find that it wasn’t switched on.

If you have checked the electrical connections, and your ice maker is still not working, you should contact the manufacturer and use the warranty. But, if your ice maker is out of warranty, this could be a sign that your ice maker needs to be replaced.

How Do You Know If You Need A New Ice Maker?

Most of the time, you will simply be able to tell that you need a new ice maker.

This will usually be because your ice maker is old, out of warranty, and starting to experience issues that suggest it is breaking.

If your ice maker was newer, and still in warranty, it would likely be worth getting it repaired because it wouldn’t cost you anything.

But, if your ice maker is out of warranty, then it is probably better to just replace your ice maker.

The cost of repairing it, especially if the problem is a large one, will likely be higher than the cost of simply buying a new one.

So, if your ice maker is broken, then it is best to check the warranty before you decide to replace or repair it.


In short, generally speaking the majority of countertop ice makers will last for around 4-5 years.

But some will last longer than this.

To get an idea of how long your ice maker will last, you should check out the warranty, as this is usually the minimum length which your ice maker will last for.