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Manitowoc troubleshooting It isn't making as much ice as it had been. Initially in the morning the bin would be extremely full. Now it only produces about 15 lbs and takes 26 min between each cycle. What do I need to do to get the production back up?

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Clean the condenser thoroughly, descale and sanitise the waterways inside.

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