6 Ways To Maintain Your Commercial Walk-In Cooler And Freezer

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
commercial kitchen equipment maintenance

Your walk-in cooler and freezer are essential to the success of your business. You know that emergency maintenance can be costly, and the potential loss of perishables can take even more from the profit of your business. In many cases, equipment malfunctions are preventable through proper maintenance. Developing schedules for proactive maintenance of your walk-in cooler and freezer prolong the life and operation time of these appliances. Here are some tips you can use to get the most out of your equipment.

Keep the cooler and freezer clean at all times

Using soap and water is the best way to clean a walk-in cooler and freezer. If you use harsh chemicals to clean, you might damage the metal surfaces. Sweep and mop the floors and remove debris in these areas. You should also clean spills immediately to prevent frozen buildup that could contaminate perishables.

Develop a schedule for cleaning evaporator fan coils and blades

Fan coils and blades need to be cleaned quarterly and inspected regularly. It is important to replace them as soon as possible when they are damaged to assure proper operation of your appliances. Staying on track with your cleaning schedule can help prevent costly breakdowns caused by build-up of dirt, frost, and residues.

Inspect door hinges and seals regularly

When the doors to your walk-in cooler and freezer close, you need to make sure that the seals are functioning properly. Door hinges should be lubricated at least four times per year depending upon how many people access these areas. The door should not be propped open for long periods of time. Make sure the door is always closed unless you are going in or out of the cooler or freezer.

Check to see if your condensing unit is operating properly

The areas around your condensing units and evaporators should be kept free of clutter so that these parts have proper airflow. Do not allow debris or trash to accumulate anywhere around your walk-in cooler or freezer.

Monitor temperatures every day

Fluctuations in walk-in cooler and freezer temperatures might mean that something is not working properly. A minimum of 10 years of operation history can be recorded by cooler control systems. These recordings help technicians with problem diagnosis and can help you know when your equipment may have issues. A light goes off if a fault is detected to warn you of an issue with your unit as well.

Set up a scheduled maintenance program with your refrigeration technician

The best way to keep your walk-in cooler and freezer working as it should is to schedule routine inspections and maintenance. A qualified refrigeration expert should know what kinds of wear and tear to look for. Early detection of issues with your appliances can make a huge difference in the operation of your equipment and help prevent expensive emergency situations.

Get professional HVAC-R maintenance in Amarillo, Texas

If you need help with your walk-in cooler or freezer, contact the experts at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas today. Our team can help you with inspections, maintenance, and installation, as well as help you set up a maintenance schedule. Call us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our Commercial HVACR and Commercial Kitchen Maintenance services.