Hoodmart Guide To Commercial Refrigeration For Your Restaurant Or Business

Building out a new kitchen space or even remodeling an old space comes with a ton of planning. Planning out your kitchen space is ideal for layout, it’s ideal for productivity, and honestly it is ideal for pricing. The more planned out your kitchen project is, the less money you will have to spend. Commercial kitchen spaces are an investment, and you need to treat each purchase as such. This includes appliances such as stove tops, fryers, and your walk-in cooler or freezer. Walk-in units are expensive pieces of necessary equipment and you should know exactly what you need for your restaurant kitchen before purchasing so that you can get the best bang for your buck. There are tons of variables that come into play when choosing your walk-in cooler or freezer, and will play a factor in how you configure and set your unit up.


First steps in determining the ideal set up for your walk-in unit is what you will need to store inside the unit. This will help with the major variable which is if you will need a walk-in cooler or a walk-in freezer, or even both. When items don’t need to be frozen you can go with either a cooler or a freezer set to a lower temperature, thus allowing it to be used as a freezer later down the line. But when stored items need to be stored you must go with a walk-in freezer. 


Once you decide a walk-in cooler vs a walk-in freezer, it’s time to determine the sizing. How much space do you need inside the actual storage area inside your unit? Is the size ideal for where your business is right now, or do you need to go larger to take into considering future growth. It’s a lot better to purchase a walk-in unit that is too large rather than purchase a walk-in unit that you are going to outgrow in a few years. 


After you have determined how much internal space you will need, you need to then determine where the physical unit itself is going to be stored. How big of a space do you have available to fit a walk-in unit? Keep in mind you are going to need space on the exterior wall panels to allow for proper ventilation around the unit. You want to also take into account wear & tear - if there are carts, moving equipment, other storage, etc. in the area where you are thinking about putting the walk-in unit you are putting the exterior wall panels at risk of damage. 


If you can’t fit the walk-in inside your building, is there a space outside where you can put the unit. Remember that there are both indoor and outdoor options for walk-in coolers and freezers so it may make more sense to place the unit outside. 


Regardless of whether or not the unit is indoors or outdoors you will need to determine if you need flooring. Unless you are placing the walk-in cooler or freezer on a perfectly level, solid concrete slab then you are going to almost definitely need to have flooring installed for your walk-in. Take into consideration the amount of foot traffic and the weight of storage racks, boxes, etc. when picking out what strength / material floor you are going to go with. 


Lastly - make sure whatever walk-in unit you are considering purchasing is up to all city and / or county code requirements. It will be terrible to finally get your walk-in cooler or freezer delivered and installed, only to find out that it doesn’t pass inspection for whatever reason. Always double check local code requirements and ensure the unit meets said requirements before making your purchase.


You should view purchasing a walk-in cooler or freezer as an investment, and as such you should do your research and due-dilligence before you purchase. Doing so can not only save you constant headaches down the line, but also help save you money in the long run. If you still have any questions, or would like to speak to a professional on the best ways to measure out and get the best pricing on a walk-in unit, HoodMart specialists are available to help answer any questions you may have and to guide you through the process of purchasing the perfect walk-in cooler or freezer. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.855.411.6386 or by contacting us through our live chat system.