Questions To Ask Yourself When Purchasing or Replacing A Walk-In Cooler or Refrigerator

Whether it be because you are starting a new kitchen, expanding an existing kitchen, or your old walk-in unit has finally given up and broke, getting a new walk-in cooler can be a daunting task. Walk-in coolers and refrigerators have different requirements for different buildings and kitchens, and they are way too expensive to be buying anything that you can find. To find the perfect walk-in cooler for your operation, you need to ask yourself some questions.

1) What Items Are You Storing?

What you are storing in your walk-in cooler can help determine what size and power walk-in unit you may need. The more dense the food is, the longer it takes to chill properly. A walk-in refrigerator that is used to store product can likely be significantly less powerful that a walk-in unit that is being used to store lets say slabs of raw meat.

2) What Type of Door?

The door is the main component of a walk-in unit that seals the temperature in and keeps the exterior air out. Because of this reason they are designed to take a lot of wear-and-tear and daily use. If you have a unit that is constantly being accessed you may want to consider a heavy-duty door with premium hinges that can handle the constant in-and-out of employees. Kick plates can be installed or both sides of the door to prevent damage from hitting the door with carts while transporting items. Self-closing hinges and strip curtains also help keep the temperature inside the unit by effectively keeping the hot air out and the cold air in.

3) Do You Need A Floor?

Unless your walk-in unit is being installed on a perfectly level concrete slab, the chances are you are going to need a floor installed for your walk-in unit. Take into consideration the load on the floor as well. Are you going to be installing heavy duty shelves inside the unit, and are you going to be using a cart for moving the items in and out? These are all things to take into consideration.

4) Does The Manufacturer Provide The Entire Unit?

This may seem silly but when buying your walk-in cooler or refrigerator you need to make sure that you are getting the entire set up, including the actual walk-in, a compressor, an evaporator, and a condenser. You can buy these components separate from the actual insulated shell of the walk-in, but then you are dealing with different manufacturers, different installations, different warranties... all things that can lead to headaches down the line. If you can get everything packaged together from one distributor or manufacturer it will make the whole process much smoother now and in the future.

Lastly - make sure that you check the warranty on whatever unit you are going to purchase. Walk-in coolers and refrigerators are put through daily wear and tear, not only physically but with the components as well, and you need to make sure that the warranty provides a good amount of coverage over a decent amount of time. 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 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.