The Components That Make Up Your Walk-In Cooler or Refrigerator and What They Do

Owning and operating a kitchen space requires not only knowing your way around the kitchen, but also knowing your way around each of the appliances and other items that help keep the kitchen space running smoothly. Obviously preparing the food is absolutely crucial to the restaurant, but each appliance makes it possible for that preparation to occur. If one appliance goes it can be disastrous for the kitchen. Storing the food is no different, as any issues with a walk-in cooler or refrigerator could mean that no food can be stored, you need tot throw out existing items, and essentially puts the kitchen at a stand-still while costing the restaurant money. To best prevent problems with your units, it is best to understand what components make up your walk-in unit and what they do. There are 3 major components to every walk-in cooler or refrigerator:

EVAPORATOR - the evaporator is responsible for freezing the moisture in the air to help create a protective barrier for heat transfer to occur. Because of the freezing that occurs it can be common for ice and frost to build up on the evaporator unit, however that is why there is a built in defrost cycle that helps to melt and drain the excess liquid from the system. If for some reason you are noticing that the ice or frost is continuously not being melted and drained there could be a problem with the evaporator, and you should call a certified technician to come out and investigate ASAP.

CONDENSER - the condenser is responsible for removing heat from the walk-in unit. This is done using fans that help to vent out and move hot air from inside the unit to the exterior of the unit. Typical signs of a malfunctioning or damaged condenser can be higher discharge temperatures, which is indicative of dirty condenser coils or damaged fans. If you notice any problems with the condenser you should call a certified technician to come out ASAP as a prolonged issue with the condenser would cause more damage to the other components as well.

COMPRESSOR - the compressor is designed to work in conjunction with the evaporator and the condenser to add pressure to the refrigerant in the system. When refrigerant increases in pressure it helps to absorb the heat and thus cool down the air. Once the heat is removed the refrigerant then evaporates into a gas state and makes it way back to the compressor. Things to look out for with a compressor are drops in temperature or a lack of cooling.

These 3 major components work in a cyclical fashion to ensure that your walk-in cooler or refrigerator stays functional. If for some reason you think that there is a problem with any component, or that your walk-in unit just isn't working correctly for whatever reason, it is highly suggested that you all a certified technician to come out and give your unit a look over. Being diligent with the components could help prevent more costly damage to the components, needing to replace parts, and essentially having to replace your unit. 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.