The Importance Of Proper Walk-In Cooler & Freezer Temperatures

Implementing regular maintenance for your commercial walk-in cooler or freezers is important to keeping your unit(s) working as optimal as possible. Ideally you want to check every few weeks or months that the temperature inside of the walk-in unit matches the set temperature on the thermostat. If not, well… you may have a problem. 


If your internal temperature readings are off from what they should be set at, you might have a bigger problem brewing. For one, you will likely see increased charges on your monthly utility bill. This usually means that there is an issue that is causing the components such as the fan running extra hard to keep up with the internal temperature. When these components are pushed extra hard it can lead to damage to said components as they are designed to work in an optimal manner, and when they are pushed to the point of excess it can cause irreparable damage. That is why checking the internal temperature of the walk-in unit is so important, because if it’s off it is a nearly sure shot there is something wrong with your unit. 


So what should you do if you see the internal temperature of your unit is off? For one, do a visual inspection of the entire unit, including the internal and external wall panels, the door and door gasket, and look around the stored items in your unit for any signs of ice or other forms of moisture build up. Check the wall panels for any signs of damage that may have occurred. If there appears to be any signs of damage, such as a puncture or tear in the metal, it may need to be repaired or replaced as these punctures could be allowing cool air to escape and the warm air outside the unit to seep in. Look for similar damage to the unit’s door, then check the door gasket and door sweeps. If the door gasket or door sweeps show signs of use and damage they may need to be replaced as these components are crucial to ensure an air-tight seal when the door is closed. You should take time to inspect the refrigeration components for signs of dust and debris build up, especially on the evaporator and condenser coils, as well as the fan blades and all the electrical connections. Regularly cleaning these items can help prevent these build ups which can cause damage. And lastly, check around near the stored items for any signs of ice, moisture build up, etc. Excess moisture can be a dead giveaway that something is wrong, whether its a clogged drain line, air leaking in through the door, or damage to the exterior panels. 


While the routine checks can be a bit time-consuming, they will almost always help prevent a smaller issue from turning into a bigger issue. It also helps to catch any problems early as they are usually much easier and cheaper to fix in their infancy as opposed to fixing or replacing components later on down the line when the small problem has caused a bigger problem. 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.