Tips & Tricks For Keeping Your Walk-In Freezer Running Like A Champ
Running any commercial kitchen space is a balancing act to make sure that all the moving pieces work in unison. Once in unison, things run smoothly until there’s a hiccup, and then you’re scrambling to get the balance back. This is why it’s so important to ensure that your kitchen equipment, especially an appliance as crucial to your every day kitchen as a walk-in cooler or freezer is working correctly. Downtime for a walk-in unit can not only cause temporary kitchen downtime but could also lead to loss of inventory as well if you are forced to toss out stored food items. Here are some tips that can help ensure your walk-in freezer or cooler is working correctly and not at risk for failure:
Whether it is a walk-in cooler or freezer, making sure the temperature is being properly kept inside the unit is important for so many reasons. For starters if the temperature is not correct inside the unit then you may have potential damage to the walk-in components or the actual structure of the walk-in. Check the door, door frame, and door gaskets for any signs of wear and tear. Also check for any visual damage to the floor or walls of the walk-in as any structural damage could result in degraded integrity of the shell that don’t allow for proper temperature control. Next up is looking around for any signs of condensation or ice buildup inside of the unit. Any ice or moisture buildup means that the components are not properly regulating the moisture and could mean there is an issue, either with the components or the draining system. Check the evaporation coils to see if they are dirty or damaged - coils are susceptible to dust build up that can be easily cleaned, but if left uncleaned could lean to issues.
If anything seems off when doing your brief inspection it is highly recommended you reach out to a walk-in cooler or freezer technician. Always hire a certified and licensed technician and have them come out to do a full inspection whenever you think an issue may be occurring. Something as small as a dirty coil or a semi-blocked drain line can cause minor issues at first, but can lead to big problems down the line. For example dirty coil that is left uncleaned can lead to the evaporator over-working more than usual, leading to stress on the unit that may eventually lead to the evaporator unit components failing. The snowball effect can lead to significant repairs needed and can lead to expensive repair bills and unknown kitchen downtime. A certified technician will come in and check the interior and exterior of the cooler for any signs of damage, as well as maintain and repair any issues with the components of the cooler. Regular maintenance of the parts and equipment of the walk-in cooler will help ensure proper functioning and a longer live span. Following the steps above will help to keep your walk-in cooler up and operational without much downtime. HoodMart and our team of experts are available to help answer any your questions. You can also check out our walk-in builder tool to get a better idea of what you may need and the price of the right walk-in cooler for you.