Walk In Cooler Safety Checks

When it comes to commercial walk-in refrigeration, the main points of consideration are often the cost of operation, the internal size of the unit, and the general size of the unit for installation. What is often overlooked with a walk-in cooler are the safety aspects. A safely running walk-in unit not only ensures that the unit will keep running efficiently, but also contributes to the safety of the employees and patrons of your establishment.

One of the first things to check on your unit is the refrigerant levels. A properly running unit will have steady refrigerant levels that will ensure that contents inside are stored safely at proper temperatures. If for some reason the refrigerant levels are low, there may be a leak. This is bad for several reasons. A leak will mean that your unit is not being cooling properly and could lead to higher temperatures inside the unit.  A refrigerant leak also could mean that refrigerant is leaking into the air, which can result in heavy fines if a health inspector were to find it. While adding more refrigerant may seem like a quick fix, you should call in a professional to assess the leak and repair any damage.

Regularly check the thermometer and related components to ensure proper operation. The thermometer makes sure internal temperatures are maintained, and too hot or too cold can lead to stored foods going bad.

Check the drain lines and the surrounding areas for any water leaks. Standing water around a walk-in unit is unsanitary and poses a risk to employees walking in and out of the unit.

The walk-in unit’s fans should always be clear and open and never obstructed. The fans work by pushing hot air out of the unit, and if they are unable to properly expel the hot air the system has to work harder to maintain the proper internal temperatures. The harder the system has to work, the greater the risk of component failure and the higher the electric bill.

To help prevent the components of the unit from failing, you should schedule regular maintenance for your walk-in cooler. Electrical components should be tested and checked for faults, and other components such as evaporator coils, condenser coils, and drain lines should be regularly inspected as well to ensure they are working efficiently.