When Should Your Replace Your Walk-In Cooler Or Freezer?
All appliances have an expected life-span, especially those kitchen components and appliances that are used constantly day in and day out. Basic cleaning and maintenance can help keep your stove, dishwasher, exhaust hood, and other kitchen appliances running for years and years, and the same goes for your kitchen's walk-in cooler or freezer. But just like every other appliance there comes a time and a place when the repair and maintenance costs far outweigh what it would cost to buy and install a new unit. The question is though - at what point should you replace your walk-in cooler or freezer?
Most walk-in units are covered under some sort of warranty, so if you recently purchased the unit and are having minor problems it very well may be covered under your manufacturer's warranty so it's always best to look there first. A replacement part or repair provided through the manufacturer warranty often times will make the walk-in unit work like new and greatly extended the lifetime of your cooler or freezer. If you are out of warranty then you should call a local certified and licensed cooler or freezer technician to come out and quote on any repairs or maintenance that is needed. Depending on how old your unit is the costs for a simple fix up could be relatively low, and paying the costs to bring the walk-in cooler or freezer back to working condition is a no-brainer. If you start having to pay time-and-time again to keep repairing the walk-in to make it funcitonal - that is when it may be time to look into upgrading or buying a new walk-in.
Over time new technological advances come into play, including new energy efficiency technology. If you are noticing that your electricty bill is constantly going up and up, it is very likely that your walk-in cooler or freezer is at fault. Older units not only are less energy efficient and could have high monthly operating costs, the older the walk-in components get the less efficient they become, causing them to work harder and using more energy to do so. A higher electricity bill could be the sign of a potential issue with your walk-in and that may be the first sign that something is up and a walk-in upgrade or replacement may be needed in the near future.
There is no set life-span of a walk-in cooler as many factors come into play regarding the quality of a walk-in unit. Original quality of the insulation, the refrigeration system that was used and how well it was maintained, any structural damage due to accidents… all of these can lead to issues that could shorten the life-span of an effective walk-in cooler or freezer. If you are in need of a new walk-in cooler but are not sure where to start you can use the Hoodmart Walk-In Builder Tool. 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.