Caring For Your Business's Walk-In Refrigerator

A walk-in cooler will be a critically important appliance for your restaurant. If you are new to owning a restaurant, you may not have experience with maintaining a walk-in cooler. Luckily, these powerful refrigeration systems may not be as difficult to maintain as you think.

Regularly Clean The Interior Of The Cooler

Keeping the interior of the cooler clean will be important for minimizing food contamination and the risk of individuals being injured in accidents. However, it can also provide mechanical benefits. When the interior of the cooler is allowed to become extremely dirty or cluttered, it can put additional strain on the cooling system. This is due to the energy needs to cool these materials as well as reduced interior airflow from clogged vents.

Change The Seals When They Become Worn

The seals around the door of the walk-in cooler will be essential for preventing cooled air from escaping through the sides of the large door. Changing worn seals will help to extend the life of your system by reducing the wear and tear on the cooling system while also improving the overall performance of the system. For most walk-in coolers, these seals should be changed yearly to ensure this vital appliance performs at peak performance.

Avoid Leaving The Door Open While The System Is Running

When you are cleaning or otherwise working in the interior of the cooler, you should avoid leaving the door open. This can put tremendous strain on the cooling system as it will have to work to compensate for the air escaping through the open door. It may be somewhat inconvenient to need to regularly open and close the door, but reducing the energy usage and wear on the cooling system will be worth suffering this minor annoyance.

Keep A Wall Thermometer In The Cooler

If a walk-in cooler starts to experience performance problems or malfunctions, you may not realize it immediately as it may still feel cool or cold in the cooler. However, it may be warmer than is needed to effectively slow food spoilage. By keeping a large wall thermometer in the walk-in cooler, you will be able to notice when the temperature is higher than normal so that you can quickly take corrective action. To help your employees recognize this problem, you should write on the thermometer the temperature that it should read so that employees will know when the temperature is incorrect. This should be reviewed with all your employees so that they will know to check it when they are in the cooler.

To learn more, reach out to a commercial refrigeration installation service.