Follow these ten tips to keep your cooler in great shape:
1. CLEAN THE EVAPORATOR AND CONDENSING COIL TWICE A YEAR.
Dirt and dust can build up on these components over time so it is important to regularly clean them, especially if your walk-in cooler is located outside.
2. DON’T STORE THINGS ON TOP OF A WALK-IN COOLER.
Ceiling panels can be damaged by excessive weight if you stack items on top of a walk-in cooler. It is best to find other areas for storage and leave the top of the cooler clear. In addition, if your cooler is located outside it may be important to occasionally clean debris off the top, the same way you would for the roof of your house.
3. LUBRICATE HINGES ONCE A YEAR.
Hinges need to be lubricated in order to close properly. Some hinges contain self-lubricating components and do not need additional lubricant. Check to see what type of hinges your walk-in is equipped with.
4. TURN LIGHTS OFF WHEN YOUR WALK-IN COOLER ISN’T BEING USED.
Lights produce excess heat so your walk-in cooler will be expending extra energy if you leave the lights on while you aren’t using the cooler. Turning lights off will cut down on energy costs and prevent your walk-in from having to work harder.
5. CLEAR OUT DRAIN LINES ONCE A YEAR.
Drain lines can become clogged over time. Work with a qualified commercial refrigerator technician to ensure that drain lines are free and clear of build up.
6. AVOID USING CERTAIN HARSH CHEMICALS TO CLEAN YOUR WALK IN FREEZER.
Certain cleaners and chemicals can damage the metal surface of your walk-in. It is best to use a soap and water combination for cleaning. It is better to clean your cooler more often with a gentle solution than infrequently with a harsh cleanser.
7. CLEAN DOOR GASKETS.
Bacteria and mold can accumulate on door gaskets over time. Clean them off with soap and water to ensure that they remain clear of debris. In addition, check gaskets for cracks and wear and replace any gaskets that are damaged or stiff.
8. CHECK DOOR SWEEP FOR TEARS.
Door sweeps are essential for an airtight walk-in cooler. If your door sweep is damaged or doesn’t seal properly it is time to replace it.
9. CHECK ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS.
Every so often, hire an electrician to check on your walk-in cooler’s electrical connections. Loose connections can cause energy loss or even lead to a fire hazard.
10. MAKE SURE FAN MOTORS ARE RUNNING EFFICIENTLY.
Dust build-up and debris on fan blades can cause drag and make your motor exert unnecessary energy. Regular maintenance on your fan will keep your cooler from extensive electrical complications.
Did you do all of that and your walk in cooler is still on the fritz? Contact us today at Bush Refrigeration for some help finding a new cooler system!