The door of a walk in unit tends to receive the majority of the daily wear and tear that happens over the lifetime of your cooler or freezer. Employees and customers alike may not think about what daily use does to different components of your walk in unit and may not always be as gentle with your appliance as you’d like. While it is easy to disregard door hinges, handles, and gaskets as insignificant door fixtures, it is actually extremely important to protect and maintain these items.
There are a few precautions you can take to extend the life of your walk in unit as well as its door.
- Proper door installation from the start. Be sure to have a reputable installation service install your walk in unit after you purchase it.
- Offer your door adequate protection. Kick plates provide a layer of extra material between shoes and your walk in door. Kick plates can also protect doors from damage as inventory moves in and out of the your walk in on handcarts or forklifts.
- Be sure to practice regular maintenance. If you do not have self-lubricating hinges, be sure to lubricate door hinges once a year. Regularly wipe down door gaskets with soap and water to ensure that dirt and grime don’t build up. If you notice that door gaskets or sweeps have become stiff or cracked they will need to be replaced.
- Know when to call an expert service technician. If you see extensive frost or condensation build up on your door – it may be time to call an expert and have your walk in serviced.
A properly working door can help you save on energy costs as well as elongate the life of your walk in unit. Following the steps above will ensure that your walk in unit door and entryway remain in working condition and will keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. Feel free to contact our team at Bush Refrigeration with any questions you may have regarding walk in unit doors.