Restaurant owners know how critical a walk-in cooler and freezer are to their success. However, emergency repairs are sometimes needed and the cost can be quite expensive. The potential loss of perishable food if the mechanical issues continue without immediate repairs can also be damaging.
Some unexpected repairs for walk-in coolers and freezers could be avoided with a regular maintenance program in place. It is smart to schedule preventive maintenance on all of your food service equipment in order to ensure each piece lasts as long as possible. Here are six commercial maintenance tips you can use for your walk-in cooler and freezer.
Keep the walk-in cooler and freezer clean
Using soap and water is the best method to clean a walk-in cooler and freezer, because harsh chemical cleansers might do harm to the metal surfaces. The chemicals inside the cleanser could remove the oils off the steel as well. You should also sweep and mop the surrounding area and the inside floor of your walk-in cooler and freezer. This prevents debris from accumulating over time. Any unexpected spills inside the cooler and freezer should be cleaned up immediately to avoid any threat of having the liquid freeze on the surface. It is important to avoid this situation because it could be dangerous to the food stored inside the equipment.
Clean evaporator fan coils and blades
It is important to schedule regular appointments with your maintenance technician to clean the evaporator coils on your cooler and freezer. The appointment should also include an inspection. The technician should check the coils and blades for effectiveness and replace them immediately if they are damaged.
Inspect door seals and hinges
The door hinge on your walk-in cooler and freezer should be lubricated on a quarterly basis. You should also check the seal to see if the door is closing properly. All you have to do to test the seal is look for resistance when opening and closing the door in a natural manner. Never leave the door of a walk-in cooler and freezer open for an extended period of time, as it will increase the temperature inside the unit. The door should be closed at all times, except when an employee is entering and exiting the unit during work hours.
Check the operational level of the evaporator and condensing unit
The area surrounding the evaporator and condensing unit should be clear in order to ensure proper airflow within the equipment. Do not let trash or other debris to gather inside or around the walk-in cooler and freezer. This will negate the effectiveness of the evaporator and condensing unit.
Monitor daily temperature
Fluctuations in temperature inside the walk-in cooler and freezer are a clear indication that the unit isn’t working properly. Some sophisticated cooling systems record and store a ten year operational history on a built-in computer program. This technology helps repair technicians to quickly diagnose mechanical issues within the unit. Most walk-in coolers and freezers have an alert mechanism that will warn you if a potential mechanical problem is arising.
Set up a maintenance program with an experienced technician
Setting up a regular maintenance program will help to ensure your walk-in cooler or freezer stays in good working condition for its entire lifespan. You should choose a refrigeration technician that is experienced enough to detect wear-and-tear on the unit and replace certain parts immediately. Doing this can save your business money in emergency repair fees. Maintaining your maintenance schedule should prevent a shutdown of your kitchen on a busy night inside the restaurant.
When it comes to choosing kitchen equipment, there is no “one size fits all” solution for every restaurant. Ultimately, it is necessary to choose the right equipment to fulfill your restaurant’s specific needs. Golden Light Equipment Company can help you choose the right equipment for your food service operations. We also provide maintenance services so you won’t have to worry about your equipment breaking down. Give us a call today at (806) 373-4277 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our Products and Services. You can also stop by in person at 1010 SW 6th Ave. in Amarillo, Texas.