Walk-in coolers are a critical part of the functioning of many food services businesses. A breakdown or temperature fluctuation can quickly lead to spoiled food, lost revenue and even a citation from the health department. Knowing the warning signs of a malfunctioning commercial cooler can save you a bundle in the long run.
Alertness is key! Keep your eyes and ears attuned to these potential problems:
Puddle trouble: Damp or wet floors may indicate a damaged seal, which could be letting out cool air and adding to your utility bill. Mold and mildew could also develop, posing a dangerous health risk.
What’s that smell?: When coolant and refrigerant is leaking from your refrigerator, it creates a distinct, unpleasant odor that can be reminiscent of cleaning chemicals or certain gasses.
Temperature Fluctuations: Health department regulations, as well as the quality of your ingredients, require certain foods to be stored at particular temperatures. Refrigeration slows bacterial growth. This bacteria grows and multiplies the fastest between 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause a serious health risk. The safest temperature to keep food stored is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hot or Noisy Motor
Motors that hum quietly along are music to the ears for business owners with walk-in coolers. But if that hum becomes louder, or you hear a knocking or squealing, this is a sign that something could be wrong — or that something's about to go wrong.
Walk-In King offers the highest quality, energy efficient commercial walk-in coolers. Choose from designs tailored to your business, or work with our team to create a custom cooler for your unique needs. With over 20 years of experience, you can count on us for all your commercial walk-in cooler needs! Contact us today to request an estimate.