If you run a commercial catering company or have some kind of restaurant or cafe, you may have a walk-in freezer. These are extremely practical appliances for storing food and drink safely. As they have an important role to play in the success of your business, they deserve a lot of your time and attention. Especially when it comes to running them efficiently and ensuring that you get as long as lifespan out of your as possible. If you are looking to extend the lifespan of your walk-in fridge, you will find the following post useful. We will discuss eight great tips to help you do this.
Regularly Check the Door Seals
The doors of your walk-in fridge should be kept shut at all times, as anytime they are open you are allowing unregulated and often warmer air to get in and allowing a lot of the cool air that is keeping your goods and food stored out. Therefore, it is essential that you regularly check that the door seals are working as they should and that no air escapes or can enter into the fridge. The best, and easiest, way to do this is by closing the fridge door with a piece of paper in place. Now, try to pull the piece of paper out. If there is resistance and you can’t easily pull the paper out, the door seals are still working effectively.
Regularly Clean the Walk-in Fridge Interior
Obviously, if you are keeping the food and produce that your business and its success relies upon, you need to make sure that the place you are storing them is suitably clean and hygienic. A simple mixture consisting of warm water and mild soap is ideal. You should avoid the use of harsh chemicals though, as not only can this cause damage to the fridge’s finish, there are some chemicals that can break down the galvanized steel.
Keep Walk-in Fridge Doors Closed at All Times
As with the domestic fridge you have in your home, you need to follow the same practices with your commercial walk-in fridge and ensure that the door is kept closed, especially when it is not in use. Propping or blocking the door open can make the temperature rise, and not only cause problems for the food and produce stored inside it, but also force the fridge to work even harder than it normally does. If you don’t adopt good working practices that ensure that the fridge is only kept open for as long as it needs, you are likely to have to pay for repairs and replacements sooner rather than later.
Make sure the Lights Turn Off When You Close the Door
You need to regularly ensure that the lights turn off when you close the door to the walk-in fridge in your business property. The lights in the fridge produce a certain amount of heat energy, that can affect the interior temperature and make your fridge work harder to keep the temperature balanced if they are on even when the door is closed.
Keep the Area Around the Fridge Clean and Tidy
You need to be able to access your fridge easily and quickly so that you don’t have to have the door open for too long each time. So, it makes sense to keep the area around the fridge clean and tidy and free of obstructions that can slow down the use of the fridge.
While we hope that the above tips will help you to ensure your walk-in fridge has as long as lifespan as possible, we know that sometimes things can go wrong. When they do, that’s when you should consider contacting ADK.co.uk and arranging for one of their fridge and freezer technicians to come out and see if we can help. Even if you just want some advice, they are always happy to help.