Maintaining Your Walk-In Freezer
Your walk-in freezer is vital to your business. You need it to work properly in order for your business to function. You can help avoid emergency repairs, which often result in the loss of perishable food, by properly maintaining the freezer. Fortunately, as long as you know what you need to do to maintain a walk-in freezer, the process is simple.
Monitor the Temperature Daily
It's important to monitor the temperature inside your walk-in freezer on a daily basis, because if the temperature begins to fluctuate, it could indicate that there's a problem with the freezer. If you can't remember to check and document the temperature inside your walk-in freezer each day, consider installing a monitor system that records the information for you. This way, if there is a problem, you can pull up a daily temperature log to show the repairman in a matter of minutes. Also, in addition to the thermometer that's installed so that you can read the temperature inside the freezer from the outside, you might want to have a backup thermometer mounted inside the freezer. Then, if one thermometer has a problem, you'll still be able to record the daily freezer temperature until the problem is resolved.
Keep it Clean
While it's important to clean the inside of your walk-in freezer on a regular basis, there are other parts of the freezer that you need to clean as well. You should clean the evaporator and condenser coil at least twice per year -- more often if they are located on a unit that sits outside. You should also keep the fan blades clean to keep them running smoothly, and wipe down the door gaskets with soap and water every time you clean. If the door gaskets aren't kept clean, bacteria and mold can grow, eventually causing damage. If the gaskets are damaged, the freezer won't seal properly.
Create a Schedule for Preventative Maintenance
Create a quarterly or semi-annually schedule for preventative maintenance. Having your walk-in freezer inspected and maintained by a professional on a regular basis helps you find small issues before they become massive problems. So, in the long run, regular preventative maintenance can result in your walk-in freezer lasting longer and breaking down less. Additionally, walk-in freezers that are inspected by a professional on a regular basis, typically consume less energy than those that aren't.
If you don't take care of your walk-in freezer properly, you're more likely to have problems. So, take the time to monitor the temperature inside the freezer, keep the freezer clean, and schedule preventative maintenance inspections to avoid paying costly emergency repair bills. Go to sites that focus on walk-in freezer repair for more information.