Is your walk-in freezer running? …yes? Well, what are you talking to me for? Go catch it!

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Having a faulty cooling system can be absolutely infuriating if you are running a restaurant or grocery store. You can practically calculate your losses on an hourly basis as food begins to thaw and become unsalvageable. The longer your walk-in freezer remains out of service, the more merchandise becomes unavailable. Worse yet, the longer your freezer is out of service, the larger the order you will have to place next time with your supplier. Now that we are in a time of supply-chain shortages, there isn’t much room for waste. The best way to prevent these losses is to have a plan for walk-in freezer maintenance. We have put together a simple quarterly checklist for you to follow so you can continue to supply your customers with delicious food.

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Walk-in Freezer Preventive Maintenance Checklist

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6 Tips for Walk-in Freezer Maintenance

  1. Keep the door of your walk-in freezer closed when not in use. Avoid propping the door open for long periods of time. In other words, unless you are entering and exiting, keep that door closed.
  2. Never pile anything on top of your walk-in freezer as this can cause damage to the ceiling panels.
  3. Hinges should be lubricated on a yearly basis. Doing so ensures that they close properly, which also helps save on energy. Mind you, some hinges use self-lubricating nylon cams. If this is the case for your walk-in freezer, there’s no need to lubricate these.
  4. Ensure that the lights are off when you exit the walk-in freezer. Why? Lights produce heat, which is the last thing you want in your walk-in freezer. Leaving the lights on will force your unit to work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
  5. Ensure that the area around the refrigerator is not cluttered. Remove debris on a regular basis.
  6. Add your walk-in freezer to your equipment inventory in the Equips web application. That way, if you need maintenance, you can have your unit repaired faster, and with fewer headaches.

Walk-in Freezer Preventive Maintenance Checklist

  • Check to make sure the compressor is operating properly. If the compressor fails, the entire unit may need to be replaced.
  • Inspect electrical connections. Loose electrical connections are the cause of many equipment failures, including walk-in freezers.
  • Measure refrigerant levels. Low refrigerant levels reduce the efficiency of your walk-in freezer and can increase your energy bill. Also check for leaking coolant, as this can result in an EPA violation, which nobody wants.
  • Check your unit’s temperature settings. If your temperature is too high, food may spoil. However, if the temperature is set too low, the refrigeration system might overwork itself and break down. The ideal temperature for most walk-in freezers is -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure that all latches and hinges are tight so that cold air does not leak out of the unit.
  • Clean the fan blades. Dirt buildup slows the movement of your fan and can cause the motor to work harder than necessary, potentially causing expensive repairs.
  • Clean the condensing and evaporator coils of any dirt buildup. Just as with your fan blades, dirt causes your coils to lose efficiency and can cause bigger, more expensive repairs later on.
  • Calibrate thermometers—doing so will ensure that temperature readings are accurate. This is important to ensure that food is being stored at the optimum temperature.
  • Sit back, relax, and know that you have done everything in your power to prevent expensive walk-in freezer maintenance. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Equips Simplifies Maintenance

Repairs are inevitable. Even if you follow the walk-in freezer maintenance checklist flawlessly, it is still bound to break down eventually. When this happens, your team can not afford to not have a quick solution to the problem. Remember, every hour your unit is down means more money out the window and more merchandise that must be scrapped. To keep this at a minimum, it is crucial that your team knows how to handle the situation.

Service Requests

The easiest way to do this is through the Equips web application. Equips gives your team the tool to get service fast by providing one place to go for all equipment maintenance needs. Simply log in and place a service request. This process takes only about 15 seconds. From there, Equips routes your service request to the party responsible for repairing the asset. You can route requests to internal technicians, or to external service providers.

Database Views

Equips automates your maintenance history so you no longer have to rely on the accuracy of your spreadsheets. Instead, you can create database views that better explain the performance of your equipment, repairs in process, and the amount you have spent on maintenance over specific time periods.

Preventive Maintenance

As discussed, the best way to prevent unnecessary expensive repairs is to be diligent about preventive maintenance. Equips comes with a preventive maintenance scheduling tool so you can book PM ahead of time, so you never forget. This is the easiest way to stick to a PM schedule, and the best way to increase equipment uptime.

Moving Forward

To learn more about how Equips can put you back in control of your equipment assets, be sure to book a demo below. Our solutions team is eager and ready to find the best maintenance solution for your business. Schedule a demo today!

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