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4 Tips For Maintaining Your Commercial Walk-In Freezer

by Feride Halma

Maintenance is very important for restaurants and other businesses that make use of walk-freezers. Keeping to a maintenance schedule can help keep your walk-in freezer in good condition while preventing many of the more common malfunctions that can occur. Here are a few tips that anyone can and should do to maintain their walk-in coolers, refrigerators, or freezers.

1. Monitor the Performance of Your Walk-In Freezer

At the very least, you should keep an eye on the temperature in your freezer. There are many monitoring devices and setups out there specifically designed for this purpose. Some monitoring solutions are simple, and some are complex. It all depends on your needs.

Having some monitoring can alert you to both sudden and gradual changes to the operation of your walk-in freezer. This can help you spot problems before they become larger, more expensive issues.

2. Keep Your Walk-In Freezer Clean

Your freezer contains metal surfaces. Depending on what you keep in the freezer, those surfaces can collect corrosive agents on them. There's also a general collection of dirt and debris from regular use. You should make it a habit to pick up any debris you see, and immediately clean up any spills that occur.

The good news is you don't need a bunch of special chemicals or anything extra to clean your walk-in. All you need is soap and water.

  • Use soap, water, and a tough brush to clean surfaces
  • Sweep first, then use soap, water, and a mop to clean floors
  • Use soap, water, and a brush to clean coils
  • Use soap, water, and a cloth to wipe down your freezer door gasket

Not only is this the best method for cleaning your walk-in freezer, it's also the safest way to do it. Using chemicals can harm the metal of your walk-in.

Routine cleaning will prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. It will help to keep pests away. In addition, keeping it clean will prolong its life and lessen the chances of it needing repair anytime soon.

3. Stay Alert for Wear, Tear, and Damage

While cleaning, or even just in general, stay on the lookout for signs of damage. Some things, such as the evaporator coils and blades can wear to the point where you need to replace them.

Check your freezer door for issues as well. Your freezer door, gasket, and hinges need to remain in good condition. If it doesn't seal tightly or properly you can run the risk of a number of issues occurring to those things inside your freezer.

You could find you're wasting resources. Even worse, you can lose product to the leeching of the inside air through a gap in your door.

Another thing to look out for is debris around any of your freezer's components. For example, look out for and remove any debris you find around the condensing unit or drain lines. Debris can clog components and block airflow.

4. Hire a professional

You should also make sure to have your walk-in inspected by a professional walk-in freezer repair contractor, such as from Golden State Commercial Equipment Repair. The contractor can check electrical systems and more complex components. If you find any issues beyond some of the more simple ones, then have a professional inspect and repair them immediately.