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5 Signs That You Need to Repair Your Walk-In Cooler or Freezer

By Neil Bradley

If you have a kitchen that has a walk in cooler or freezer, repair and maintenance is one of the most important things you can do in order to ensure they continue to work well.

Having a walk in cooler or freezer that is working incorrectly or inefficiently can lose your kitchen time, money and reputation.

Below is a list of 5 signs that you should pay particular attention to to be sure that your refrigeration is running well. 

1. Wear & Damage to the Door
Check out the doors to your walk in cooler for seal wear & damage. Any damage here can cause an energy efficiency drop as air can leak and require your cooler or freezer to constantly run to maintain the set temperature.

2. Frost Build Up
If you start noticing frost or ice building up in places where they shouldn’t in your walk in cooler, this is a sign that it’s not cooling correctly and needs to be checked by a commercial refrigeration specialist immediately.

3. Water Leakage
Are you noticing wet floors in or around your walk in cooler? This could be from an old/damaged seal or poor walk in cooler installation. Either way this is something that can’t be left untreated as it could lead to mold & mildew build up — something that’s not going to make your health inspector very happy.

4. Odd Odors
When the coolant that keeps your cooler chilled leaks you may notice a strange smell in and around your walk in cooler. Leaks like this are usually found if your cooler or freezer is old/outdated so it may be time to assess an upgrade to make sure you stay up and running.

5. Inconsistent Temperatures
If you’re noticing that your walk in cooler or freezer has a hard time maintaining a consistent temperature this may be a sign of bigger problems so it’s vital that you have someone check on your system.  With Food Safe System you have automatic monitoring and recording of fridge, freezer and storage temperatures, so you don’t have to. And SMS and email alerts let you know of temperature breaches.

Other signs include strange/odd noises (mechanical) and flickering lights (electrical), so watch for those issues as well.