If you’ve installed a walk in freezer you want to make sure you get the best from it, and knowing how to maintain it properly is one of the main queries our team of expert engineers get asked. A walk in freezer is often a vital piece of equipment for your business, so understanding how to look after it properly is a wise choice – helping to avoid any unexpected trips from the maintenance team!
Cleaning your freezer
It is of paramount importance to keep on top of the cleaning of your walk in freezer. By cleaning the sides, shelves and worktops, you are protecting the produce that lies on top of them, keeping your products in top condition and allowing them to stay fresh for a longer period. It is also important to keep your floors clean of any debris, to ensure the safety of your employees.
This may seem obvious, but it is important! If your cold room doors are not in use, it is imperative to keep them closed securely. If this fails to happen, air from outside the cold room will enter, unsettling the temperature and causing it to work harder to maintain the required temperature. Not only does this cost you money in the long term, it also means your cold room is being forced to overwork.
It is important that you check your cold rooms doors sweeps and gaskets regularly in case any wear and tear has occurred, and to ensure that they are sealed tightly. It is also useful to check that your door hinges quarterly, and to lubricate them if required. To see if your door is locked properly or still works, you should monitor the temperature of your freezer daily and see if there are any fluctuations in this value. If there is, you should look to address the issue immediately.
To keep your floors clean and safe to walk on, it is important to regard them as just as valuable as shelves and doors. They should be mopped and swept on a regular basis to remove any food or debris, as this can avoid food spoiling or pests becoming a mainstay in your freezer. Spills can be inevitable and can be easily taken care of if dealt with quickly. If liquids are left for a prolonged period, they can freeze over and potentially cause a slip and fall hazard.
As well as keeping an eye on any spillages, you should also look to keep floor aisle free of unnecessary debris that can make your freezer seem cluttered and not well maintained.
The idea of keeping on top of your walk in freezer can seem like a worthwhile exercise at first, but often cools off after a few weeks, as it can start to feel like a chore. However, this problem can be negated by teaching your whole workforce about cold room maintenance and rotating the duty, so it doesn’t become too overwhelming for one member of staff. By working collectively, your walk in freezer room can be kept in top condition for years to come, resulting in far better productivity as a results.
Depending on your refrigeration requirements and how many units you may have, you may need to look at either a one/two yearly inspection of your equipment.
What you may not realise is that even if you think your refrigeration systems are in good working order, your units may be over-consuming energy which leads to increased costs over time.
So from our experience, it is advised to have your refrigeration equipment regularly inspected and maintained.
If you would like to request a quote for a walk in freezer if you are considering installing one for your own company, then our expert team here at MTCSS are on hand to assist you. Our team have extensive knowledge in the field of cold storage solutions and can be able to inform you on what cold room or walk in freezer is best for your business. To get in touch with us, you can fill in our online form for a free personalised quote today. You can also give us a call on 01886 481 048 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to hear from you.