No business-owner wants to hear that it’s time to replace a walk-in refrigerator or freezer. These investment appliances are essential to many businesses but aren’t the cheapest item to purchase. Outdated and Broken walk-in coolers end up spending a lot of money over time due to repairs, lost stock, and high utility bills. Replacing your old walk-in will help lower these costs and you can save in the long run.
Here are 5 signs that it may be time to get a new walk-in cooler:
1. HIGHER UTILITY BILLS
If you notice that your utility bills have steadily increased over time it could mean the ability of your walk-in’s insulation is not as good as it used to be. This means your walk-in is allowing heat to seep in, or let cold air escape out. Your cooler tries to fix this insulation problem by using more energy. If you notice a dramatic increase in your utility bill from the previous months you may be dealing with a broken thermostat or motor that is causing the cooler to use a lot more energy than necessary because it can’t properly regulate itself.
2. ICE OR FROST BUILD UP
If you find that you are regularly scraping ice out of your cooler or that you are losing items to frost bite- there may be excess moisture allowing the ice to accumulate. Excess moisture is often caused by air leaks between panels or other cooler components.
3. REGULAR LEAKS
Damaged seals can lead to water leaks and puddles. Stagnant and standing water can cause mold and mildew build up as well as ice accumulation. Avoid health inspection problems as well as lost inventory due to mold and mildew by keeping track of any leaks.
4. FLUCTUATING TEMPERATURES
If your walk-in cooler is always working to regulate its temperature it may be time to replace your unit. Temperature fluctuation can be the symptom of many cooler problems such as, insulation failure or a broken thermostat.
5. FOOD SPOILING BEFORE ITS EXPIRATION
If you regularly experience many perishable items spoiling before their expiration, this is a sign of an operating problem within your cooler. Throwing away inventory that should not have gone bad is frustrating but often leads to a larger storage problem that needs to be evaluated by one of our technicians.
If you experience any of the signs above, we advise that you have one of our commercial refrigeration technicians come to check your walk-in refrigerator or freezer for any damage or internal failures.