Like the boiling hot summer months, where outdoor walk-in coolers can struggle to keep their contents cold enough, winter brings its own challenges for refrigeration systems. The rapid and sometimes unexpected drops in temperatures can mean commercial walk-ins freeze up and damage the food or products they are meant to keep safe. Needless to say, you don’t want to skip important seasonal restaurant equipment service in Delaware, and this includes winter adjustments to refrigeration systems.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make sure your walk-in cooler or other refrigeration unit holds at just the right temperature all winter long.
Once temperatures drop to a certain point, the controls cycle off an outdoor unit to avoid freezing up the evaporator and the contents of your walk-in cooler. The best way to go about perfecting the pressure control balance is to have it set by a trained professional—someone who can optimize the settings for the forecast.
The evaporator is a critical component to your walk-in and needs to function properly for the rest of the refrigerator to work right. If the component is freezing up, it will impact the function of the walk-in and the condition of its contents. Some experts advise that a thermostat should also be installed to ensure that the correct temperature balance is achieved and maintained.
There are also things that should be done prior to having an expert check your pressure controls. Regular maintenance should also be done to ensure there are no larger issues to contend with. Winter and summer can take a lot out of a refrigeration system, and it is best to make sure all of the components are in good working order to avoid a crisis situation. This regular maintenance can include checking door seals, compressors and pressure controls.
The condenser and coils
Similar to the evaporator, the condenser also needs to be working properly for the system to function as it should. If a condenser is positioned in an area where it does not have adequate ventilation, it cannot remove heat effectively from the overall system. Further, the coils should be regularly checked by a professional to ensure that they are clean and operating without incident.
The unit and components
While the components of the cooling system play an undeniably important role in the walk-in cooler’s operation, the shell of the unit is also critical to the job it does. If there is damage or leaks, it will impact the unit’s performance. A professional equipped with infrared tools will be able to identify faulty sections of the insulated walls and address them for better performance.
Like you, your restaurant equipment works hard all year round. But for it to work properly and ensure it runs smoothly, you should schedule an appointment with a professional commercial refrigeration service in Delaware this winter. For answers to your questions, to set up a service appointment or to learn more about restaurant kitchen equipment, feel free to contact Commercial Equipment Service today!