Your commercial refrigeration needs can change as your business evolves. That includes converting a walk-in freezer into a walk-in cooler in Delaware. Many restaurant owners make the mistake of believing they must replace equipment when it becomes obsolete, but a conversion is often the better financial choice. It is best to examine all options when it is time to adjust your equipment, just to be sure you’re making the best choice. If a conversion can work with your current freezer, here is what you need to consider:
- It is not just the thermostat: A common mistake is to assume that all you need to do is adjust the thermostat. However, a conversion from freezer to cooler goes beyond mere temperature adjustments. A freezer is designed to work at specific temperatures, and going above that range can damage it permanently. That turns your once-affordable conversion into a full-blow equipment replacement. If you want a cooler rather than a freezer, know that temperature is not the only thing you need to change.
- Replace compressors: Compressors regulate temperature. Freezer compressors are designed to run at low temperatures. When you raise the thermostat, you take them out of their range and risk destroying them. Compressors for coolers offer different properties and are designed to run at the higher temperatures you desire in a cooler. Higher temperatures bring more pressure into your unit, and you need compressors that can handle both the pressure and the new temperatures. You can make current compressors work in a warmer environment by using a crankcase pressure regulator. However, some freezer compressors can make the change seamlessly. Your service technician can determine if this is the case.
- Consider defrost abilities: One step to converting a freezer into a cooler is to stop the defrost function. It is not necessary at the higher temperatures, and the lack of defrosting is the main difference between a freezer and a cooler. Once that is adjusted, your unit will require further adjustment to the drain pan and its warmers.
- Other parts: You may have to consider additional part replacements, like insulation, doors and venting systems. Freezers usually need more venting than coolers, so there is a chance that you will not have to adjust that system. However, if you have any hardware that is wearing out, a conversion is a good time to replace those pieces.
Even if you believe this is the best use of your efforts, there is a chance it could be less expensive to change out your freezer for a cooler or add a cooler among your restaurant equipment. Sometimes, freezers cannot be converted well, and you could end up with a substandard cooler that needs replacement later anyway. Your best bet is to consult with a refrigeration specialist and see what will work best with your current equipment and kitchen.
If you seek a new cooler or wish to convert a walk-in freezer in Delaware into a walk-in cooler, Commercial Equipment Service Inc. is here to help. We serve many Delaware establishments and would love to add you to our client list. Contact us today to learn more.