Cleaning Your Walk-In Cooler or Freezer

As part of your routine maintenance, you must take time to clean your walk in cooler or freezer on a regular basis. Cleaning the cooler is essential not simply for sanitation reasons, but as a way to prevent the need for expensive repairs. Follow these instructions to clean your walk-in cooler or freezer.

The Condenser Coil

At a minimum of once per month, take the time to clean the condenser coil in the condensing unit. Before beginning, turn off the circuit breaker for safety. Experts suggest taking care of this task with help from a shop-vac as it lets you vacuum the surface clean. A shop-vac will also allow you to reverse the airflow so it blows out deeply-embedded dust. Finally, wipe off the compressor and housing using a damp rag.

Clean the Interior

At least monthly, thoroughly clean the interior of your refrigeration or freezer unit. Instead of harsh cleaners which can cause damage to the paint, opt for water and mild soap. Water and white vinegar will get rid of hard water stains, while water and bleach can eliminate mold and mildew. As you clean, do a quick check that everything is in good shape.

Check the Seals

Once a month or more, confirm that the doors on your walk-in cooler or freezer seal properly. You can check this with a dollar bill. The door should close fine on the bill and you should notice resistance as you pull it back out. A broken seal can lead to air escaping, costing you both money and product.

Annual Cleaning

In addition to regular maintenance checks, there are some tasks that only need to be done once a year. This includes cleaning the evaporator coil, which requires a special solution and can take some time to complete. First, disconnect the drain tube, remove and clean the bottom pan, and replace everything. You should also clean the door gaskets annually with soap, water, and a soft cloth.

If you have any questions about cleaning or otherwise caring for your Tampa walk in cooler, our team at All Temp will gladly help. Contact us at 813-630-9400 to schedule an appointment today.

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