When it comes to maintenance for your Orlando walk-in cooler, your mind may not immediately jump to the door gaskets. However, the door gaskets are responsible for keeping a tight seal on your unit — which protects the produce and anything else you may keep inside. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, you’ll be able to ensure the seal of your cooler door is airtight.
Door gaskets are prone to dirt; over time, they can easily trap food, dirt, and debris. This can lead to food safety violations, including mold growth. Frequently clean seals to avoid mold growth that can spread to your inventory. All you need is some soap water and a rag. Simply tip the rag into the soap water, and gently wipe underneath and around the entire perimeter of the door gasket.
If the door gasket on your walk-in cooler or freezer has any cracks, tears, or holes, it is unable to have a strong, airtight seal. Frequently inspect your door gasket to ensure that nothing is damaged. A great way to check the seal is by taking a thin piece of paper or a dollar bill and placing it between the door and the door gasket. If the paper or bill is able to slide easily out, there is a leak that needs to be repaired immediately. If the paper or dollar bill stays secure, your door has a strong and efficient seal. Perform this test around the entire perimeter of your door to ensure that all sides of the gasket are working in optimal condition.
If you find that your door gasket no longer has a strong and efficient seal, there are some steps you can take to restore it. If you notice minor gasket adhesive problems, petroleum jelly or Vaseline can act as a temporary fix. Simply place the petroleum jelly on the flat service of the gasket. Then, contact a trusted professional to either repair or completely replace the gasket.
Whether it’s your door gasket or simply cleaning the surface of your Orlando walk-in cooler or freezer, regular maintenance can help identify any problem areas before they become a major and expensive problem. That’s why All Temp offers customized maintenance agreements. With over 20 years of experience, All Temp can tailor your service to meet the unique needs of your equipment and the environment it’s housed in. Learn more about our maintenance program by giving us a call at (407) 857-7800.