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Walk-In Cooler Maintenance

Your walk-in cooler is a big player when it comes to running your commercial kitchen. It’s responsible for keeping all foods at a safe temperature and can help preserve food freshness. This is why taking care of your walk-in cooler is crucial to keeping your kitchen in its best shape. All Temp, experts in Orlando commercial refrigeration, have a few maintenance tips to help you keep your walk-in cooler clean.

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Condensing Unit

The condensing unit contains the compressor, the condensing coil, and the condensing fan motor, which are all critical components that help keep your commercial walk-in cooler running. Once a month, the condensing unit should be dusted to get rid of any debris that may have accumulated. First, locate the condensing unit. This is typically on top of your walk-in cooler. Then, shut off the power to the walk-in cooler so that you can safely vacuum or remove any of the accumulated dust and debris. 

Cleaning

Once a month, both the inside and the outside surfaces of your walk-in cooler should be cleaned using a mild detergent and water solution. To sanitize the interior of your walk-in cooler, use a mild solution of bleach and water, making sure to eliminate all traces of bleach before putting any food back into the cooler. 

Evaporator Fan

The evaporator fan helps to circulate air and remove heat inside your commercial walk-in cooler. Clean and sanitize the evaporator fan at least once a year. Again, disconnect any power leading to the walk-in cooler before cleaning. 

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Door Seals

Your walk-in cooler is only as good as its door seals. Once a month, clean and inspect these seals to make sure they are still pliable and make a tight seal against the cabinet. If during your inspection you notice that some of the seals are tearing or have become brittle, it may be time to replace them. 

Temperature Controls

If you notice that you are frequently making adjustments to the temperature inside your commercial walk-in cooler, the unit may not be working properly. Monitor the walk-in cooler’s temperature daily to ensure that your unit is functioning properly. If the temperature continues to fluctuate, it may be time to call in a refrigeration repair specialist. 

Taking care of your walk-in cooler is crucial to lengthening its life. All Temp, experts in Orlando commercial refrigeration, recommend having your unit professional inspected at least once a year to prevent any small issues from turning into costly expenses. To learn more about the services we offer, give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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