When should a commercial freezer or cooler door be repaired or replaced?
You risk losing perishable goods and driving up your utility cost if your commercial freezer doors don’t close properly. These are costly concerns, but ignoring a broken freezer door won’t put an end to your problems.
Check your commercial freezer’s doors for indicators of a leaky seal on a regular basis. Gaskets that are cracked or otherwise broken may allow air to seep out of your freezer, wasting energy and raising your expenses unnecessarily. Things will be put straight again after a repair.
When your freezer’s doors are unable to seal, the rest of the components must work harder to maintain a cool temperature. This can lead to further issues, such as overheating or failure.
When there is a problem with the cooler door, replacing it is not always the best option. Simple repairs may be sufficient. Furthermore, some symptoms that appear to be related to the door could be caused by a problem elsewhere in your refrigerated system, so having a refrigeration professional inspect your system is a good idea.
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Here are four symptoms that your commercial fridge door needs to be repaired or replaced:
1. The hinges on the door are rusted or damaged.
Your doors may not close correctly if the hinges are rusted or cracked. If your doors aren’t closing properly, inspect the hinges for rust, broken, warped, or missing pieces.
Because rust could be the consequence of a leak someplace in your refrigeration unit, you should check the remainder of it for a possible cause.
2. The gaskets aren’t sealing properly.
When the door gaskets fail to seal properly, one of the quickest ways to lose heat is to open the door. If you detect any inconsistencies in your temperature readings, look for fractures or warped seals in the gaskets.
Feel for any cool air drafts by running your hands along the gaskets. If you feel something, it’s a sign that your gaskets need to be repaired or replaced. If this is not the case, then something else is causing the cool air to escape.
3. Unusual odors
If refrigerant escapes into the walk-in freezer, an unusual stench may result. This is a symptom that your freezer is old and needs to be replaced.
4. There is an excessive amount of ice or frost.
Excessive ice or frost in the freezer, or frost around the door, could indicate that humid air from outside is coming inside. This is a concern since you’re not only losing cold air due to a poor seal, but you’re also risking mold growth and spoilage of items due to the unwelcome dampness.
5. There is a buildup of water on the door or there are leaks.
The accumulation of water on the inside of the refrigerator door, similar to the accumulation of ice and frost on the freezer door, indicates that dampness is entering the refrigerator from the outside. This water may puddle on the floor beneath the door, posing a slipping hazard.