Is It Time To Replace Your Walk-In Cooler?

A cooler and freezer replacement is not the type of expense any owner wants to face unexpectedly. It’d be just as troubling to learn that your motor or transmission needs replaced in your vehicle. These scenarios are not only extremely troubling because they’ll be huge out-of-pocket expenses, but the replacement itself will be a momentous task. One that could take days and cost you hundreds to thousands in lost revenue. While sometimes such situations are unavoidable, most of the time a mechanical appliance will display signs of its potential failure. Learning to detect and read these signs is crucial! A1 Houston Commercial Refrigeration Repair

Higher Energy Consumption

If you are like most employers, you probably have the majority of your bills on an automated expense account. You might even have an account or secretary that tends to such tasks. Either way, a read-out of your expenses over specific times can tell you a lot about your business. An accurate report of expenses is not only good for pinpointing slow and busy seasons, but it can indicate potential mechanical failures. This is especially true for mechanical appliances that rely on electricity as a source of power. Take your air conditioners, freezers, and coolers, for example. As these appliances naturally age and wear, it’ll become harder for them to keep up with daily demands. Simply put, they’ll have to work harder and longer to satisfy demands, which will only result in harder, longer runtimes, which will ultimately result in more electrical consumption. Take the time to examine your electric bills and look for unexplained high energy consumption.

Icing And Frosting

It is natural to see ice and frost in your cooler. These are just common byproducts that come with creating arctic environments. With that in mind, there should always only be a specific amount. Try to make a mental note of how the insides of your appliances look under normal operating conditions. Note the locations and levels of these byproducts. When you start to notice an increase or absence of such byproducts, you’ll likely know you have a problem on your hands. Ice and frost inside coolers and freezers can create potentially hazardous working environments. By attending to this task with a keen eye, you’ll be accomplishing two tasks.


Ice and frost can create dangerous working conditions and be a big indicator of future or present mechanical failures. Water is even more dangerous and comes with a much higher likelihood of problems. All coolers and freezers will condensate. They are, however, designed to deal with this condensation so that it doesn’t get on your produce or the floor. If you start to notice puddles of water accumulating in your cooler or freezer it could point to several things. Stagnant water can easily grow into health concerns as well.  

Varying Temperatures

Coolers and freezers are designed to reach and maintain specific temperatures. When they are operating efficiently, they should be able to accomplish the task with ease. Of course, there are going to be times when such appliances cycle to bring the temperature back to desired levels. And some appliances will have to work harder than others during specific times. Everything from frequented use to inside stock and ambient temperatures can affect the operating conditions of your appliances. However, any operable freezer or cooler should be able to easily reach, maintain, and hold the thermostat’s set point. When you start to notice that your appliances are having a harder time reaching temperatures or it seems the temperature inside is never quite where it should be, you should take it as a sign. This is usually something you’ll notice quickly because it’ll likely show in your inventory. Food products might not be fully frozen or floral arrangements might should the slightest bit of wilting or drooping.  

Spoiled Inventory Before Expiration

Speaking of inventory, if your products aren’t lasting till their expiration dates, something is wrong. The last thing any employer wants is wasted inventory. When your perishable items start spoiling before their expiration dates, there is only one answer. That answer is that something is going on with the environment in which the items are being stored. 9 out of 10 ten times, this will be an indication of appliance failure.

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