3 Common Commercial Walk-In Refrigerator Issues and How to Fix Them

Is your walk-in refrigerator not as cool as it used to be?

Over time, daily wear and tear can take a toll on your walk-in, which can lead to some pressing problems. That said, most issues that arise from use are common, and, therefore, moderately easy to fix.

Here are three of the most common commercial walk-in refrigerator issues and what you can do to fix them.

1. Uneven or Fluctuating Temperature

Drastic changes in temperature in your walk-in could pose a severe health and safety risk if left unchecked; from sub-cooled, spoiled food, to potential mold growth.

As potentially hazardous as temperature changes can be, this is a fairly common issue for commercial walk-in refrigerators. So, getting your fridge back up and running shouldn't take all that long.

The most common culprits of uneven cooling are the compressor and the door to the walk-in itself.

Over time, the sealant around the entrance to your walk-in can start to deteriorate. Once this happens, your door won't be able to keep the cold in and the heat out, which leads to uneven temperatures. Repairing or replacing the seal around the door will take care of this problem.

Alternatively, if your compressor is starting to wear out, it could shut off before your refrigerator cools down. Fortunately, replacing the compressor is a quick and easy fix.

2. Insulation Leaks

Puddles in or around your walk-in could be a sign that your insulation panels are in dire need of replacement. Over time, ice and moisture naturally build up inside your walk-in's insulation. So, you need to make sure you're regularly checking and replacing your walk-in's insulation.

Fortunately, replacing your walk-in's insulation panels is a fast fix. So, you don't have to worry about having to shut off your refrigerator for an extended amount of time.

3. Your Walk-In Refrigerator Is Too Cold

Are you getting sick of having to deal with produce popsicles?

While you want your walk-in refrigerator to stay nice and cold, if the temperature dips too low, you could wind up with a cooler full of frozen ingredients.

Aside from frozen food throwing a wrench in meal prep times, exceedingly low temperatures could even damage some ingredients. Fortunately, a frosty fridge is one of the most straightforward problems to solve.

A frozen walk-in generally stems from one of two potential problems: ice build-up around the evaporator, or a dirty coil and drain line.

Checking your coils and drain line regularly for build-up will help ensure proper ventilation, which will help clear up and prevent freezing.

If there is ice build-up around the evaporator, start by melting the ice away. Once your evaporator is clear of ice, keep an eye on it to make sure the evaporator fan is working.

If your evaporator fan isn't rotating properly, or if your walk-in continues to freeze up despite having a clean and clear coil and drain line, you should contact a professional repair service.

How to Fix Your Walk-In Refrigerator

While you can take care of a few of these common walk-in refrigerator problems yourself, the only way to guarantee your cooler gets back up and running like new is to bring in a professional service.

If you're having trouble with your walk-in, don't panic. We're here to help.

Contact us for more information about our services or to schedule a consultation today.

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