Should I Replace or Repair Commercial Walk In Cooler and Freezer Doors?

Your employes open and close your walk-in freezer door multiple times a day—and sometimes not too gently. If they're balancing a heavy load in the arms, they might end up slamming the door shut or banging it against the wall when they open it.

Because of this, your door will likely wear out faster than many of the other walk-in freezer features. This can lead to a number of issues, such as ice or moisture buildup inside the freezer or improper refrigeration.

But just because you notice these problems doesn't mean you have to replace the entire door. A simple repair may do the trick—and save you a lot of money at the same time.

How can you tell your door is worth saving?

Here's a quick guide that'll teach you when you should replace or repair your commercial walk-in cooler door.

When to Replace

Sometimes going through the process of repairing your walk-in freezer door just isn't worth it, and in some cases, your door might bee too far gone to revive.

You should always replace your door if:

Your Freezer Is Old

Your walk-in freezer should last about 15 years. Depending on the condition of your walk-in (and if you've done all the necessary maintenance over the years), it could last even longer.

But if you start to notice issues with your door around the 15-year mark, you might want to look into replacing your entire walk-in freezer. Replacing the door might give you another year with your unit, but you may have to buy and install a new freezer soon anyway.

Because of this, repairing the door you already have can end up costing you more money in the long run. If your freezer needs to be replaced soon, you might not want to bother repairing the door.

Your Freezer Needs a Lot of Repairs

You also shouldn't repair your walk-in door if the entire freezer needs a lot of major repairs. For example, a freezer that needs refrigeration and structural repairs is an expensive fix. In most cases, it's cheaper to replace the entire unit.

It's not a good idea to dump unnecessary money into repairing your freezer door if you're going to have to replace the system anyway.

Make sure you check for any other issues before going ahead and repairing the door. If you find other areas that need repairs, it might be a more worthwhile investment to buy a new freezer altogether.

The Repairs Are Too Expensive

Most of the time, repairing your walk-in freezer door is a worthwhile investment, but there are circumstances where the price of repairs can become too expensive for what they're worth.

Think of it this way.

If your door needs several major repairs, the cost of fixing it might be almost the same as replacing the entire door. At this point, you'll probably get more life out of your door if you just buy a new one.

When to Repair

There are several situations where replacing your walk-in freezer door is more worthwhile than making the necessary repairs. However, this isn't always true. In fact, it will probably be cheaper and smarter to repair your door in most cases.

You should repair your door if:

Your Freezer Is New

Did you just purchase and install a new freezer? If your freezer door is only a few years old, making one or two repairs should be cheaper and faster than replacing the door.

Since the door is still in relatively good condition (aside from the repair), fixing it should extend its life by several years. In other words, if you repair a new door, you shouldn't have to worry about running into any other issues with it any time soon.

There Aren't Any Other Issues with Your Walk-In Freezer

If there aren't any other issues with your walk-in cooler and it doesn't look like you'll need to replace the unit, you should go ahead and repair your door. This will keep the freezer working the way it should for a number of years.

It Only Needs Minor Repairs

Often, repairing a door will be much cheaper than replacing it. If your door only needs a few minor repairs, you should spend the money to fix it. The repairs will keep the door in good condition for a long time, and you'll end up keeping more money in your bank account.

You Can't Find a Matching Replacement

Depending on how old your freezer is, manufacturers may not produce the right parts for it anymore, and this includes new doors. This means the only way to fix your door is by making the required repairs.

Of course, take this with a grain of salt.

You most likely won't have trouble finding replacement doors for your freezer unless it is quite old. This might mean it's time to buy a new cooler instead of repairing the door. But if your freezer still has several years of life left, repairing the old door can be a better choice.

Getting the Most out of Your Commercial Walk-In Cooler Door

When it comes to deciding whether you should replace or repair your commercial walk-in cooler door, start by thinking about the age of your unit, how much money the repairs will cost, and how much life they'll give your door. If the cost isn't worth the results you'll get from the repairs, it might be time to replace the door instead.

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