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Walk-In Cooler Warning Signs: Common Indications Your Walk-In May Need Repair

Anyone who runs a restaurant or food service business understands the importance of a well-functioning commercial walk-in cooler. A breakdown or temperature fluctuation can quickly lead to spoiled food, lost revenue and even a citation from the health department. Knowing the warning signs of a malfunctioning commercial cooler can save you a fortune:

Wet Floors

Damp floors and small puddles are more than just an inconvenience - they could indicate a much larger problem. Small leaks are often a damaged seal, which could be letting out cool air and adding to your utility bill. Additionally, allowing leaks in your walk-in cooler to go unattended inevitably leads to mold and mildew, a dangerous health risk.

Strange Odors

When coolant and refrigerant is leaking from your refrigerator, it creates a distinct, unpleasant odor that can be reminiscent of cleaning chemicals or certain gasses. Next time you’re in the walk-in, take a moment to see if you smell anything odd. If you do, then don’t hesitate to schedule walk-in cooler repairs.

Temperature Fluctuations

Health department regulations, as well as the quality of your ingredients, require certain foods to be stored at particular temperatures. Wildly inconsistent temperatures can cause serious issues and is a clear sign that your walk-in cooler is not functioning properly. Many commercial walk-ins have a temperature monitoring system that can let you know when it’s time to schedule cooler maintenance.

Hot or Noisy Motor

Commercial walk-in cooler rely on motors. Early warning signs that your motor needs replacement are that it’s excessively hot to the touch or it’s unusually loud. Replacing a motor is certainly inconvenient, but it’s better then replacing all of your perishable food!

SRC Refrigeration of Sterling Heights, MI offers the highest quality, energy efficient commercial walk-in coolers made in the U.S.A. Choose from designs tailored to your business, or work with our team to create a custom cooler for your unique needs. With over 36 years of experience, you can count on us for all your commercial walk-in cooler needs! Contact us today to request an estimate.

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