Your walk-in cooler or freezer is one of the most important pieces of equipment, if not the most important, in your business. It also sees a lot of traffic, with your door opening and closing all day long, often getting slammed into a wall or banged shut with a foot as your staff is rushing through tasks, grabbing what they need, and getting back to work. Walk-in cooler doors often need repairs or replacing sooner than any other part of the equipment, but how do you know when you can have a repair done, replace the door, or you should take the step to replace the whole system? Our refrigeration company is sharing some tips to help you make the right choice for your business.
Consider the Age of your Commercial Cooler
Most walk-in freezers and walk-in coolers last around 15 years, or sometimes longer with proper maintenance. If the cooler is around that 15 year mark and the cooler door has a serious problem, you may want to consider taking the bigger leap to replace the whole system. This way, you’re not investing a large amount on the door when you’re just going to have to install a new unit in the next year or so anyway.
On the other hand, if the door is younger and the door is in serious disrepair, a replacement will prevent you from having to make repeated repairs over its lifespan and ensures that the product inside maintains the proper temperature.
Replace a Safety Hazard
If the door to your freezer or cooler collects ice or heavy amounts of condensation, this can be a serious safety hazard for employees walking in and out of the space, especially if it begins to collect on the ground in front of the door. Most likely the door isn’t sealing properly, and while a gasket or door assist can be replaced, it may be that the door itself isn’t hanging properly. Replacing the door, assuming the rest of the cooler is in good condition, will save you from a potential injury on your staff.
Protect Your Product from Theft
If you take inventory of your product in the walk-in cooler or freezer and continually find shortages, there may be a theft issue. By installing a glass-front cooler or freezer door, you and your team will have a clear line of sight into the walk-in, and invisibility will be replaced with transparency, minimizing the opportunity to take product.
In addition to employee theft, if you have a shop with a “beer cave” in order to keep drinks cold where your customers can go in and get what they need before checking out, having a glass door is also necessary in these spaces.
Contact Us to Replace or Repair Your Walk-In Cooler Door
Don’t put your staff or your product at risk with a faulty cooler door. At 6 & Fix, we provide a variety of refrigeration services, including retro-fitting cooler and freezer doors for any kind of existing unit and installing new walk-in coolers. We serve Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, and surrounding areas.