Advice and Tips

How to keep your walk-in operating efficiently.

  • Close door when not in use. Do not block or prop door open for extended periods of time. Make sure door is closed at all times except when entering and exiting the walk-in.
  • Periodically, minimum of twice a year, clean evaporator and condensing coil. If located outside, the coils should be cleaned more often.
  • Make sure fan motors are running at optimum speed.
  • Clean fan blades to reduce drag.
  • Make sure there is nothing stacked around the coil to restrict airflow.
  • Occasionally have service technician check all electrical connections to make sure they are good and tight. Loose wires could cause high amperage, which will cause your unit to use more energy.
  • Check for damage or decay in the insulation on suction lines between condensing unit and evaporator coil. Replace as needed.
  • Check door sweep for tears and make sure sealing properly.
  • Hinges should be lubricated once a year to keep closing properly.
  • Make sure the lights are off when exiting the walk-in. Lights produce heat, which will cause your unit to run more to hold its optimal temperature.
  • On outside condensing units, maintain clear and adequate airflow. For example, do not allow trash or weeds to accumulate around walk-in.
  • Do not pile anything on top of the walk-in. This could cause damage to the ceiling panels.
  • Periodically, check gaskets between panels to make sure they are not cracked or weathered. If so, check with your local health codes for the correct procedure to follow as far as repair and replacement.

How to keep your walk-in clean.

  • Soap and water is the best cleaning method for your walk-in. Do not use harsh chemicals as it may react and harm the metal surface of your walk-in.
  • For chemicals not to use read this pdf.
  • Minimum of twice a year use a self-rinsing cleaner, soap and water or stiff bristled brush to clean your evaporator and condensing coils.
  • Drain lines – at least once a year, work with a service tech to make sure the drain lines are clean and not clogged with any debris.
  • Door gaskets – Regularly wipe down with soap and water. If door gaskets are damaged, cracked or stiff magnet will not seal and will need to be replaced.
  • Sweep or mop floors to make sure floors are kept clean.

Mistakes operators most commonly make.

  • Turning holding temperature too low for product, this causes the refrigeration to overwork.
  • Walk-in manufacturers install a thermostat on the outside of the door that reads the internal temperature of the walk-in. There could be a chance that the thermostat is faulty. Always have a backup thermometer in the walk-in to make sure the walk-in is holding the optimal temperature.
  • Stacking boxes or food too close to the door thermometer-sensing bulb or thermostat-sensing bulb can cause a false reading of the temperature in the walk-in.

Advice on safety related issues.

  • Make sure you clean up any liquid spills as soon as they happen. This is especially important in freezers as the liquid will start to freeze immediately and can be dangerous.
  • Non-skid strips are available for the floors, to ensure a non-slip environment.
  • Keep isles clear and do not overload walk-in by stacking too much in your cooler or freezer. Stack things neatly to make sure you are able to take good inventory of your stock.
  • Power outage – A typical walk-in will maintain temperature for about 12 hours as long as door is kept closed. If the power outage lasts longer than 12 hours, consider a 

Energy (and money) Saving Tips for Your Walk-in
Tips for Saving on Energy Costs

Here are some ways to help you save energy costs on your walk-in cooler or freezer.

  • Properly seal all penetrations in walk-in.
  • Replace worn or damaged door seals.
  • Install refrigeration away from doors.
  • Keep condenser coils clean.
  • Do not prop door open for an extended period of time.
  • Add strip curtains or air curtains to your walk-in for extra protection from air infiltration when door is open.
  • Make sure the lights are off when exiting the walk-in. Lights produce heat, which will cause your unit to run more to hold its optimal temperature.
  • Periodically, check gaskets between panels to make sure they are not cracked or weathered. If so, check with your local health codes for the correct procedure to follow as far as repair and replacement.
  • Make sure there is nothing stacked around the coil to restrict airflow.
  • Make sure fan motors are balanced and running at optimum speed. Clean fan blades to reduce drag.
  • Use an evaporator with an EC Motor.
  • Utilize Smart Defrost Kits.
  • Set defrost frequency at minimum requirements.