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Reach-In Fridge and Freezer Services

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Does your reach–in cooler work according to your temperature requirements? Have any customers complained about warm drinks or food? Does your kitchen staff need an additional reach–in cooler or freezer to keep your commercial kitchen running at peak productivity? Reach–in coolers and freezers are fairly standard in a wide range of different commercial businesses and spaces, and we can make certain that yours are professionally installed and serviced. As a leading provider of commercial refrigeration services in the greater Vancouver area, we provide excellent reach–in cooler and reach–in freezer services, from the installation of new systems to the replacement of the old, from repairs to routine maintenance.

When it comes to the effectiveness and efficiency of your refrigeration equipment, you really cannot afford to take any chances. Reach–in coolers and freezers are workhorses and they run continuously. If you want to make sure that your equipment works well for years to come, then let us help you find the right system or service.

We service all types of specialty refrigeration applications such as:

Reach-In Fridges and Freezers

Every time someone thinks of a refrigerator, most of us imagine the freezers in our homes. When it comes to commercial refrigeration we are obviously talking about something far much different. If you plan to open a store that will present beverage and food items to your customers, then you need to have a fundamental understanding and knowledge of the different types of commercial refrigerators.

There are a few different types of commercial reach-in cold storage:

Top Mounted Compressor Fridge/Freezer because warm air rises higher than cool air, top mounted compressors are ideal in cooler environments, as pulling in warmer air means the compressor must work harder to regulate temperature. However, this also means that your kitchen will be kept cooler, as the warm air exhaust is at the top of the unit and above the work area. Top mounted compressors are positioned outside of the food zone, giving you full use of the interior refrigerated space.

Bottom Mounted Compressor Fridge/Freezer better for hot environments, reach-ins with bottom mounted compressors pull in cooler air from the floor, so the compressor doesn’t have to work as hard. Not having the compressor up top also means you can store boxes and miscellaneous items if needed on top of the unit. Bottom shelves are easier to reach in a bottom mounted reach-in. Cleaning your compressor is easier as well, since you won’t need a ladder to access it.

Serve Over Counter these units are perfect if you plan to open a meat outlet, café or grocery store. They make the displayed items much more appealing by using bent or level glass. Serve-over-counters are similar to counter-top display refrigerators; the only difference is that serve-over-counter units don’t have a glass that fully covers the food products. Customers can get what they want without asking the servers.

Under counter Refrigerators These units function similarly to upright reach-in units. The only difference is that they are much shorter and they can fit into much smaller spaces. So if your commercial kitchen needs a unit to store few products that can be used on as-needed basis then an under counter refrigerator would be appropriate.

Bar Refrigerators There are many types of bar refrigerators such as back bar refrigerators, plate chillers, keg coolers, etc. Bar refrigerators are normally designed with a black vinyl or a stainless steel exterior to give the under counter bar area a more streamlined look.

Pastry Or Bakery Display These units can either have a traditional wooden finish or stainless steel curved with glass. It usually has the front part covered with glass so that customers can view all the bakery and pastry products.

Refrigerated Prep Tables These units are used in the preparation area or cook line in the commercial kitchen. There are two major versions of the refrigerated prep tables: pizza prep tables and sandwich/salad tables. Cold storage wells keep ingredients cold and fresh.

More on prep tables here: Commercial Prep Tables

Common Problems with Reach-in Coolers

Operations and maintenance issues should be addressed to avoid excessive energy use and costly repairs, as well as potential product loss. Additional maintenance issues can be reviewed by our expert staff.

Short Cycles

If your machine’s cooling cycle shuts down before completion, here are some potential problems to look for.

  • Incorrect cold control differential – The cold control (also known as the temperature control) might li have a differential that is set too closely.
  • Overcharged or undercharged – High refrigerant charge is evident when the suction line frosts, sweats li or is cooler than usual. The unit typically undercharges due to a refrigerant leak. Signs of li undercharging include high cabinet temperature, excessive compressor operation or low head or suction li pressure. Any handling of refrigerant in your unit needs to be conducted by a certified technician.
  • Air in the refrigeration system – If air enters the refrigeration system, it can gather at the top of li the condenser and cause high pressure. Typically, air enters the unit when there is a leak in the li refrigeration system, gasket or tubing.
  • Issues with overload protector – A unit’s overload protector helps shut down the compressor when it li senses overheating, allowing the compressor to cool down. When there is a defect with the overload li protector, your machine will experience a short cycle. Make sure to replace it as soon as possible.
Runs Too Long or Continuously

Look for the following issues if you notice the cooler or freezer is running nonstop or in long increments.

  • Iced evaporator coil – The evaporator coil freezes when airflow is blocked or the door is cracked open. Constant clicking sounds and puddles of water are signs when this occurs. Defrosting the unit should help resolve this problem.
  • Restrictions in the refrigeration system – Check to see if there is something restricting the condenser, compressor or evaporator. Remove whatever is causing the problem, or replace the broken part if necessary.
  • Refrigerant shortage – If there is a leak, have it fixed and recharged as soon as possible. This will have to be done by a certified technician.
  • Dirty condenser – A large buildup of dust and dirt in the condenser can affect the way your unit runs. Make sure to clean it immediately. Consider periodically cleaning the condenser throughout the course of a calendar year.
Noisy Unit

If your cooler or freezer is making a loud noise, check for the following issues.

  • Loose mounting or parts – Look inside the unit for wobbly components. Once you find what’s loose, tighten it.
  • Rattling tubes – The tubing in your freezer or cooler could be touching other parts. Try to reform the tubing so it’s free of contact.
  • Damaged or bent fan blade – When you hear a vibrating sound, there could be a bent fan blade. Replace the blade to correct the issue.
  • Worn fan motor bearings – If the bearings in your fan motor are worn out, make sure to replace the motor.
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