One of the biggest challenges when it comes to cold storage is maintaining the right temperature. Mainly used for food, pharmaceuticals and other perishable items, keeping the temperature constant is not only essential for the product but will also keep running costs to a minimum.
Here are our quick tips for ensuring that your cold storage is performing as efficiently as possible:
- Keep your condenser unit clean
To be effective, the condenser unit needs to be kept free of dust and debris to allow for maximum airflow. The condenser is there to remove unwanted heat from your cold room, so for the best performance, it needs to be maintained and clean at all times.
- Ensure your doors are sealed
Any issues with the doors or their seals can cause refrigerated air to escape, meaning the cooling systems have to work harder to keep the temperature down, driving running costs up. If you notice any cracks or damage, it is advisable to replace the doors or seals as soon as possible.
- Check the evaporator coils
Evaporator coils lower the temperature of the air using refrigerant to absorb the heat. To maximise its productivity it needs to have no restrictions to flow of air. Make sure that it is kept clean at all times.
- Keep an eye on your walls and ceiling
Discolouration can be the first sign that there is something wrong with your cold storage. Structural damage or cracks can prevent your cold storage from working efficiently, so it’s important to get them checked straight away. Also look out for mould or rot, other signs of potential issues.
- Make sure you’re using the right lighting
The brighter the lights, the more energy is needed. Traditionally floodlights are used in cold storage, especially warehouses. Modern cold storage warehouses often use LED lighting to keep costs down.
- Monitor the temperature
Keeping a close eye on the temperature inside and any changes should be noted, especially if they are noticeably different from the design temperature. You should contact your refrigeration contractor if the temperature change persists, as there might be issues with the cooling system.
- Have an inspection schedule
The best way to ensure that you don’t miss anything is to have a regular inspection and maintenance schedule. Speak to your cold storage contractors who can help you prepare and monitor your system.
When everything is working correctly, your cold storage will be the most efficient way to keep your produce at the correct temperature. However, if something goes wrong it can be costly to ignore. If you have any questions about your cold storage efficiency, call our team on 0117 316 7000 for expert advice.
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