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Walk-In Replacement Tips
So the frozen food in your walk-in isn’t so frozen anymore and your door has so much ice accumulated around it that it won’t open? Sounds like it might be time to consider a replacement. But, just like any major purchase, there are many factors to consider and you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here are a few things to ponder when selecting the right cooler or freezer for your needs.
- What will be stored in the walk-in? Depending on an item’s density and temperature, it may take longer to pull down to the correct temperature and a larger refrigeration system may be necessary to compensate.
- What about the door(s)? Doors receive most of the abuse of day-to-day traffic. If doors are frequently opened and closed, you may need a heavy-duty door. Automatic closing devices like cam-lift hinges and a positive door closer are also required so that the door isn’t accidentally left open. If it’s necessary to see inside the walk-in, you will need a view window. Kickplates on the door and inside the walk-in are also helpful in preventing damage. Strip curtains are another useful option that will help block outside air.
- Don’t forget the floor. Consider the weight and frequency of traffic to determine what type of flooring you’ll need. If you’ll be using heavy-loaded carts or heavy shelving inside, you may need a reinforced floor or even a structural floor. If your walk-in will have floor panels, an interior or exterior floor ramp makes for easier access.
- Plan for the future. Will space requirements be increasing soon or will it be necessary to move the walk-in some day? Look for panels that are cam-locking (most are these days). Cam-locks make it easy to dismantle and move your walk-in or expand it should you need to.
- Get the whole package. Can the manufacturer supply both panels and refrigeration system? Getting both from one source can save a lot of time and headaches. Also, remember that on larger projects, you may need help with walk-in and system design. Make sure your supplier or manufacturer has this capability.
- What’s covered in the warranty? Make sure you know what your warranty is and who your local service agent is.