The commercial cooler your have in your business kitchen is easily one of the most valuable pieces of equipment that you have and when something goes wrong, there is no doubt that it will have a major impact in your business. They key to never being stuck in a bind because your cooler goes down is to learn how to spot symptoms that there is a problem well in advance. A lot of the most common problems in a cooling unit will start with noises. Here are a few of the most common noises that you may hear coming from the cooler in your commercial kitchen and the causes you should be well aware of as the owner.
Unexplained Dripping Noises
The condensation inside of the cooler is supposed to drain out through drainage lines that are implemented throughout the base of the unit. If you hear drips, but you are finding no water inside of the cooler, you could just be hearing collected moisture making its way through the lines. However, you should be on the lookout for moisture in places where it should not be, such as around the outside of the door or from beneath the unit, as this could also mean that the drainage lines are blocked and the water is dripping elsewhere.
Whistling or Squealing
High-pitched whistles and squeals coming from the cooler in the kitchen will almost always mean that you have an air pressure leak in the condensation motor. Air pressure is used to force air across the cooling lines to produce refrigerated air. However, this could also be a sign that the fan on your motor is starting to fail as well. Either way, you need to have a professional come and take a look right away.
The sound of something grinding when the commercial cooler is running should definitely put you on high alert that there is something wrong. In most cases, the grinding that you hear will be coming from the condensation fan motor. The fan motor has an impeller that spins to push cold air through the unit and if the impeller gets jammed, either due to damage or something caught in the blades, it will make a grinding noise that is hard to miss. Unfortunately, if this problem is not addressed immediately, you could end up with a completely failed motor. However, if you get a technician to your business immediately, you may get by with just a replacement impeller.
Even though noises can be annoying, when they are coming from your commercial cooler they can actually be a big help if you are paying attention. If the cooler in your kitchen is making inexplicable noises, talk to a professional like one from Pro-Staff Mechanical Inc who provides commercial cooler repairs right away.
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