Pollen is in the air! It’s time to share some cold storage maintenance tips. Yesterday we received several postcards from HVAC service companies selling their air conditioner seasonal tune-up services. In order for an HVAC system to work efficiently, the unit requires a little attention. Your cold storage container needs attention also.
Cold Storage Maintenance Tips
Similar to your home air conditioner, it’s time to tune-up your cold storage unit. A simple review of your cold storage system will guarantee your unit is operating as efficiently as possible and, ultimately, maintaining the quality of your product. As we change seasons, pollen and dust are the biggest culprits that negatively impact the operation of our machinery.
As the April showers bring May flowers, consider the following Spring maintenance:
Clean your condenser fans and coils
Debris (i.e. dirt, pollen, leaves, etc.) accumulates on the fan and in between the condenser coil fins of your cooling equipment. Prolonged buildup of dirt will force the unit to work harder and longer. This will ultimately hinder the machine’s performance. Turn your unit off and give the coils a simple rinse with a garden hose.
Check your evaporator coils
On our machines the evaporator coils are not exposed to the outside elements. However, they can still build up with dirt and excess ice. For maximum cooling, you must make sure the evaporator coils are clean and free of ice and dirt that impede the airflow. Moreover, excess ice on the evaporator coils may also impact the micro’s sensors. The best way to clean the coils is to empty the cargo and run the unit at 70 degrees. When any/all ice has melted, just rinse the coils clean.
Visually examine the portable storage container – inside and out
When we do a visual “360” of the unit, we are looking for the following, but not limited to:
- Worn or cut gaskets;
- Fully operational and properly seated doors;
- Holes on the interior or exterior;
- Height and location of the cargo inside the unit;
- Position of the Fresh Air Vent on the outside/back panel of the unit;
- Vinyl curtains installed and fitted properly;
- Clean drains of dirt/debris.
Choose the correct lighting
Do you still have incandescent lighting inside your portable storage container? You might consider changing to LEDs. Aside from energy savings from using lower wattage lighting, consider the amount of heat produced when the 3 x 100 watt bulbs are left on. An incandescent bulb is an extremely inefficient light source. According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, a 100-watt bulb is 2.1% efficient. In other words, it produces about 2 watts of light and 98 watts of heat.
It doesn’t require a special technician to maintain your portable storage container. Instead, following these basic tips will guarantee you are operating the cold storage unit efficiently.
Whether you are operating a hospital, manufacturing pharmaceuticals, distributing food, or managing food service, one of your priorities is safe cold storage of your product. We ask our customers two questions:
- What do you plan to do if your walk-in cooler or freezer crashes?
- Are you prepared for the warmer weather?
Without any redundancy, you wait for the repair technician to arrive. Unfortunately, as you wait for the technician to arrive, temperatures begin to rise. You begin to experience costly product loss. Suppose that product was for a hospital or grocery store? Imagine the possible bacteria or contamination that occurs while you wait for the technician. Worse still: imagine the liabilities of distributing affected product[s].
Time to consider your backup cold storage redundancy!
Having a backup cold storage unit on site offers you the insurance policy necessary to safely continue conducting your business. The backup unit can immediately preserve your product. Moreover, the backup unit creates peace of mind for both you and your customers. Is there anything more valuable than:
- Customer satisfaction;
- Lowering your costs; and/or
- Reducing waste?
In an ideal scenario, businesses can simultaneously operate a primary and backup walk-in cooler. Of course, this requires considerable capital investment. You will also need building certificates/approvals. Additionally, you may need to purchase real estate and/or production space to accommodate the structures.
A more commercially viable alternative to consider is portable cold storage. Portable cold storage offers businesses all the benefits of refrigeration/freezer redundancy. Additionally, portable cold storage does not require any major capital investment or building certificates. Adding a portable cold storage container does not typically impact a business’s production space. They can be domiciled outside in a parking lot. Portables360 offers refrigerated or freezer containers that come in two standard sizes (20′ x 8′ x 8’6″ or 40′ x 8′ 9’6). Similar to a walk-in, these units are fully-programmable. They have the capability of maintaining temperatures ranging from -20°F to +70°F (-28C – 21C). Since the units are portable, they can be used for either short-term or long-term refrigeration/freezer solutions. Moreover, they are electric. Plus they can be positioned inside a building, at a loading dock, or grounded in a parking lot. These units operate similar to your walk-in coolers.
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Shipping and/or cold cargo containers have become increasingly popular with the general public. Storage containers have multiple uses. People upcycle these containers to use as homes and workshops. They are used as solutions for personal storage space. Even hospitals and rehab facilities utilize them. Less known is the fact that refrigerated containers are also available for public use.
Top 6 Uses for Cold Cargo Containers:
Seasonal Food Storage
Reduce the amount of food loss you have after harvesting your crops. By placing the food items into cold storage, you can keep these foods fresher for an extended period. Additionally, you’ll Increase and protect your harvest. Use of climate-controlled units that are easy to set up. Even maintenance is simple for the units! And food storage units can be customized. Add shelves. Put in extra lighting. Portables360 has several add-on features.
Restaurant Food Storage
Restaurants often face issues when trying to expand. Limited space means limited areas for food storage. As a result, more money is spent. And, oftentimes, one of the most viable solutions is overlooked by restaurant owners: refrigerated storage containers. These containers can hold food at the right temperature. They meet all health codes and can easily be placed at the rear of the property for convenience and aesthetic purposes.
Grocery Store Cold Storage
Buying in bulk allows grocery stores to keep prices down and offer sale items to their customers. However, storing these bulk purchases can be a challenge. The solution is using a customized cold storage container. They are cost-effective and convenient.
Outdoor or Indoor Events
Festivals, fairs, and sporting events almost always involve food and drink areas. Therefore, organizers for these events need reliable cold storage solutions to meet demands of their patrons. These events take place in open areas where typical food storage is not available. Or storage is inconsistent. Cold storage containers hold food and drinks at the right temperature for the length of your event.
Construction or Job Site Cold Storage
Construction sites need cold storage solutions for their crew. There are several reasons that construction sites may need this type of storage. Storing chemicals or other hazardous materials need to be temperature regulated. And having a temperature controlled office or break space for the crew is important on a job site. Additionally, a storage unit converted to a mobile office is a business asset.
Natural Disasters – Emergency Situations
When a natural disaster or national emergency occurs, there is a vital need for cold storage. Medicines, food, and water need to be brought into these areas. This is crucial. They need to be preserved. Areas that are lacking electricity have nowhere to house these necessities. Using cargo containers run by generators can solve this problem and bring help to those in need.
These are only six of the top reasons for cold cargo containers. There are many more, to be sure. Portables 360 works with their customers to create custom refrigerated storage solutions. Our products are reliable and affordable.