Before any major purchase, especially one that impacts your business, doing a thorough investigation of your options can help you feel confident in your decision. If you’re in the market for a new commercial reach-in refrigerator, here are some things to consider before you sign on the dotted line.
Size and Energy Matters
Width and depth are important when considering a reach-in fridge, but height is equally as important. Remember that the bigger the refrigerator unit, the more energy it consumes. Make sure that the unit’s insulation is thick to maximize efficiency. Depending on the top-mount compressor, there may be a minimum clearance needed from the top of the reach-in to the ceiling.
What Is the Environment Like?
Is your kitchen constantly blowing air conditioning? Knowing the average temperature of the kitchen will inform which type of fridge you buy. If it stays above 75 degrees, you will need to get a unit that has a high ambient temperature which maintains the desired internal temperature. Consider the temperatures around your reach-in and how that affects the products inside.
Do You Need a Holding or Working Box?
If you need a refrigerated area just to store food overnight, then a “holding” box is the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you need a cool space that you are in and out of all day, then you need a “working” box.
The major difference between the two is the design and temperature sustainability. A working box’s compressor has the ability to maintain the correct internal temperature while being used by employees throughout the day. Ask the product specialists questions and review the specifications sheet to ensure you’re getting the right reach-in fridge for your situation.
Top or Bottom Compressor?
If your kitchen collects a lot of dust or flour, then a top-mounted unit is ideal. Bottom-mounted compressors draw air close to the floor, collecting all the dust and flour from the floor along with it. This can harm your compressor’s effectiveness over time.
Bottom mounted compressors are preferred in kitchens that stay above 75 degrees. It’s no secret that heat rises, so if you purchase a top-mounted compressor, then it would have to work harder to keep the unit cool. On the contrary, a bottom-mounted unit draws in cold air near the floor.