Commercial freezers are major investment for any business, especially one that is local or family-owned. At the same time, they are essential pieces of equipment in all restaurants, as well as other businesses with a myriad of needs. There are many things to think about and to take into consideration before buying. After all, not every commercial freezer for sale is the same.In this article, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of factors to consider when you’re in the market for commercial refrigeration in Adelaide. Feel free to use it as a checklist or a guide not only for when you need a commercial freezer, but also to help determine if there might be a better one out there to invest in for your business.
Size and Storage
This is probably the most obvious factor to consider, which is why we’ve listed it first. But there’s more to think about than just square footage.
First, you need to make sure that whatever unit you buy will fit your space. You can use 3D imaging technology (simpler than it sounds) to generate a lifelike photo of how the freezer will look in your kitchen. At the very least, make careful measurements to envision where it will go. Try putting painter’s tape on the floor of the space to get an even better idea of size.
The other factor here is storage space. While ample storage space is great, remember that the larger the unit, the more energy it will use to cool. On the other hand, a jam-packed refrigerator or freezer will result in uneven cooling and may even cause food spoilage and waste. Assess your needs and make a realistic estimate about potential growth of your business.
Generally speaking, the larger the freezer, the more expensive it will be to run. You can expect a pretty substantial increase in your electricity costs once you install a commercial freezer, regardless of size.
That said, if you’re hoping to replace an older commercial refrigeration system, you may end up saving in the end. Newer models are more efficient than ever. If ongoing costs are a concern, most manufacturers publish the energy needs of their appliances, so you can crunch some numbers and find out approximately what it will cost each month.
Number and Type of Doors
Commercial freezers come with several options for doors. They are built with one, two, or three doors; your choice here will largely depend on the space in which you’ll house the refrigerator.
The doors can swing in, swing out, and slide. Some prefer swinging doors since they can be easier to use when carrying trays of food or ingredients but sliding doors can be major space savers when that is at a premium, as it is in most restaurant kitchens.
Finally, if energy consumption is a concern, consider automatic or self-closing doors. That way, you never have to worry about a busy staff person forgetting to close the door behind them.
Condenser or Compressor Location
There are benefits to both top-mounted and bottom-mounted condensers or compressors. With top-mounted models, they generally last longer and are safer. They also don’t require as much maintenance, since they experience less exposure to grease.
No-brainer, right? Unfortunately, no. Top-mounted condensers are also more costly as they use more electricity to run. Bottom-mounted compressor refrigerators are more efficient, especially when installed in a hot space, such as a restaurant kitchen.
The Manufacturer and Dealer
Finally, who you buy from and who makes your commercial freezer also matters. Most manufacturers offer limited warranties and additional protection plans. If you know that your business’s refrigerator tends to take a beating, take that into consideration.
Chances are also good that at some point, you’ll need commercial fridge freezer repair. It’s much more convenient to be able to go to your dealer when this happens, rather than searching for a repair person knowledgeable enough to handle your freezer make and model.
Features for Your Needs and Space
The most important thing is that whatever commercial freezer you choose, it suits your specific needs first and foremost. You might want to start by perusing this list and defining how each of the things to consider would best work for you. That way, you and your dealer can make an informed decision.
Here at John Bossy Refrigeration, our experienced team can tell you everything you need to know about commercial refrigeration, air conditioning sales, installation, and long-term service. Get in touch to find out more today!