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Leaking Commercial Refrigeration Equipment?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Apr 28, 2020 9:52:44 AM

Do you think you may have a  Freon leak in your commercial or industrial refrigeration equipment?

Commercial and industrial refrigeration systems can leak up to 30% of the charge during a year. Leak rates can be dramatically reduced with adherence to best practices in service, maintenance leak testing and repair.walkinrefrig

Detecting Freon leaks is very important.  These leaks can cause serious health issues if they are not repaired.

Freon poisoning happens when someone is exposed to the chemicals used to cool appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Freon is a tasteless, mostly odorless gas. When it is deeply inhaled, it may cut off vital oxygen to your lungs and cells.

Limited exposure from a spill on your skin or breathing near an open container is only mildly harmful. However, care should be taken to avoid contact with these types of chemicals. According to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), even small amounts can cause symptoms.

Symptoms of Freon poisoning:

  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat
  • heart palpitations

Inhaling these fumes on purpose to “get high” poses a dangerous health risk. Regularly inhaling high concentrations of Freon can cause breathing problems, fluid buildup in the lungs, organ damage, and sudden death (OEHHA, 2003).

if you think you have noticed commercial refrigeration leaks, call us. Our trained technicians can help you detect the source and repair your cooling equipment. 

With more than 30 years in the industry, Ohio Refrigeration is the leader in installing and maintaining commercial equipment. The difference is in our craftsmanship. You have only to look at one of our installations to recognize the effort we put into our work. Pipes are straight, hangers are level and insulation fits precisely. We don’t cut corners.

Our Commercial Refrigeration Services Include:

  • Medium Temperature Cases
  • Low Temperature Cases
  • Ultra Low Temperature Cases
  • Environmental Chambers
  • Processed Chillers
  • Walk-In Coolers and Freezers
  • Commercial Ice Machines
  • Refrigeration Maintenance
  • Under Counter Refrigerators
  • Counter Top Cases
  • Wine Coolers
  • Bottle Coolers
  • Restaurant Refrigeration Equipment 

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Topics: refrigeration equipment, commercial heating & cooling, commercial refrigeration

How to Maintain Your Walk-in Cooler or Freezer

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 27, 2019 9:08:57 AM

If you are in the foodservice business or own a grocery or convenience store, you know how important it is to have your walk-in refrigeration equipment working properly. Walk-ins aren't cheap and you want them to last a long time. Regular maintenance can protect your investment while also lowering your energy bills.

Here are some easy tips for maintaining your walk-in cooler or freezer.

  • Keep the door closed when you are not using it. Blocking the door or propping it open for extended periods of time lowers the temperature commercial walk-in cooler dramatically. Keep it closed at all times except when entering and exiting your walk-in.

  • Torn gaskets let in warm air causing your equipment to work harder.

  • At least twice a year, you need to clean the evaporator and condensing coil. If located outside, the coils should be cleaned more often. Also you need to clean the fan blades to reduce drag.

  • Check the fan motors to be sure they are running at optimum speed.

  • Maintain clear and adequate airflow with outside condensing units. Don't allow trash or weeds to accumulate around the walk-in.

  • Make sure there is nothing stacked around the coil to prevent restricted airflow.

  • Don't pile anything on the top of your walk-in. Ceiling panels can be damaged from this.

  • At least once a year, you need to have a service technician check all electrical connections to ensure they are good and tight. Loose wires could cause high amperage, which will cause your unit to use more energy and increase your electric bill.

  • Check the insulation on suction lines between the condensing unit and evaporator coil for any damage or decay. Replace as needed.

  • Lubricate the hinges at least once a year to ensure they close properly. Many hinges utilize self-lubricating nylon cams, so this step wouldn't be needed.

  • Turn off the lights. They produce heat, which will cause your unit to run more to hold maintain the optimal temperature.  A switch with a pilot light can let you know if the light is on without opening the door.

  • Check the door sweep for tears and make sure it is sealing properly against the threshold.

  • Periodically, check gaskets between panels to make sure they are not cracked or weathered. Replacement of damaged gaskets will ensure your walk-in is efficient and up to local health codes.

With more than 30 years in the industry, Ohio Refrigeration is the leader in installing and maintaining commercial refrigeration equipment and restaurant refrigeration equipment.  From commercial ice machines, walk-in cooler repair, refrigerated display cases or wine coolers, we offer our clients a full array of refrigeration installation and repair services.  We offer everything from fabrication and installation to sales and expert commercial refrigeration repair. We are your refrigeration solution specialists. 

Call when you need your refrigeration equipment repaired or maintained. Our team is experienced with refrigerated display case repair, commercial ice machine repair, and restaurant refrigeration equipment repairs and replacement. 

We offer innovative ideas, product knowledge and focused customer care, so you will receive the best product, the best service and superior operational knowledge for your food service operation.  We're the leading Columbus commercial refrigeration company. Call us when you need an experienced refrigeration equipment repair company.  614.863.6666.

We install and service all makes and models.

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Topics: commercial refrigeration, commercial ice machines, walk-in cooler repair, restaurant refrigeration equipment, maintaining your walk-in cooler or freezer

Tips to Avoid Commercial Refrigeration Breakdowns

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jan 14, 2019 9:23:03 AM

Commercial refrigeration appliances are big investment for your business, and unfortunately they’re not made to last forever. Keeping up with regular maintenance and minor repairs can help extend the life of your commercial refrigerators. Depending on wear and tear, commercial refrigerators should have an average lifespan of ten years. (With proper maintenance, some high-quality models can last up to fifteen years.)

The most important factor in keeping your commercial refrigeration systems working efficiently for a long time is proper maintenance. Proper maintenance can help extend the life of coolers, freezers, chillers and ice machines.

Proper maintenance also greatly reduces the need for  emergency service caused by major component failure such as a compressor or condenser fan motor failing due to a dirty coil.

Maintenance of your refrigeration equipment is essential.  The following is a short list of things that can happen when you don't maintain your units properly:

  1. Failure of fan motors caused by dirty coils restricting air flow. commercial refrigeration 2
  2. Failure of thermostat caused by high amp draw due to dirty condenser coils.
  3. Failure of compressor caused by dirty condenser coil and excessive head pressure.
  4. Restriction of capillary tubing caused by refrigerant oil overheating and fouling.
  5. Wiring burning and failing due to excessive amp draw caused by high head pressure and dirty condenser coils.
  6. Increased electrical consumption and amp draw due to longer run times caused by dirty condenser coils.

The condenser is one of the main components of any cooling or air conditioning system. It' primary function is to condense the refrigerant sent to it from the compressor. Many problems are caused by a dirty or blocked condenser.

If a condenser becomes dirty, less heat transfer can take place from the refrigerant to the surrounding air. If less heat can be rejected to the surrounding air with an air-cooled condenser, the heat will start to accumulate in the condenser.

This causes the condensing temperature to rise. The temperature can rise to a point where the difference between the condensing temperature and the surrounding air is great enough to reject heat from the condenser. A higher condensing temperature and pressure causing high compression ratios cause the system to not perform efficiently.

It is important to recognize when it’s time to replace your old equipment. If you’re not careful, you could end up wasting money and resources on inefficient refrigerators in extensive repair costs, higher utility bills, and spoiled inventory. 

If you need commercial refrigeration assistance, whether it is maintenance or choosing and installing a new system, the team at Ohio Heating & Refrigeration can help. We are your cooling solution specialists. We install and service all makes and models.

With more than 30 years in the industry, Ohio Heating & Refrigeration is the leader in installing commercial cooling equipment.  

Our Commercial Services Include:

To learn more about our services or to schedule maintenance for your cooling unit, call us at 614.863.6666 or contact us online.

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Topics: commercial refrigeration, refrigeration maintenance

Is Your Commercial Refrigeration Energy Efficient?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Aug 15, 2017 8:14:00 AM

Saving money by using energy efficient equipment is the smart thing to do.

Ohio Refrigeration has partnered with refrigeration industry leaders to provide the highest efficiency ratings on new commercial refrigeration products. Our commercial refrigeration equipment delivers more performance using less energy. refrig_comm_small.png

Ohio Refrigeration sells ENERGY STAR  products. This is an EPA program  that was created to let consumers and companies know which products save significantly more energy and environmental resources than similar equipment. The ENERGY STAR emblem signifies that the item is energy efficient, designed to help you save money while helping save the environment.

To further define which products are most energy efficient, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), is engaged in an initiative to raise the bar for energy-efficient products and services. CEE is a nonprofit, public benefits corporation that is developing strategies for a market transformation that will bring lasting structural and behavioral changes in the marketplace to increase the adoption of energy-efficient technologies.

The Commercial Kitchens Initiative from CEE provides an overview of the Initiative, background on food service energy consumption and the food service industry, initiative goals, strategies and major activities, initiative participation requirements, and efficiency specifications for commercial kitchen equipment.

The CEE is establishing clear definitions as to what constitutes highly efficient energy and water performance in cooking, refrigeration and sanitary equipment, percentile improvements significantly exceeding the top tier of ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements. Once companies submit verifiable and certifiable efficiency data, CEE-rated performance will enable consumers to meet new and stringent energy mandates or qualify for energy efficiency rebates.

With more than 30 years in the industry, Ohio Refrigeration is the leader in installing and maintaining commercial refrigeration equipment. Whether you need a repair or replacement, we can provide you the best solutions for your budget.

Our Commercial Refrigeration Services Include:

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Topics: commercial refrigeration, commercial refrigeration equipment, Ohio Refrigeration, processed chillers, commercial ice machine sales, commercial wine coolers

Do You Have a Leak in Your Commercial Refrigeration Unit?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jul 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Do you think you may have a  Freon leak in your refrigeration equipment?

Commercial and industrial refrigeration systems can leak up to 30% of the charge during a year. Leak rates can be dramatically reduced with adherence to best practices in service, maintenance leak testing and repair.chiller-955192-edited

Detecting Freon leaks is very important.  These leaks can cause serious health issues if they are not repaired.

Freon poisoning happens when someone is exposed to the chemicals used to cool appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Freon is a tasteless, mostly odorless gas. When it is deeply inhaled, it may cut off vital oxygen to your lungs and cells.

Limited exposure from a spill on your skin or breathing near an open container is only mildly harmful. However, care should be taken to avoid contact with these types of chemicals. According to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), even small amounts can cause symptoms.

Symptoms of Freon poisoning:

  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat
  • heart palpitations

Inhaling these fumes on purpose to “get high” poses a dangerous health risk. Regularly inhaling high concentrations of Freon can cause breathing problems, fluid buildup in the lungs, organ damage, and sudden death (OEHHA, 2003).

if you think you have noticed commercial refrigeration leaks, call us. Our trained technicians can help you detect the source and repair your cooling equipment.  

With more than 30 years in the industry, Ohio Refrigeration is the leader in installing and maintaining commercial equipment. The difference is in our craftsmanship. You have only to look at one of our installations to recognize the effort we put into our work. Pipes are straight, hangers are level and insulation fits precisely. We don’t cut corners.

Our Commercial Refrigeration Services Include:

  • Medium Temperature Cases
  • Low Temperature Cases
  • Ultra Low Temperature Cases
  • Environmental Chambers
  • Processed Chillers
  • Walk-In Coolers and Freezers
  • Commercial Ice Machines
  • Refrigeration Maintenance
  • Under Counter Refrigerators
  • Counter Top Cases
  • Wine Coolers
  • Bottle Coolers
  • Restaurant Refrigeration Equipment 

Contact Us Now!

Read More

Topics: refrigeration equipment, commercial heating & cooling, commercial refrigeration

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