3 Common Cool Room Problems (And How You Can Solve Them)

10 March 2020
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Starting a food business that will require bulk storage of perishable products? You will have to consider cool room installation. Cold rooms provide adequate storage space for bulk food products, which is essential to prevent food wastage and losses. However, just like any commercial equipment, cold rooms may develop a few issues down the line. You need to know when this happens to look for expert repair solutions early enough. Here is an overview of some of the common cold room problems and what you can do regarding repairs.

Spoiled Food

Rotting of products is one of the problems you are likely to encounter in your cold room. In some cases, though rare, your products could have been rotten already before you store them. To ensure this isn't the case, always inspect all your products carefully before keeping them in your cold room. Your products could also start rotting if there's uneven temperature in the room. In most cases, you will notice the rotting on products on the top shelves. That's because warmer air tends to rise (high temperatures promote rotting).

Fluctuating temperatures in your cold room may be as a result of poor stacking of products (storing too many products than your refrigeration unit can handle). The solution here is to store the volume of products recommended for your cold room. You could also be dealing with a poorly installed thermostat, or your evaporator coils could be having huge temperature differences. Proper installation of high-quality thermostat (away from the evaporator coils, cold exterior walls and doors) should help fix the problem. You can also install air tubes or fans and rearrange the storage units in your cool room to promote uniform airflow.

Condensation on the Walls

Have you noticed water droplets on walls and other surfaces inside your cool room? Condensing walls are usually caused by the internal surfaces in the room being cooler than the air getting inside. The first solution to this problem is to add insulation to the condensing surfaces to warm them up. You could also ensure that there's a proper flow of air inside the room (using fans, air tubes, etc.). Another solution to condensing walls is to seal all areas of the cold room, particularly the doors (by adding rubber seals) to prevent air from spilling inside.

Mould Growth

Mould thrives in damp areas, and that's why it's a common problem in cold rooms. Usually, it results from high levels of dampness and fluctuating temperatures on different surfaces inside the room. Managing condensation and ensuring proper airflow in your cold room can help fix this. Worth noting is that mould can reoccur, so always keep the room dry and disinfected.