The Consequences of Overloading Your Commercial Freezer

28 June 2022

Commercial freezers are only one of the few cold storage solutions that businesses use in storing and preserving food products and other sensitive materials. Through their freezing temperature, these units can be effective in protecting the items from microbial contamination and damage.

Depending on their main operations, businesses utilise different types of commercial freezers to store their products. Reach-in freezers, for instance, are used to store products intended for kitchen applications. Alternatively, walk-in freezers allow people to walk into them and access their needed items from the shelving. Commercial kitchens can also work with worktop freezers as they can store the ingredients needed for cooking preparation processes.

If you currently utilise commercial freezers, you must ensure that they only store their advised number of items. Going beyond their recommended storage capacity will only cause the following consequences.

Inefficient Operations

One of the notable consequences of overloading your commercial freezers is inefficient operations. These units have been designed to cater to a specific volume of products. If they have been loaded with too many items, their freezing components will have to work harder just to keep them cold. But since your freezers have been crammed and filled with so many products, the cold air that comes out of their system will not be able to circulate and reach the others anymore.

Damaged Products

Somehow connected to the first consequence, overloading your commercial freezers will only cause products to deteriorate and get damaged. As mentioned earlier, overloaded commercial freezers will have difficulties in circulating the cold air and preserving products that are crammed inside the units. Some products may still be preserved by these cold storage solutions. Others, however, do not receive cold air, which may lead to their gradual deterioration. As time passes, the appearance, texture, flavour, aroma, and other notable qualities of affected products will slowly worsen.

Higher Energy Usage

Another consequence of overloading your commercial freezers is they can make your energy usage higher. Commercial freezers have recommended storage capacity to ensure that their cooling components can work efficiently throughout their operations. But if they need to cool products beyond the limit of the freezers, they do not have a choice but to work and operate harder. As they work beyond their normal capacity, they would require more electricity, which then translates to higher utility bills.

Shorter Service Life

Commercial freezers normally last for a long time, especially if they are being inspected and maintained regularly. But despite frequent inspection and maintenance, their service life can still become shorter if you continuously overload them with items. As more products are loaded into these cold storage units, they may block the air vents, push the compressor the work harder, and restrict the air from circulating. These things may cause your freezers to deteriorate and ultimately break down.

Overloading your freezers should be avoided to ensure that they can stay beneficial to your business. To know more about commercial freezers, you can call us at C&M Coolroom Services.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
Mobile: 0412 536 315

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