A large storm system is approaching Chicago. Word on the street is that this could be the biggest Chicago blizzard in a long long time. While this type of weather can be fun for kids who are looking for a few days off of school, it can be a nightmare for Chicago restaurants.
Here are a few reasons why.
These winters are often typical to Chicago, and they can lead to big problems with commercial refrigeration equipment. Extremely cold weather can cause coolers and commercial freezers to run warm. Large amounts of snow fall can also cause equipment to break down and lead to costly repairs.
This is especially true when the compressor units of your commercial refrigeration are located outside where drifting snow can get drawn into cooling condensers. When this happens the compressors can shut off due to an internal safety switch. During times of snow accumulation and or drifting snow, care should be taken to insure outdoor compressor units don’t get buried in snow. This will result in warm product temperature in the conditioned space.
We recommend that after a snow storm, you and your restaurant should have an inspection of outdoor compressor units. This inspection will help to ensure that they are not buried in snow. If they are on a roof, a service company should be called out to perform the inspection for safety reasons.
Be sure to keep an eye on cooler and freezer temperatures during and after heavy snow fall. You should also call for service if there is a rise in cooler or ice box temperature.
Northeast Cooling would be happy to help keep your valuable and important equipment running smoothly during this Chicago harsh winter weather.