Optimize Cold Storage with Routine Preventative Maintenance

Consolidation of material and proper use of vertical racking systems will ensure adequate utilization of shelf space in your freezers. It will also reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the number of freezers in-service and running below the industry norm of 80%. 

Cold storage preventative maintenance

To ensure the viability of your material in long-term cold storage, implement a formal maintenance policy that includes routine freezer maintenance. In the absence of regular freezer maintenance, gaskets can become compromised due to ice build-up, air convection issues can develop due to high frost levels, and debris can build up in condenser coils. These problems will prevent freezers from maintaining ultra-low temperature uniformity and create inefficiencies that lead to unnecessary energy consumption.

This checklist of routine preventative maintenance measures will help keep your freezers robust and energy-efficient.

•    Blow out the dust from compressor coils 
•    Clean/replace filters 
•    Clean the inner doors and areas around the seal to remove any debris/mold 
•    Remove frost and ice build-up 
•    Inspect the gasket and replace when necessary through a local freezer repair vendor
•    Inspect and adjust the sub-door and hinges 
•    Verify the temperature using a NIST traceable device or equivalent standard 

When you do your part to maintain your freezers, you lower energy consumption and extend the life of your equipment. In other words, the more efficient your ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers – the better they run, and the safer your samples are.

Keeping freezers in good working order is an integral component of efficient cold storage.

To learn more, contact Brooks Life Sciences.