WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING A USED FREEZER....

While shopping for a used freezer, there are several key factors to take into consideration before you commit to purchase...

Some of my clients get wrapped up into the age of the unit. Though this is important, it is not as critical as the condition of the unit itself.
For example, we all have a grand parent with an old round top refrigerator that runs great... it just won't die. In many cases freezers and coolers of days gone by were built much better then today's. Granted, these "older" units are not nearly as efficient as the ones of today... And the ones of today do have more options and features as well as they tend to be easier to use and maintain.

So what do we look for...and what are warning signs of a unit going bad? Some inside trade secrets and tips should help clarify the question:

1.) Obviously it is important to ensure the unit runs and "pulls" temperature-gets cold! A thermometer is crucial here and a digital thermometer is better yet. A digital thermometer shows temperature drops in tenths of a degree and is more accurate then traditional mercury filled thermometers. If you don't have a digital thermometer (and why would the typical purchaser), then ask the salesman to borrow his.

2.) Check the door gaskets. This is critical. A door gasket "seals" the unit and keeps the cold in. If you have a ripped or torn gasket the unit will not be as efficient as it was designed to be. However, don't allow a torn or ripped gasket deter your purchase. A door gasket is fairly easy and inexpensive to replace. If the price for the unit is right, a gasket is a inexpensive and easy repair.

Pictured here are examples of non sealing and ripped door gaskets...signs to look for when shopping for used equipment.

3.) Is there water, oil, or other liquids on the floor underneath the unit? Without going into technical details, any fluid leaking from the unit typically is a bad sign. NOTE: all units do condensate and will therefore leak some water. This water is designed to be retained in an overflow pan at the base/bottom of the unit. This is common and ordinary and shouldn't raise any questions.

4.) Inspect the cleanliness of the unit. If the unit is filthy, it is a good indication of how well it was maintained. A dirty unit will not last as long as a clean, well maintained unit.

5.) Check out the thermostat (if equipped). The thermostat is designed to maintain temperature inside the cabinet but it also tells the compressor when to run. If the thermostat is bad, it could prevent the unit from shutting off on temperature and can severely damage the compressor. How can you verify a if the thermostat is good? Go to:TROUBLESHOOTING THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL

6.) Do the lights work? NOTE: Most freezer lights will not come on until the unit gets to a certain temperature. Don't panic or jump to conclusions when you first start a commercial grade freezer and the lights don't come on...this is normal. If the lights do not come on there are several easy to look for answers. First wait until the compressor shuts off indicating the unit has reached the designed temperature. If the lights still do not work:

A.)Check the bulbs...keep in mind, in many units, if one bulb is bad, NONE of the lights will work.

B.) Some units will have a "stater" which is an easy and inexpensive fix.

C.) Most freezers have a ballast that runs the lights. If the ballast is bad, this can be an easy or very difficult repair depending on it's location and wiring. This is something an electrician or technician should deal with.

D.) Another more technical reason for lights not working is lack of 110 voltage through the 220 voltage power source. Again, this will require an electrician or a certified / licensed technician.

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BRAND NAMES

There are many good brand name FREEZERS in the industry today. Personal preference can be assimilated to the auto industry in that ALL companies make similar models and ALL companies have good and bad models.

However, there are detailed differences which clearly separates and defines the individual manufacturers.

I do have personal favorite manufacturers and an even smaller list of those in which I would recommend to avoid. For practicality, I will choose to define / list the features of my top three favorites. Although I have listed my "favorites" in order, there are needs and applications in which I would choose my second or third favorite above the first. The application and usage of a commercial grade freezer is imperative in the decision of which freezer to purchase:


MASTER BILT:

The Master Bilt freezer, in my opinion, is the best freezer money can buy. Features of the Master Bilt include;

* 1 1/2 hp Copeland compressor (leads the industry) OR Copeland balanced and sealed hermetic compressors (depends on year)
* Digital controls with factory programmed settings
* Latching doors ~ only freezer to have doors that latch open. This feature allows for ease of loading with product without having to prop the door open or have it continually slap you in the behind.
* Heavy duty shelving. This freezer does not have those clips that continually fall off, are hard to install, or are mysteriously lost like a sock in the dryer.
* Full length glass doors - allows for maximum visibility for displaying of products. Also; up until 2009, Master Bilt utilized Anthony doors. These are bar none, the best doors in the industry and are commonly found on most walk in coolers and freezers
* Heavy duty frame and supports.
* Largest evaporator fans in the business which allows for greater air movement and cooling.


TRUE:

The True freezer is probably the most common and typical freezer used in the industry today.
* 1 1/2 hp Copeland compressor (leads the industry)
* Well lit cabinet with interior and exterior (signage) lighting.
* Heavy duty frame and supports.


BEVERAGE AIR:

* Well lit cabinet with interior and exterior (signage) lighting.
* Heavy duty frame and supports.
* Well built door closures / hardware
* Easy to access and use thermostat
* Easiest of all freezers to diagnose, maintain, service, and repair

Here again, please note, there are several makes and models of freezers in the industry today....please don't misconstrued my favorites to mean the only good freezers in the industry are the ones I have listed here. However, the retail stores of America most commonly purchase these names over the others and are therefor far more apt to being a "good" and "reasonable" sense of judge of freezers then myself. Furthermore, my opinion is a bit bias as these are the units I purchase, service, and sell primarily.


TRUE:

The name TRUE as referenced to commercial refrigeration is likely the most common and most recognizable name in the industry. TRUE makes an outstanding freezer - always have and probably always will. With that said, TRUE has not upgraded their box or freezer at all and in my humble opinion is falling behind the competition. The TRUE has many nice features such as:
* Has a well lit cabinet interior and the exterior upper sign marque, with many different styles and options is also well lit.
* Heavy duty frame and supports.
* Well built door closures / hardware
* Easy to access and use thermostat
* Copeland 1.5 HP compressors
* TRUE is the only brand (currently) to have an internal box drain


Do keep in mind, each manufacture has it's flaws too. I am currently debating whether I should speak on the common "problem" areas of each unit. I do openly share these "issues" with my clients as they prepare to make an educated purchase.




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