Refrigeration gaskets are the unsung heroes of your refrigerators. These modest refrigeration parts create a seal on your refrigerator door, keeping the cold air in, and more importantly, the warm air out. The gasket on your refrigerator door helps you maintain low temperatures so your product stays cold and safe for consumption. Plus, in most cases they give you a really satisfying "thwump" that lets you know your door has closed completely!
Did you know that a torn or broken refrigerator gasket could cost you some serious change when it comes to your energy bills? That's because your refrigeration equipment is working even harder to maintain the proper temperature—but really, with a broken door gasket, your refrigerator is trying to cool the entire kitchen at that point. Broken gaskets do little for helping you attain your sustainability goals, which is why you want to tackle that problem sooner than later if you suspect it needs replacing. Keep an eye on these other signs of wear that your gasket may be experiencing:
Cracks have appeared in the lining of the gasket
You feel cold air coming out of the refrigerator
The gasket material feels brittle, appears always compressed, or is starting to separate from the equipment
You notice frost building up on the shelves and food in the freezer or walk-in
Not only is a broken refrigerator gasket bad for your energy bills and the environment, but it's also takes a toll on the refrigeration unit itself. When your commercial refrigerator isn't running at its peak performance, you can inadvertently reduce the lifespan of your equipment. For example, when your commercial equipment can't maintain a temperature, it works harder to keep things cold, causing more wear and tear on the machine itself. Fluctuations in temperature is also a serious food safety risk and could promote the growth of harmful bacteria—earning you poor marks from the health inspector and putting your customer's health at risk.
Keep your refrigeration gaskets lasting longer by keeping them clean! Removing food, dirt and other items in between gasket grooves prevents unwanted grime buildup that can affect gasket performance (and could contaminate your food). Wipe between gasket grooves during your daily cleaning routine.
Don't overlook refrigeration gasket parts when it comes to your commercial equipment. Stock up on a few extra refrigerator parts today!