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Restaurant Equipment is Not One Size Fits All

Restaurant Equipment is Not One Size Fits All

tape measureWhen searching for your next set of St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Clayton MO, it is important to recognize the vast nature of your options and brand offerings.  There will be price points to focus on depending upon your decided budget and certain trim levels so to speak, that you will want to look closer at in order to get the features which you desire in your new restaurant equipment in St Louis.  If you are looking at freezers, for example, arm yourself with the basic knowledge you can find online, such as the different components that make up most prefabricated walk-in coolers, then it will be your job to find the right one for your business. “What should you consider in the process? There are many variables, but here are a few basic things that you can nail down right now.”

Answer the question regarding your new walk in cooler for your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Clayton, “Do you need refrigerated or frozen storage space?” A basic question, this is the first element upon which you will need to ponder.  “Not all coolers will maintain the same holding temperatures. Walk-in refrigerators will hold food below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, while walk-in freezers will keep food frozen near 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The physical differences are small, but they can greatly impact your choices. A refrigeration system for a walk-in freezer will be larger and more powerful than a system for a cooler. Plus, freezer panels will be thicker to help maintain the colder temperatures.”

According to our recent research on the restaurant equipment subject on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales and Service, it is also imperative to remember that we cannot operate from a one size fits all perspective. “We offer a wide range of sizes from 48” to 120” wide and 70” to 168” long. With capacities from 105 cu. ft. to 860 cu. ft. you’ll find the size you need, but how can you determine what that size is?”  Follow our posts here on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment Service near Clayton for more helpful purchasing information.

 

The Door Details of Your Cooling Equipment

The Door Details of Your Cooling Equipment

detailsLooking at coolers for your restaurant equipment and sales in St Louis, we know that there are several models and styles from which to choose. At your St Louis Cooling Sales near Overland MO, we are into HVAC and commercial restaurant equipment, along with the servicing of any and all of these things.  We want to talk further about the specific details of importance when you are looking for a new walk-in cooler for your commercial restaurant or business.

A very important element of any walk-in, the door must provide access while still preventing cold air from escaping. Plus, the door is the most abused and used part of the walk-in refrigeration system and needs to be able to stand up to frequent use by you and all others who work in your commercial kitchen. Here are a few things that are recommended by experts online that we encountered in our pursuit of valid information on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation near Overland MO, “Purchasing a unit with a self-closing door mechanism, high quality door hinges and latches, along with well-fitting gaskets can help it last longer and prevent loss of cold air for greater energy efficiency. Other options that you may see include a small window in the door for viewing or door locks to keep your food secure after hours.”

Also, because it may matter to your commercial kitchen layout and your cooling needs, you will want to look at door configuration and location.  “The door location is different from one model to another. Check out the diagram on each product page to see exactly where the door will be located on that particular unit.”  Stay tuned for the next post when we talk about a purchasing check list that may help in your pursuit of cooling equipment for your commercial restaurant needs in St Louis MO.

The Refrigeration System in Your Walk-In Freezer

The Refrigeration System in Your Walk-In Freezer

freezerWhen we are looking at walk-in freezers for your commercial restaurant equipment list, we need to focus, also, on the most advanced portion of the animal, the refrigeration system itself.  “The most complex part of the unit is the refrigeration system. To bring it down to basics, you’ll want to know how much power the system will need in order to operate, where that power will be coming from, and how much clearance and ventilation the system will need. All of these are things that could affect the configuration that you choose.”

The size you decide upon will have something to do with what the Commercial Refrigeration in St Louis near Maryland Heights requires.  “Smaller walk-in coolers typically require a 1/2 hp compressor to hold temperatures at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Walk-in freezers often need a larger compressor—around 1 hp—to maintain those colder temperatures.”  Size and efficiency are a toss up and balancing act as they are in so many other industries as well.  So, it is safe to assume that the larger the walk-in freezer, the more powerful the refrigeration system will need to be.  This will discourage you from buying a freezer that is more space than you really need since you will give up not only physical real estate for it, but also more money, a larger refrigeration system and a higher cost to operate.

While shopping around, also keep in mind that your space may limit your options when it comes to the location of the refrigeration system, as it is not only the space of the freezer you need to consider, but that the refrigeration system increases in size as well. If you have a very low ceiling, or can’t install the proper ventilation, you may need to go with a side-mounted or remote configuration.  Don’t forget that the ventilation takes up room too.  Either way, if you call on experts, such as your St Louis Refrigeration Installation near Maryland Heights, what seems a bit overwhelming in terms of content and vastness of information, can be cleared up in a jiffy.

High R-Value in Your Walk In Freezer

High R-Value in Your Walk In Freezer

walk in freezerIn our adventures today in an effort to continue our discussions on walk-in freezers for your list of necessary restaurant equipment, we come upon the area of composition encircling the prefabricated walk-in cooler as opposed to the custom made version of these pieces of restaurant equipment in St Louis near St Charles MO.  “At their simplest, a prefabricated walk-in cooler is just a large insulated box with a cooling system. The components can be summed up in a very short list: panels, floor, door, and refrigeration system.”  Now it is time to go into further details about the above mentioned components.

Basically sandwiches made of foam insulation and thin metal sheets, panels range in size from 3 1/2″ – 5″ thick and their primary function is to keep the walk-in at the correct temperature for storing your fresh or frozen foods. They are generally made using a 24 to 26 gauge galvanized steel, aluminum or aluminum-coated steel, painted steel, or stainless steel that is called the skin of the freezer itself in the St Louis Restaurant Equipment world. In an effort to maintain a professional and perhaps commercial look, panels also often have embossed patterns in the metal. This pattern can actually add to its strength and reduce the notability of wear and tear.

“Pressed inside the skin is dense insulating foam to ensure energy efficiency. Some options come with extruded polystyrene foam insulation but the most common insulating material is foamed-in polyurethane.”  A high-performing insulator, extruded polystyrene has great moisture resistance. When researching the walk-in freezer options on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales and Service near St Charles, we found it described as the best material to retain R-value.  “While most materials break down and lose R-value over time, polystyrene retains its insulating ability longer. Polyurethane is also a great insulator; however it may not stand the test of time as well as other materials.”  You are recommended to look for high quality insulation materials with low thermal transference and high R-value when seeking a walk in freezer to add to your list of restaurant equipment in St Louis.

The Floor of Your Prefabricated Walk in Refrigeration

The Floor of Your Prefabricated Walk in Refrigeration

walk in refrigeratorPrefabricated Walk in Freezers are the way to go for some who are looking for the right walk-in freezer to mark off of their commercial refrigeration shopping list.  We have discussed that the parts consist of the following: panels, floor, door, and refrigeration system.  We already looked at great length at the panels in a walk in refrigerator or freezer system for your St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near Sunset Hills and how many things to watch for when buying one for your restaurant or commercial kitchen.  Next, we proceed to the floor of your next walk in refrigeration product.

Depending on the space you have, models with and without floors are available to help fit your commercial kitchen needs. Floor materials differ between manufacturers, but many will be made of smooth aluminum. Depending on the amount of traffic your cooler will see in a given day, you may need to look into upgrading to a more durable floor, and so they are offered this way as well, with the option of upgrading the flooring of your walk in refrigeration in St Louis near Sunset Hills MO.

Aluminum floors can prove to be very impractical, depending upon what you have in your walk in freezer, or refrigerator.  “For applications where fully-loaded transport carts or heavy shelving units will be used, an aluminum floor may not be practical. In cases like this, it might be better for your business to purchase a floorless model since this type must be installed on a ground-contact concrete floor. A concrete pad is more durable so that it can stand up to heavier use; just be aware that it may take additional planning and construction before the unit can be set up.”  In the next post on this subject for the sake of your Refrigeration Repair and Service in St Louis near Sunset Hills, we will focus on the actual refrigeration system that is present in a walk in system.

Walk in Freezer Options for Your Restaurant

Walk in Freezer Options for Your Restaurant

freezersOn behalf of your restaurant equipment sales and service in St Louis near Chesterfield, we bring to you, today, an in-depth analysis of walk in freezers.  Most of you will need to pursue one if you are about to purchase or have recently obtained your own commercial restaurant.  It can be tricky to know just what system will work best for you, so we hve compiled some information that we gathered online on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment repair and sales near Chesterfield in an effort to make the search less cumbersome for you.

There are two basic types of walk-ins: they are either prefabricated or built-in. Prefabricated units come with urethane panels that are sized according to the specifications of the product or built to order depending on the manufacturer and sometimes work best for restaurants who have very specific needs in mind. Before setting out to purchase a freezer from your list of restaurant equipment in St Louis near Chesterfield, you may want to take the time to determine if you need a custom size or interior. These prefabricated walk in freezers provide many great benefits including easier expansion and relocation. “Built-in units are also very popular and often consist of insulation that is covered with structural tiles on the walls and floors. These units can be built to meet the exact needs of your space but can’t be moved or changed as easily as prefabricated units.”

When it comes to walk in coolers and freezers, there are differences based on manufacturers too.  According to all that we researched on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment and sales in St Louis near Chesterfield, there exist quite the variety.  “At their simplest, a prefabricated walk-in cooler is just a large insulated box with a cooling system. The components can be summed up in a very short list: panels, floor, door, and refrigeration system.”  We will go into further depth on these individual parts in our following posts.

Competence of a Refrigeration Repair

Competence of a Refrigeration Repair

repairMost homeowners will require the assistance of an HVAC technician or refrigeration repair in their home or business in order to make repairs to their heating and cooling system at some point in their lives, or their refrigerator for home or commercial. Whether it is for your business or home, many of the same points or qualifiers exist in your technician selection process.

You will want a person with some experience.  If they are right out of the gate, they probably need to be working with someone who isn’t brand new, at lease for a couple years.  “HVAC technicians are specially trained service providers who install, maintain, and repair these systems. To ensure the job is done right, look for a technician with these qualifications:” A license is required in many of the areas that refrigeration and HVAC technicians work from and if this describes your town, then make sure they have this license.  It is absolutely a liability issue if they do not.  In the event you need to claim something from your insurance, or more likely theirs, then the license is a deal breaker if it is absent.

Versatility is also important in a St Louis Refrigeration Service specialist, or in an HVAC technician.  “If possible, look for a technician who has the versatility to work with all major HVAC systems, and even a few obscure ones. The exception to this rule would be if you own a specialized or rare HVAC system. In that case, the specialized experience could help you.”  The same goes for St Louis Refrigeration Repair near Maryland Heights.  If it is a specialized commercial built in refrigeration system, then to specialize is actually ok and possibly preferred.  But, otherwise, the more versatile your refrigeration repair technician near Maryland Heights, the more well versed he or she is and quite possibly, the more competent as well.

Commercial Refrigeration Restaurant Needs

Commercial Refrigeration Restaurant Needs

refrigerationWhen opening a new restaurant in St Louis near Fenton, you will need to arm yourself first with all of the necessary restaurant equipment.  That can be a costly and very involved endeavor, to say the least.  Today, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales and Install near Fenton, we begin your journey with free advice in this realm.  Our journey begins with your commercial refrigeration needs since all new restaurants will need this at the top of their restaurant equipment list.

There are different styles and make ups for the commercial refrigeration world.  The most popular are reach-ins.  “Reach-in refrigerators are the cold-storage workhorses of commercial refrigeration, used in nearly every commercial kitchen to keep the most frequently accessed foods nearby. They can include up to 3 sections with solid or glass doors and can be used for storing everything from fresh produce to bottled drinks.”  One plus here, according to your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales near Fenton, is that by design, these refrigerators are prepared to be opened frequently.  “Many are designed to be “working boxes” and will maintain safe temperatures when they’re opened frequently. Some have half-sections with Dutch doors for increased organization and energy efficiency.”

When your restaurant equipment list involves a refrigerator that will be in the public eye and possibly used by your clientel, then glass door models are popular there, according to our recent research on behalf of your Restaurant Equipment Maintenance in St Louis near Fenton.  “Glass door merchandisers are used front-of-house in restaurants and in retail stores for displaying packaged foods to the public. These have self-closing, swinging, or sliding doors, and most have bottom-mounted refrigeration systems, making them easy to access for cleaning and maintenance.”  Other models and designs will be discussed in the next post, here, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales and service.  Stay tuned for more details!

Repair or Replace Refrigeration?

Repair or Replace Refrigeration?

troubleshoot noteWe began a series on Refrigeration last post, all about what to do from a service perspective when it comes to working on a commercial machine that has been giving you trouble.  If you are hiring someone to fix your commercial refrigeration in Bridgeton MO near Ladue, then you may find the following information interesting as well.  All too often, service people will just yank and replace.  The research I have been doing on the subject and will relay to you here, suggests that often times the components can and should be salvaged and repaired rather than tossed and replaced.

They recommend “jumping” out certain components in your commercial refrigeration in order to confirm or deny efficacy, whenever possible.  “Mechanical components are more difficult to verify since they cannot simply be jumped out.”  There are typically additional test, however, that an HVAC technician in Bridgeton MO can perform in order to continue identifying the problem or problems.  One of the articles I used to research this subject, points out the following, “For example, if a single-phase compressor fails to start and the technician has measured the correct voltage and resistances at the compressor, he or she may determine the compressor has internally locked up. This may well be true. However, the starting relay or start capacitor (where used) also may cause the compressor not to start. The technician should attempt to start the compressor with his own starting kit. If the compressor still fails to start, then the technician can be comfortable it is defective.”

No matter what you are doing in terms of refrigeration repair near Ladue, and regardless of whom you choose to enlist in the process, make sure they are qualified and also do not subscribe to the theory of throwing everything out and replacing things unnecessarily.  It is wasteful and can sometimes be more costly as well.  Stay tuned for more information on repairing versus replacing parts and whole refrigeration systems from American Services near St Louis MO.

Heating & Cooling Incentives for Ameren MO Commercial & Industrial Customers

Heating & Cooling Incentives for Ameren MO Commercial & Industrial Customers

Incentive word in 3d letters on background with motivation, impeAre you a commercial or industrial electric customer with Ameren Missouri?  If so, there are a number of incentives you may be able to use to save even more on your energy efficient upgrades.  These incentives are split into categories including: Standard Incentives; Custom Incentives; and Retro-Commissioning Incentives.  Each incentive category offers commercial and industrial Ameren Missouri customers the chance to qualify for monetary incentives that make energy saving upgrades even more affordable.  Today, let’s take a look at each category and how they work.

Standard Incentive – Ameren’s Standard Incentives are designed for non-residential Ameren Missouri electric customers who want to make quick and easy energy efficient upgrades.  These upgrades do not need pre-approval from Ameren unless the total incentive is expected to exceed $10,000.  Examples of upgrades that fall under this incentive program include: Lighting Incentives; Motor Control Incentives; Electric Water Heating Incentives; Commercial Cooking Equipment Incentives; and more!

Custom Incentives – Custom Incentives are used for energy efficient equipment upgrades that do not fall under the Standard Incentives category.  These incentives will be calculated based upon the estimated annual energy savings from the upgrade. Some examples of the upgrades that fall under this category include: Chiller Replacments; Lighting System Redesign; and Pump and Fan Motor Drive Additions.

Retro-Commissioning Incentives – A project that optimizes your overall system performance is one that falls under the Retro-Commissioning Incentives category. Examples of projects that fall under this category include: Compressed Air Systems; Refrigeration Systems; and Building Control Systems.

Ameren Missouri also offers incentives for New Construction projects.  To get more information on these programs or to apply, simply visit the informational ActOnEnergy BizSavers Program page at Ameren.com today!

Let the Hazelwood area heating and cooling experts at American Services help you take advantage of the savings available for Ameren Missouri customers by giving us a call about HVAC, refrigeration, and other commercial equipment upgrades today!