Installing A Commercial Refrigerator On Your Residential Property: What To Expect

With the onslaught of bulk merchandise retailers and butchers that will sell you a half or a whole cow for food, you may need more room than your refrigerator or freezer chest has available. A commercial freezer is a possibility, but commercial refrigeration installation usually only happens in restaurants or butcher shops. If you have the money, and are quite insistent about installing a commercial freezer in your home or on your property, here is what you can expect.

You Need a Clear Space

The smallest commercial walk-in freezers are eight by ten feet. This means that you will need a clear, level space that accommodates a freezer of this size. If you want a bigger commercial freezer, you will need to clear even more space for its installation. The freezer will also need enough room above it so that the appropriate plumbing and hook-ups can be made. Clearance of at least two feet above the freezer is standard.

The Space Has to Be out of Direct Sunlight and Heat

Nothing creates a massive energy bill quite like a freezer or fridge that is constantly exposed to heat or sunlight. The freezer or refrigerator then has to work overtime to keep internal temperatures at or below food-safe temperatures. When you consider placing the freezer outside, or in a garage, make sure that it will not be exposed to anything potentially hot, or you could be paying a massive electrical bill.

During Installation

The floor underneath your commercial freezer has to be level so that the refrigeration process can operate according to its intended design. Place the freezer over this level space. Make sure nothing is hanging over the top, touching the top or back of the freezer, or can get in the way of the freezer door. Then the HVAC contractor will begin to hook up the electrical wiring and make sure that the refrigerant in the freezer's condenser is full.

Once Everything Is Connected

Once the HVAC contractor finishes connecting all the wiring and cables, filling the refrigerant, and testing the freezer's components to make sure they are working, then you need to leave the freezer empty for about a day. It takes this long for the freezer to work up enough cold to protect whatever meat and produce you place in it. Then you can bulk-buy to your heart's content, storing sides of beef and pork or even venison without worrying about rot and bacteria poisoning your food supply.

Contact an HVAC company, like Ragan Mechanical Inc, for  help.