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Do you know what should go on your walk-in refrigeration units? All types of strip curtains serve a specific purpose. Adding ribbed curtains when not needed won’t cause harm to your refrigeration units, but you may not want to spend the extra dollars if they are not necessary.

2 Questions should be asked:

  1. What type of traffic is going through the doors?
    – Forklifts and Machine traffic should used ribbed curtain material
    -Foot traffic should use smooth strip curtain material
  2. Do the strip curtains need to be cleaned on a regular basis?
    -If yes then smooth strip curtain material would be the better choice because of its flat profile

Smooth Strip Curtain Properties:

  • Flat Surface
  • Crystal Clear – offering very good visibility
  • Ideal for Pedestrian Applications
  • Easy to Clean
  • Commonly Used for Foodservice or More Technical Applications

Ribbed Strip Curtain Properties:

  • Ribbed Profile
  • Good for Heavy Traffic Applications
  • Ribs Work Like Bumpers – Protect from heavy loads
  • Ideal for Forklifts or Other Machinery Going In & Out
  • Ribbed Strip Curtain Material Needs to Be Replaced When Scratches Effect Visibility – When safety starts to be of a concern

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What’s Got My Display Doors Popping?

Have you ever heard the phrase “When one door closes another one will open” ? Are you asking yourself, “Why the (insert expletive here) wont my glass display doors close?” You close one reach-in glass door and the next glass display door pops right open! This can be extremely frustrating, infuriating, irritating and … you name it.

Every time this happens you are losing $ Money…

  • Your compressor is working harder to keep your refrigeration unit cold.
  • Your refrigeration case will need more HVAC work in the future
  • Your electric bill skyrockets.
  • More parts on the door will break (yay!).
  • Your Lighting turns on – wasting even more electricity.
  • Your Ant-sweat hearts have to kick it up a notch.

So what gives? How can this problem be fixed? It is a simple replacement. You need a new door closer kit/torque rod for your glass display doors. Depending on the manufacturer of your glass display doors (not the big walk-in cooler door) certain door kits and torque rods go on the door. Most of the glass display doors out there are Anthony/Ardco/Displayrite (all the same company), a few others are Hussmann doors, and even less are Styline glass display doors. You will need the following information to replace the glass display door closer:

  • Ardco – You’re in luck there is only one door kit or frame kit that fits all Ardco Display Doors.
  • Anthony – You need to know if your base of your torque rod is hex (like a stop sign) or round, the W/O # off of the top frame of the door, the date of manufacture (DOM), and the model number.
  • Displayrite – You’re in luck there is only one door closer/torque rod for displayrite.
  • Hussmann – You need to have the model, serial number, and date of manufacture.
  • Styleline –  You need to have the model, serial number, and date of manufacture.

If you cannot find the information you need, please call us at 844.292.6694 or email us at Support@HingedParts.com

Health Grades and Your Reputation

food-safetyDo you feel chills down your spine when the Health Inspector calls? Is it because you know that there are things that need fixing that you just haven’t gotten around to or corners that you regularly cut just to save a few minutes. Getting a somewhat less than (let’s face it) A Grade on your report does not simply mean that you’ll get it right the next time or that it’s just a slap on the wrist. In this day & age of Social Media you are held accountable by more than a Health Inspector posting a grade on your door doing their job for public health.

Word of mouth spreads like rapid wildfire. I belong to a Social Media Group that has roughly 6,000 local residents in it. A member posted an article written by the local Journal (which was probably initially missed by most) about restaurants/bars/cafe’s/C-Stores in the area that have had health code violations within the passed 3 years. That’s right, 3 years. The  article listed roughly 20 establishments and all of their infractions. For the last 3 years! In a previous day and age this article might have gotten a small amount of attention but now that EVERYTHING has become digital things spread quick and at a large scale.

This article received a grandiose amount of attention (all of which was negative) and was re-posted to people outside of the group. If 20% of the people in the group looked at the post and of that 20% half of those people share the article and half of those people and so on and so on…who are all local current or potential customers to the listed establishments are reading this horrible article forming bad opinions. And we are not even talking about the traditional word of mouth! What happens to current or future clientele? Would you want to go somewhere if there is a possibility of getting sick?

In return, these restaurants will suffer and suffer at a large scale for something that they thought wasn’t a big deal. They might have not wanted to replace their damaged cooler door gaskets just yet or thought that they could get by when their thermostat wasn’t temping. Some of these easy fixes don’t even cost money like labeling food properly! Do not let your cafe’, hotel, bar, CSR, restaurant, or even taco truck fail! Be vigilant on keeping your establishment in good standing. Perception is reality. It is nearly impossible to recover from a generalized bad perception of a establishment.

Ready Your Restaurant

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Valentines Day is right around the corner. The worst thing that can happen is your commercial kitchen equipment breaking down. What would you do if suddenly your freezers weren’t temping because of a bad thermostat or your grill smoke started to over take the kitchen because your baffles need replacing. Catastrophes like walk-in cooler doors falling off of their hinges are preventable.

Restaurant managers/owners/chefs need to “check out” their equipment before any Holiday to avoid a potential nightmare for the restaurant. Holidays are busy enough in the back and front of the house, don’t make everyones temperature over boil by having a (preventable) kitchen meltdown.

Use the check list below to gain a piece of mind that your kitchen will function properly:

Door Hinges
Door Gaskets
Door Latches/Handles
Drawer Slides/Rails/Rollers
Heating Elements
Thermostats
Thermometers/Alarms
Grease Filters
Faucets
Water Filters
Switches

There still is time to get your replacement parts in before the Valentines Day rush. Call 844.292.6694 or go to HingedParts.com to order today!

Gear Up For Summer

Anti-Insect PVC Strips protect against ZIKA Virus

Many Companies (including restaurants, hotels, farms, refrigerated warehouses, food manufacturing facilities, etc.) are using Hinged Parts Anti-Insect Yellow PVC Strips to repel mosquitoes away from the door opening and prevent insects from entering their facility.  This exclusive product contains Citronella, a naturally occurring oil found in lemongrass, which gives off a specific smell that mosquitoes (and other flying insects) hate.  Mosquitoes will not land on the curtain due to the scent.  Also, the yellow color inhibits the insect’s ability to detect light, preventing the attraction that usually occurs after dark.  To a mosquito, this shade of yellow is opaque.

As the ZIKA virus spreads into the United States, it will be more critical than ever to protect employees and customers from mosquitoes in companies across all industry sectors. Our Anti-Insect Yellow PVC Strips provide an extra layer of security at the back door to keep mosquitoes out of the facility.

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Are You Timing Wrong?

Are You Defrosting Appropriately?

Find the time clocks that control your freezer defrost and set them properly. The time clocks might located on top of or underneath your freezers, on the wall, or roof. There is a clock for each freezer. You may be able to reduce the # of defrost cycles (depending on your area) from 4 to 3 times daily. Each cycle should be about 15 minutes long. Never defrost between Noon & 6pm. That is when you pay the most for electricity! Also make sure that the evaporator drain line is heated & insulated so that the defrost condensate has some place to go. Improper defrosting can waste a lot of your money & compromise safe freezer temperatures.
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Is Your Temperature Rising …or Falling For that Matter?

Replace Your Cold Control


If your refrigerator is freezing food or is not cold enough, you may need to replace the cold control thermostat.The temperature controller on a commercial refrigerator or freezer is a vital component to maintaining food-safe holding temperatures. If it begins to malfunction, finding the right replacement quickly is of utmost importance.

Thermostats are typically found inside the refrigerator and have a knob that allows users to adjust the temperature setting. Once a user sets the desired temperature, the thermostat maintains that temperature by controlling the flow of electricity to the compressor. If the thermostat is the brain, the compressor is the heart of the operation, responsible for pumping the refrigerant through the coils.

There are two types of temperature controls used in commercial refrigeration:
1. Thermostatic (either an air sensing type or evaporator coil sensing type)
2. Low pressure control

So what happens when these are not functioning properly?

A commercial refrigeration thermostat can fail in two ways: in an open position or a closed position.

If the thermostat fails in the open position, the unit will not run at all. To check this, remove the screws from the evaporator housing (make sure the unit is unplugged or the breaker is off) and pull the housing down. Locate the wires attached to the thermostat and remove them. Connect the two wires together and tape with electrical tape. Turn on the breaker or plug the unit back in. If the unit runs, replace the thermostat.

If the thermostat fails in the closed position, the unit will run all the time. Running constantly will cause the evaporator to freeze up, restricting the airflow and causing the temperature to rise. Use the same procedure described above to test the unit and replace the thermostat if necessary. Also be sure to defrost the evaporator before turning the unit back on.

Hinged Parts selection of commercial refrigerator controls includes both digital and mechanical styles to match the one that came with your refrigerator or freezer. Visit us Online @ HingedParts.com or give us a call @ 844.292.6694.

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