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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.

Your Gasket Guide To Greatness!

Cooler Door Gaskets and The Best Way To Identify Them

What are Cooler and Freezer door gaskets? Gaskets are the rectangular rubber around the edge of the cooler door (or frame) that seals the door to the unit. This simple (but important) piece of material keeps your food cold. Without cooler door gaskets your cooler or freezer will work harder to keep the unit cool and your equipment will not last as long, food may (and will) spoil, ice can build up on the inside of the unit causing other components to break, and not to mention that your utility bill will skyrocket.

What Creates The Gaskets Seal?  

A gasket seal can be created in 2 ways. There are magnetic seals and compression seals.

 

Magnetic – A magnetic gasket is a gasket that creates a seal using a magnet that is inserted inside the   gasket itself. The face of the magnetic gasket is usually more flat as opposed to a half circle shape of the compression style gasket.
Compression – A Compression gasket is compressed between the door and the unit. The
gasket must be thicker than the gap between the door and the unit in-order to be able to compress. Also the door must have a latch to ensure that the door stays shut.

 

How Gaskets Are Mounted

  Screw-in

   Push-in

   Press-in

    Panel-mount

   Adhesive backed

Gasket Measurement & Sides

Please note there are 2 ways to measure a gasket. Outside edge to outside edge and track to track. All gasket dimension measurements are from furthermost outer edge of the gasket to furthermost outer edge of the gasket itself unless otherwise stated. Measurements must be exact. Please measure to the nearest 1/8″.

Outside Edge to Outside Edge – Take your tape measure and hook it on the outside edge of the gasket measure all the way across the door to the furthermost outside edge of the gasket. DO NOT measure the door. Some gaskets are inset – measuring the door will provide incorrect measurements.

Track to Track – This measurement method is utilized ONLY when the gasket is missing or severely damaged. Hook your tape measure on the right side of the track all the way across the door to the right side of the track. These measurements must be called in to HingedParts.com at 844.292.6694. Please inform your customer service rep when giving measurements that are track to track.

Sides of a gasket – Please be sure to check how many sides your gasket has (3 or 4).  Most gaskets are 4 sided. The exception to the rule is walk-in units and drawers. Most walk-in units have 3-sided gaskets and a door sweep on the bottom.  Refrigerated drawers are another exception to the rule. Most drawers have gaskets that are 4-sided (about 70%), there are some that have the bottom portion of the gasket missing (about 30%). Please be sure you are ordering the right gasket and # of sides.

How to Install A Gasket – Remove the old gasket and its entirety from the the door or frame. For a push-in or press-in gasket install the new gasket at the corners first. Then press in the remainder of the gasket. Some of these gasket types do not require tools for installation. For Screw-in gaskets, do not tighten the screws until the gasket has been properly aligned with the door or frame.

Cleaning Your Door Gaskets
Cooler and freezer door gasket seals need to be maintained on a regular basis. This extends the life of the gaskets. Be sure to wipe your gasket down at the end of the night with a non-abrasive cleaner such as a mild dish soap. Abrasive cleaners will damage the gasket.

Glass Door Gaskets 411

Refrigerated display case doors are manufactured by either Hussmann, Displayrite/Freezrite, CDS, Ardco, or Anthony. In order to identify these gaskets you will need the tag info. The Door tags are located on the top frame of the door. The information needed off of the door tag will be the W/O # or B/M#, date of manufacture or DOM, door size, model #, and sometimes serial #.  If you are having difficulty locating this information please give us a call at 844.292.6694 or email us at support@HingedParts.com

Important Note: HingedParts.com can manufacture any gasket style to any size. If you are looking for a specific gasket size give one of our friendly customer service representatives a call at 844.292.6694 or visit us online at HingedParts.com.

Keeping Your Refrigeration Gaskets in Good Condition

This is not an option!

Besides the obvious violations with your health inspectors, there are many reasons restaurants, health care facilities, hotels, hospitals and so on have to keep your #coolergaskets in good condition. It is vital to replace damaged and missing gaskets.

Without refrigeration gaskets working their magic, the cold environment inside your equipment that you’ve worked so hard to cultivate, starts to escape. This makes it hard to accurately gauge the temperature inside a unit, which is why it’s extremely important to ensure all your gaskets are sealing properly and aren’t torn or broken. Gaskets are the little cushions that seal everything in, and in most cases they give you a really satisfying “thwump” that lets you know your door has closed completely. They’re easy to replace, invaluable in your commercial kitchen (no matter the size), and you can’t go wrong keeping a few extra gaskets on hand for when you need them most.

If health inspector violations and the cold inside your cooler isn’t enough to convince you to replace damaged and missing gaskets think about money. The money you are wasting by your unit working harder to keep its cool. You are increasing your utility bill by double digits each month! How about the money that it will cost you to replace/repair your commercial refrigeration unit because it has been overworked trying to keep the cold and has broken drown?

Remember you are not trying to keep the cold air in your commercial freezer or cooler…you are trying to keep the hot kitchen air out!!!

How to Measure a Freezer/Cooler Door Gasket

Measuring a Refrigerator Door Gasket in 4 Easy Steps:

All cooler and freezer door gaskets are measured the same way. You will want to measure your gasket from the further most outer edge to the further most outer edge of the gasket unless your gasket is missing or severely damaged.

The best place to measure is outside edge to outside edge of the gasket.

DO NOT measure the door. Gasket and door dimensions can differ.
STEP 1: Open the door

STEP 2: Take your measuring tape and hook it on the outermost edge of the gasket just below the corners and measure all the way across the door from left to right. Reverse your tape measure & do it again.
Always measure 2X and be within the nearest 1/8”.

STEP 3: Write down the width on the paper.

STEP 4: Take your measuring tape and hook it on the outermost edge of the gasket just below the corners and measure all the way down the door from top to bottom. Reverse your tape measure & do it again.
Always measure 2X and be within the nearest 1/8”.

If you have any questions be sure to call Hinged Parts @ 844.292.6694 or visit us online at HingedParts.com

Install Your Gaskets In 3 Easy Steps

Are you asking your self “Why don’t my gaskets fit?”

There is a specific way to install gaskets. You cannot just push them into the track. Install push-in/press-in/snap-in door gasket seals in these 3 easy steps:

1. Install a new gasket by securing the gasket at all 4 corners first.

2. Once all 4 corners are in place gently work from each corner to the center of each side. Hand-pressure should be sufficient. Avoid using tools that could damage the gasket, such as screwdrivers.

3.Make a final check that each corner is tucked in and the door opens and closes normally.

Cooler gasket maintenance is just as important.

Wipe your gaskets clean regularly to remove excess food or liquid caught in between
the gasket or spilled on the gasket. Only use a mild dish soap to wipe your gaskets clean.
DO NOT use an abrasive cleaner to wipe your gaskets clean. Abrasive chemicals will cause
break down of the gasket material.

Ready For Rubber?

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Cooler and freezer Door gasket seals can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Cooler door gaskets are great when they are working properly. They reduce the work load off your compressor keeping the cold air inside your refrigeration unit and the hot air out so your freezer or cooler unit is not overloading. When door gaskets are sealing properly there isn’t any ice build up in and around your freezer and your food wont spoil or freeze. As an ADDED BONUS cooler/freezer door gaskets save your restaurant or commercial kitchen more that just maintenance costs, they save you $$$ off of your utility bill. Since your refrigeration unit (or warmer etc.) is not over working it uses less energy to maintain temperature.

Lets talk glass door gasket seals. These are one of the worst offenders because they are not usually “policed” by the health and safety inspectors (usually alcohol , soda, and water are stored in these reach-ins). The items in these glass door display units are non-perishable (usually). Many of these types of doors are located in gas stations and liquor stores where owners don’t pay attention to the gaskets. Many of them don’t even have gaskets! This is a BIG mistake. HUGE. Having a door seal that is not damaged, intact and functioning properly saves you about $20/door off your utility each year (depending on your utility rate and how big the unit is). Now, this actually means the REVERSE when your gaskets are damaged. It means you are spending about $20 per door that has a damaged seal not to mention the extra maintenance costs and eventual replacement of the unit itself from the extra work load to keep the unit cooler.

Many Utilities have reimbursement programs for replacing your gaskets. There is usually a form to download and you have to send in a copy of your receipt. You would be literally throwing $$$ out of the window (or in the trash which ever you prefer) if you do not replace your worn, torn, damaged, and yes even missing cooler door gasket seals.

If you need help identifying your gasket give us a call @ 844.292.6694 or email Support@hingedparts.com.

Keep On Cooling,

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Gear Up On Your Gaskets

Financial Tornado Are you throwing $$$ away needlessly?

Have you changed your cooler or freezer door gaskets? Now is the time to replace before the summer heat strikes! Any cooler door gasket or freezer door gasket that is damaged is losing air. This makes your compressor work hard and shorten its lifetime. Changing out your damaged equipment door seals not only extends life of your unit, it reduces your electric bill because it helps your unit work less.

Many restaurants, bars, hotels etc. are doing a annual or semi-annual “sweep” of  their refrigerated case door gasket seals to ensure that their gasket seals are intact and replace the cooler/freezer gaskets that are not. Gaskets need replacing depending on usage. Some restaurants replace gaskets every 6 months while others replace their door gasket seals ever 3 years. Heavy use refrigeration equipment requires more maintenance.

Don’t forget to check out your other hardware on your units including door closershinges, and latches to make sure that they are operating properly.

Keep Your Equipment Happy,

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