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Smooth VS Ribbed

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

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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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!!!

Saving Energy For Your Commercial Kitchen

Energy costs have been increasing roughly 6-8% EVERY YEAR! Energy bills are roughly 30% of a companies budget! There are ways to reduce that by saving energy so you save MONEY.

1. Buy Energy Efficient Equipment
– A typical restaurant can save up to $15,000 each year by outfitting their kitchen with energy-efficient or ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment.

2. Perform Periodic Maintenance
– Clean equipment, change air filters and check seals and gaskets regularly, can have a big impact on the energy-efficiency of your appliances.

3. Is your Lighting Efficient?
-Every single bulb you switch to LED & fluorescent lighting saves you about $30 in energy costs over the bulb’s lifetime.

4. Retrofit Your Equipment
Refrigerator strip curtains, high-efficiency evaporator fan motors, variable-speed hood fans and low-flow pre-rinse spray valves are just a few products that can add up to save you thousands of dollars every year.

5. Get an Energy Survey
– Most Utilities have programs that perform FREE energy surveys. These can help you monitor the efficiency of each aspect of your restaurant.

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.

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.

Dangerous Doors

Are your cooler doors a hazard? Do you have broken hinges on your doors? 

Many commercial kitchens have avoidable liabilities. Cooler and freezer doors that have broken hinges are a huge liability. Broken hinges cannot support the weight of the refrigeration unit door. This causes them to snap and the door can and will come crashing down. (Hopefully for your sake not on an employee or customer!)

Let’s Talk door latches and inside releases. Are your cooler door latches busted? Did you know that people can get locked inside with damaged door latches and push rods? Your health and safety inspector can shut you down for damaged and broken latches. How much would you lose in profits if your business got shut down?

How about energy savings? Did you know that when hardware is damaged missing or not functioning properly you are losing energy. That means your unit is working carder to stay cold or warm. Which means your unit will not last as long as you would like it to because of the harder workload. It ALSO means your electric bill is SKYROCKETING.

What’s the takeaway?
Don’t be cheap! Spend the money NOW and fix what needs to be done before someone gets hurt or your location gets shut down. It will cost you more in the long-run.

 

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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