How To Go About Commercial Refrigeration Installation As An HVAC Contractor
If you are an HVAC contractor and are wondering how to go about your first commercial refrigeration install or you just want a refresher, then this guide is for you. You will want to ask what your client wants from their refrigeration unit, get professional help, and make sure the temperatures of your refrigeration system are what they need to be.
Design The Refrigeration Unit With Your Client
Different businesses will have different needs when it comes to commercial refrigeration units, and you'll want to work with them to determine what kind of commercial refrigeration will work best for them. For example, some restaurants benefit more from walk-in refrigeration so they can make use of all the space they have, while bakeries can benefit more from the large, stainless steel units that keep unboxed food off the floor. There are even refrigerated prep tables that your client might want you to install. Once you have this figured out, you can move on to the installation.
One of the most important parts of doing any HVAC job with heavy parts is to get help carrying anything in or out of the space you will be working in, plus help with the installation itself. While commercial refrigerator units sometimes include setting up a cooling system for an entire room (walk-in commercial refrigeration) as opposed to a large unit, the installation is more difficult than a simple residential refrigeration unit. Beyond keeping your back straight, one of the best ways to prevent an injury is to get help, be that from another HVAC contractor or an apprentice.
Remember The Temperatures
Finally, you'll want to make sure that your refrigeration unit cools food and other materials to the exact amount that is needed for the best food flavor and safety. Your refrigeration installation needs to have the best temperature control you can muster, as you can easily endanger the livelihood and health of the business you install the refrigeration system for. Meat has to be stored at certain temperatures to keep food service compliant with the law, so you'll want to double-check that your refrigerator system is cold enough and that the temperature can be adjusted if need be.
Commercial refrigeration installation is a difficult job, even compared to residential HVAC work. As a contractor, you will want to make sure you understand your client's refrigeration needs, that you get professional help during the installation, and that the refrigeration system you set up has the best temperatures for the best food safety for any food-related business you work with. Always install large, dangerous, and complicated systems with the utmost level of care.
To learn more, contact a commercial refrigeration installation contractor.