Causes of cold storage ice freezing problems and how to prevent them

Cold storage is very useful in companies that need to store food products. In addition to storing food, cold rooms help maintain the quality of products thanks to their cooling capacity. With cold storage, cold storage owners can benefit from scalable storage capacity, improved accessibility, and effective temperature control.

However, a concern that may be noted with cold storage is the problem of ice forming. Freezing can seriously affect the cooling and storage functions of a cold storage facility, so that’s why it’s important to understand what causes them and how to prevent them.

Causes of ice freezing problems

There are many possible causes of freezing problems in cold storage.

  1. One of the known causes is the inflow of warm, moist air into the cold room. Usually, cold storage components have effective seals that keep warm air out. However, if these components begin to lack the ability to seal, then it is possible that some ice may accumulate inside the cold room. Among the components that may have problems are the doors, hinges, closers, and gaskets.
  2. In addition, warm, moist air can enter the cold room if the door is left open too long or, during the replenishment process, which will make the ice forming.
  3. Faulty pressure relief ports may also cause ice freezing to build up in the cold storage.
  4. Other possible causes include lack of proper insulation, faulty fan delay relays, and clogged drains.

Preventing ice freezing problems

Freezing problems can be prevented by taking simple steps.

  1. A good way to stop icing problems in cold room is to do regular checks and evaluations. Checking door hardware, gaskets, drains, insulated panels and other important components can help you figure out whether they’ve developed problems already. Checking these components can also show you if the Cold room already has a serious freezing problem. You can then repair or replace any faulty components in a timely manner to prevent freezing problems effectively.
  2. Installing air curtains or vinyl strip curtains. These curtains will stop warm, moist air from entering the cold room.
  3. Running regular defrost cycles can also prevent freezing problems, unnecessary repairs and excessive energy costs.

Check more the other cold room troubleshooting: How to deal with the common fault of the cold storage?

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