Refrigerated cool rooms play a key role in any successful restaurant operation. Without a cool room, it would be impossible to store the vast quantity of food needed to prepare hundreds of meals every week. If your cool room begins to malfunction, it could have a serious impact on your restaurant business. Below is a guide to some of the signs that you need to call in an HVAC engineer to service or repair your cool room.

The food is covered in a layer of moisture 

If your staff notice that a layer of moisture has built up on the food stored in the cool room, this suggests that there is a problem with the airflow which has increased the humidity within the enclosed space. An HVAC contractor should be called out to inspect the fan and ventilation systems within the cool room. Another possible cause is a blocked water drain which has caused water to pool within the cool room.

The temperature in the cool room does not match the thermostat

When a cool room is operating as it should, the temperature within the area will match the settings you have selected on the thermostat. However, if when you carry out checks on the ambient temperature within the cool room and it is higher than the setting you have selected, you will need to call in an engineer ASAP. A mismatch in temperatures could be caused by a faulty thermostat or damaged or missing insulation panels.

The food is spoiling before its use-by-date

If your chiefs notice that the food they are taking out of the cool room is spoiling before it has reached the end of its life, this is a major warning sign that should not be ignored. Food safety needs to be one of your primary concerns, and spoiled food could result in customers getting sick or the government regulator closing down your business. A faulty or broken compressor could cause this problem within the cool room. A contractor will be able to inspect the unit to establish the cause of the issue.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to maintain the cool room in your restaurant, you should get in touch with an HVAC specialist today. A contractor will be happy to carry out a full inspection of your cool room before recommending any steps you should take to ensure its continued operation.