How Does a Cellar Cooler Work?

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How Does a Cellar Cooler Work?

KES Facilities
Thursday, October 31st, 2019

At KES Facilities, we install, service, and repair all sorts of cooling appliances. From air conditioning units to cellar coolers, we’ve got you covered. We only work with the highest-quality brands and the names that we know we can trust.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re considering purchasing a cellar cooler for your business. How do they work? What advantages do they bring? And why would you ever need one?

What Are Cellar Coolers Used For?

Yes, we’ll tell you how they work. But just in case you’re not 100% sure what cellar coolers even are, let’s take a look at their typical uses.

Cellar coolers are generally used to keep drinks at the correct chilled temperature. You’ll find them in almost every pub, club, restaurant or bar you enter. The temperature of the drink served to you is crucial, and when it’s being stored it’s even more important.

So important, in fact, that if the temperature shifts by as little as 1°C, a whole cask can be ruined. Slight temperature changes can have catastrophic effects, so it’s important that the temperature is maintained accurately and consistently.

With beer, in particular, the cask might spoil. Otherwise, keg beer might become more difficult to pour due to fobbing. If it’s too cold, then the flavour of the product is affected as well. Either way, these preventable issues are going to be costing your business money.

In spaces where a cellar isn’t a viable option, many companies turn to cellar coolers. They’ll keep the temperature or your drinks and foods perfect so that you shouldn’t have to worry about spoiled products.

So How Do Cellar Coolers Work?

Now that you know what a cellar cooler is and what it’s used for, let’s take a closer look at how they work. There are two main parts to every cellar cooler: the cooling system and the condensing unit.

The cooling system is the part which cools the air. Think of the cooling system like a radiator inside your home. Instead of thin metal pipes circulating hot water, they instead circulate chilled water. And instead of being on your wall, this piping arrangement is found inside the unit itself. This is important because when warm, external air is pulled in by the fans, and the chilled pipes help to cool the temperature of the air. That chilled air is then circulated throughout the room by fans.

Temperature sensors detect the temperature of the room. If the room temperature begins to creep above optimum levels, the cooling system is turned on again. Too cold? Then it turns off. The fans, however, run continuously.

They do this to help remove the warmer air from the cellar too. As well as bringing in cool air, the system needs to remove warm air that could interfere with the temperature of any cold drinks. The cooling system and the condensing unit work in tandem to make sure that the temperature is kept within the selected range.

How You Can Get the Most Out of Your Cooler

Your cellar cooler involves moving parts. That means that it will need regularly maintained and at times, you’ll even need to repair the parts which break.

For a start, you should be keeping a record of the temperature at various points throughout the room. Are you spotting any unusually warm areas? Or corners where the room is significantly colder? The cooler might not be working as efficiently as it should be.

You should open the door and allow the space to vent for around 10 minutes each day. Apart from that, the door should remain closed. Inspect it each week to make sure there’s no build-up of ice. Dust it regularly and don’t block any fans with stock or boxes.

At KES, our highly-trained team are ready to help with whatever cellar cooling demand you have. Firstly, we’re able to install your cooler safely and efficiently. We also provide regular checks and servicing plans. If any parts are wearing down, we’ll be sure to let you know and give you the option of an early repair. Unfortunately, no matter how well serviced your machine is, sometimes they need an outright repair.

Our Yorkshire-based technicians are able to help with all of your cellar cooler enquiries. Get in touch with our team today and find out how we can help.