What Is Remote Refrigeration?

May 26, 2022
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An Overview of How Remote Refrigeration Works in Grocery Stores and Other Commercial Businesses

Remote refrigeration involves cold storage units you might see in commercial properties. When learning about remote refrigeration, it's helpful to learn about other types of refrigerators and how they differ. A remote fridge has a different setup than what we're used to from our refrigeration system at home.

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Stay tuned as we break down the following:

  • Understanding Remote Refrigeration
  • What's the Difference Between self contained refrigeration and Remote Refrigerators?
  • Remote Commercial Refrigeration
  • Pros of Remote Refrigeration
  • Cons of Remote Refrigeration

Understanding Remote Refrigeration

A remote refrigeration system consists of a cold storage unit with evaporators built into the structure. The shell that houses the products is fully insulated, but the compressor and the condenser are found in a separate unit. It takes an extensive framework system to transport the coolant solution between these two units.

What's the Difference Between Self-Contained Refrigerators and Remote Refrigerators?

By and large, the commercial coolers that we see in stores have self-contained refrigerator systems. This unit has the evaporator coil and condensing unit constructed inside the cabinet. That may mean the condenser is anywhere on the unit-bottom, sides, top, or even the back of the cooler. The evaporator will always be on top.

When storing food, you must keep the unit at the correct temperature to ensure freshness. Some tubes connect all the necessary parts of the refrigeration system with the coolant that keeps the food from going bad.

Manufacturing companies prefer self-contained refrigeration. Self-contained refrigerators offer reliability and don’t require as many warranty calls related to performance failure. With remote refrigeration units, the company has to install the cooling system properly. This ensures that it has a low temperature suitable for storing food. If not, the commercial freezer or fridge will fail.

Remote Commercial Refrigeration

Most of the commercial freezers and refrigerators you see in the U.S. are self-contained refrigeration equipment. There are certain instances where remote refrigerators are better. An example would be the kitchen having limited ventilation.

Also, if the facility has low ceilings, the remote fridge would be better. The self-contained refrigerator might not have the capacity to draw enough air to operate. This makes it less efficient even though it's working harder.

Grocery stores almost always choose remote refrigeration. They have large sections of blast chillers, walk-up coolers without a door, and other cold storage units. You may notice on a trip to your local supermarket that these commercial refrigerator units are quiet because they have a remote condensing unit to keep their contents at a low temp.

How remote refrigeration works in a grocery store

Companies opt to separate these machines from the evaporator and condenser. They aim to prevent the excessive noise and heat that these machines generate around customers. In a grocery store, this separate system might be up on the roof or in a separate room.

Some people believe that several units can operate through one compressor/condenser unit, which isn't true. It is possible that multiple remote refrigeration units can get connected to one rack system that appears as a single cooling tower. However, inside there has to be a single condenser for each cooler.

Pros of Remote Refrigeration

  • Decreases air conditioning costs. Transports the hottest sections of the commercial freezer or refrigerator.
  • Reduces unwanted heat near the kitchen or customer area.
  • Cute back on noise from the compressor and condenser near the customer area. This is essential when stores have numerous commercial refrigerators.
  • More spacious commercial cooler space since a massive part of the system is storage from the cold storage unit.
  • Remote refrigeration systems are more efficient in some cases. This is especially true if the temperatures outside are cooler than the interior temperature.

Cons of Remote Refrigeration

  • Remote units can also use more energy than self-contained refrigerators.
  • They're usually larger and have to fight against outdoor temperatures and move the coolant through the system more efficiently.
  • They take more effort to install the drainage system, run the lines, install the trenches, and construct the condensing unit separately from the primary storage unit.
  • Remote refrigerators are harder to repair because all parts are not together and readily accessible.
  • It's challenging to move the commercial refrigeration system because it's larger and has multiple pieces; it also costs more to transport it.

Frank Salvatore

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