Here at Acme, we provide a variety of refrigeration and cooling systems, supplying to a vast selection of industries including butchers, supermarkets, restaurants, and pubs all across the UK. From small basic projects to large complex briefs, we can install stand-alone chillers and freezers, as well as cold rooms and cellar cooling.
Cellar cooling has become increasingly popular in commercial industries, as a way to maintain the quality of drinks such as beer and wine, as well as perishable food goods. Especially in breweries, social clubs, and sports arenas, cellar cooling is an efficient solution to keep everything chilled. Whether you have got a five-keg or hundred-keg cellar, the Acme team can devise a plan specifically for your needs!
If you already have cellar cooling or are looking to introduce it to your premises, it is important to know when something might be wrong with the HVAC system. If you supply perishable goods to your customers, it is vital that they are stored correctly for health and safety. If your cellar cooling is not functioning properly, your entire stock could be at risk of spoiling, resulting in a loss of value which can be avoided. In this blog post, we have listed the most common signs that your cellar cooling system might need repairing or replacing. At Acme, we complete routine cellar cooling maintenance to make sure the refrigeration system is all working accordingly, however, if you notice any of the below please call us immediately and our team will be on-hand to help you.
- Decreased cooling performance
The most obvious sign that your cooling system needs repair or replacement is the decrease in cooling output. If you notice that the temperature in your cellar is higher than usual, or the humidity level is outside of the recommended range, it’s likely that your cooling system is not functioning correctly. This could be due to a variety of issues, including low refrigerant levels, a malfunctioning thermostat, or a faulty compressor. Cellars typically range between 11-13°C, so if it increases above this, there might be an issue.
- Unusual sounds and odours
Unusual sounds can indicate a defect within the system. If you hear grinding, squeaking, hissing, or any other unusual noises, it could be due to a damaged mechanism. Anything from a fan blade, worn belt, or a failing compressor can cause strange noises. Similarly, if you notice an unusual smell, such as a burning or musty odour, it could be due to a malfunctioning component or a clogged air filter.
Another common cellar cooling system problem is water leaks. Most of the time the leak will be down to a blocked drain, however, in rare cases, the refrigerant can leak too. If you have a leak, it will probably be originating from condensation on the evaporator coils that are not draining properly.
- Increase in energy bills
If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in your energy bills, it could be a sign that your cellar cooling system is not functioning efficiently. This could be due to a variety of factors, including the issues mentioned above. If your system is not performing well, it will consume more energy to maintain the desired temperature and humidity level, resulting in higher energy bills.
- Frequent repairs and breakdowns
If you’ve had to call for repairs repeatedly, it might be time to consider replacing your cellar cooling system. Frequent repairs can be a sign that your system is nearing the end of its lifespan or that it’s not designed to handle the demands of your cellar.
If you discover any of these problems, it’s essential to work with a provider like ourselves to assess the condition of your system and determine the best course of action.
With our knowledge and expertise, you can rely on our 5-star cellar cooling systems that will be maintained and inspected throughout their lifespan. If you’re a commercial property owner and would like to invest in a new cooling system or replace an existing one, call us on 01254 277 999 and start your project with us today!