We’ve written about how easy it is to replace your refrigeration door gaskets, but time and time again, we’ll walk into a commercial kitchen and see duct-tape doing the job the gasket should be doing. What, not you? You may not be taping the door closed, but with any over-worn gasket in the kitchen, duct-tape may be right around the corner. Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace your gaskets:
- If you begin to see cracks anywhere in the gasket.
- If the gasket is beginning to separate from the equipment.
- If the material of the gasket begins to harden so much that it doesn’t create a good seal.
- If the refrigeration unit keeps coming on and shutting off, odds are it’s having a hard time keeping temp. There are a lot of things that could be at play here, but the gasket is one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ways to begin narrowing down where the issue may be.
- If you can feel cool air leaking around the gasket when the door is closed.
- If you begin to see condensation build-up around the gasket seal.
New Gaskets With Gaps – Is It Defective?
When gaskets arrive at your door, it’ll likely be twisted and contorted in a way that makes it look almost impossible to install. In fact, if you try to install it without working out the kinks, you’ll notice small gaps that are letting cold air seep through.
To work out the kinks, it’s best to soak any new gasket in hot water for 30 minutes before trying to install it. If the kinks don’t come out, you can also try using other methods to heat up the gasket a bit. At home, we’d recommend using a hair dryer or even throwing it in the dryer for 10 minutes, but in the commercial kitchen, you could alternatively bring water to a slow boil, turn it down to a simmer, and put the gasket in the water for 10 minutes. Once heated, lay it on a flat surface and stretch the gasket into the shape it needs to be to fit the equipment it is being installed on.Shop Gaskets Now