Why It's Important for a Fridge Trailer to Be Level

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When you contact Icecool Trailers to arrange for temporary cold storage hire, you can rest assured that one of our technicians will deliver a freezer or fridge trailer and handle all the set-up. That is one of the benefits of renting one of our trailers or walk-in rooms as compared to refrigerated van hire. We ensure everything is up and running before we leave your site, including properly levelling your trailer.

From time to time, we are asked whether trailer levelling is absolutely necessary. This question is usually the result of a customer wanting fridge trailer hire for a location that is not exactly flat. Be that as it may, the answer is 'yes'. Fridge trailers do need to be levelled before they can be used.

There are two reasons we level our trailers during installation. The first is fairly practical: we do not want our clients walking around inside a fridge trailer that is slanted to one side. It is not safe, and it makes it that much harder to safely store things on shelves without the risk of breakage. As for the second reason, it is mechanical.

Cooling System Efficiency

A fridge trailer from Icecool trailers keeps contents cold by combining an insulated storage space with a high-efficiency compressor. Provided everything is set up and operating as it should, a good trailer will use relatively little electricity once the interior has reached optimal temperature. If a fridge trailer is not level though, cooling system efficiency goes out the window.

The cooling system on each of our trailers is a closed loop system that does two things. The system forces a thermal liquid into interior spaces where it absorbs heat. Second, it pulls that liquid out and runs it through a heat exchanger that extracts and dissipates the heat. The liquid is then sent back in. It is the job of the compressor to keep it all flowing.

Under normal circumstances a compressor will work at peak efficiency. If a fridge trailer is not level though, it creates a situation in which the thermal liquid in the cooling system can pool in the lower areas of the loop. This causes the compressor to have to work harder to keep the liquid moving. The system becomes substantially less efficient the greater the angle of tilt.

A single instance of allowing a fridge trailer to be slightly off level will not increase the workload on the compressor enough to cause failure, but multiple instances can do just that. Forcing a compressor to work harder than it is supposed to wears it out much more quickly.

We insist on levelling our fridge trailers because it is best for our customers and our equipment. Should you ever contact Icecool Trailers for fridge trailer hire – and we hope you will next time you have a need – rest assured that we will handle installation, levelling, and connection to your power source. You needn't worry about anything.