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Troubleshooting Puzzle: A Reach-In That’s Not Maintaining Temperature

Last updated: 06-23-2020

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Troubleshooting Puzzle: A Reach-In That’s Not Maintaining Temperature

In this month’s troubleshooting problem, the equipment is a reach-in food and beverage storage unit that is designed to maintain a cabinet temperature of 40°F. The restaurant manager’s description of the problem is that the unit seems to run constantly, yet doesn’t keep items as cool as they should be. She also said that the unit has only been in service for a month.

The design of this equipment, shown in Figure One, employs both a finned evaporator and condenser, a perimeter hot tube to prevent cabinet sweating in a humid environment, and a capillary tube metering device that is also attached to the suction line in order to create a heat exchanger.

Your initial observation of the situation is that there is no electrical issue, nor any airflow issue in regard to the condenser and evaporator, and your overall evaluation of the performance of this system renders the results shown in the illustration.

Your troubleshooting question: What needs to be done in order for this equipment to operate properly and maintain the designed cabinet temperature?


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