Polar Leasing: Making Temporary Refrigeration Easy and Efficient
At best, remodeling is a major disruption for any foodservice operation. At worst, the operation has to shut down while important kitchen equipment is being replaced, which can lead to a significant loss of revenue and customer disappointment. Because of that disruption, operators often choose not to replace important back-of-house equipment — such as coolers and freezers — simply because of the downtime that would be involved.
But replacing an outdated refrigerationsystem is just as critical as replacing a stove that’s not heating correctly, says Bart Tippmann, president of Polar Leasing. “Outdated and underperforming refrigeration systems can dramatically affect energy consumption and overall operational costs,” he says. “An outdated refrigeration system will not only cost more to operate, but the R-value of the insulation can deteriorate. Over time, panel-built walk-in units can suffer from moisture retention, lowering the R-value of the insulation and thereby reducing the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the unit. This will not only increase overall energy consumption but could also affect product quality.”
One solution some operators have turned to during renovation is temporary refrigeration units. But they’re not all created equal, Tippmann notes. “Panel-built units require on-site construction and refrigeration work to be performed, while reefer trucks require diesel fuel and are relatively inconvenient,” he says.
So is there a less disruptive way to have on-site temporary refrigeration during renovation? Polar Leasing has the answer: seamless, fiberglass refrigeration and freezer walk-in units that are delivered ready to operate. No construction is needed — simply a hardwired connection to provide power.
Polar Leasing refrigeration units are easier to access than other types of temporary refrigeration. “With tractor-trailer and reeferstyle trucks, products must be loaded and unloaded via a long ramp. This is not only an inconvenience but also presents potential workplace dangers such as slipping or falling off the ramp,” says Tippmann. “Polar Leasing refrigeration units are ground resting and NSF approved, meaning it is just a simple step to get into the unit.”
Polar Leasing units can stand up to every environment. For warm climates, the units have been tested up to 175 degrees F. They can also handle a snow load of up to 100 pounds per square foot. The strong fiberglass construction can withstand heavy rainstorms and the pounding of saltwater in coastal areas.
No matter where refrigeration may be needed, there’s a Polar Leasing depot close-by. “Polar Leasing has hundreds of distribution depots nationwide and thousands of rental units available,” says Tippmann. “This means that if an operator needs temporary refrigeration, Polar Leasing likely has a distribution depot nearby. This can be especially useful if an emergency comes up.”
And it’s the ultimate in convenience and cost savings for the operator because the units are leased for only as long as necessary with no long-term contracts. “You rent the unit for the length of time you need with an option to extend if necessary at the end of the term,” says Tippmann. “We pride ourselves on being simple. Our business is built around our customers’ needs.”