We used to get paid lots to come in and deice at overtime rates, probaly earned more doing that any other type of call. Some of it has to do with budgets, had a store manager tell me he'd rather have us come in and empty cases and deice than use his own staff, because it did not come out of his "budget". Also a maitenance manager for several 100 stores in a large chain, gives me the impression that they would rather replace compressors than do maitenance or replace things like contact kits, because compressor replacements don't come out of thier budget.Originally posted by condenseddave
So you're serious, you really have to deice cases???
A chain is paying your company their rate to spray hot water in an empty freezer????
That's simply amazing.
95% of store staff don't know how to properly melt out the ice in a case properly anyhow, and most times simply shutting off the case overnight will not melt out all the ice, nor will repeated defrosts. Usually the only method is copious amounts of hot water metered out to case and down the previously cleared drain.
Glad we don't deal with too many 5 deck freezers these days, takes forever to clear the secondary airflow of ice, an area often neglected by store staff if they managed to clear the drain first. With the advent of new and improved glass doors versus 5 decks we see alot less of that ice meltin OT these days.
On Glass doors you need to be sure you've melted out the ice buildup behind the coil, usually requiring the removal of some screws and pulling back the fan plenum or getting a good look right thru the coil with a flashlight to ensure it's clear.