Bottle coolers ensure efficient service and are available in horizontal and box models with flat tops or deep wells.
Operators can use this equipment to store and organize a large amount of beverage containers. Bottle coolers provide top access and dividers take the place of wire shelves. Many of these units utilize forced air refrigeration, which chills product on the top first and works its way down. Most also have built-in bottle openers and cap catchers. Depths typically average 24 to 27 inches deep, with lengths in the 4-, 5- or 6-foot range, depending on the model.
The self-contained refrigeration system includes an evaporator coil, fan motor and condensing unit with compressor. Temperatures on most units are not adjustable, remaining between 33 degrees F and 38 degrees F. Energy Star-qualified solid door bottle coolers utilize 1.06 to 1.25 kWh/day, while glass door models use 0.26 to 0.4 kWh/day with either R-290 or R-600a refrigerant.
In terms of cleaning, operators should wipe the interior using a bleach-based cleaner. Operators should ensure the back of these units remain free from obstructions to ensure the refrigeration system has enough air to breathe.
Although bottle coolers can last as long as 30 years, the service life depends on how well operators maintain these units. One big sign a unit is failing is when the seams on the cooler’s interior or molding on the exterior begin separating.