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Considerations for Medical Refrigerators
Our medical refrigerators offer a range of options in terms of storage capacity and temperatures. Here is an overview of what you should consider:
- Capacity: How much storage do you need? Our models come in a range of sizes with capacities from 1 to 72 cubic square feet.
- Location and placement: It’s important to think about where you will store your medical refrigerator within your room or laboratory. Our options allow for easy undercounter, countertop, or cabinetry kneewall installation. Units can be stacked with the adapter to maximize valuable laboratory floor space and can fit directly against a wall.
- Temperature requirements: Each of our models has specific temperature controls, but most refrigerators have a range of 2°C to 14°C with freezer temperatures ranging from -20°C to -13°C.
- Temperature monitoring and alerts: All models offer audio and visual alarms and an access port for temperature monitoring.
- Shelving: Do you need wired shelves or roll out drawers? We have both options. Certain models also have completely adjustable shelving for maximum storage space.
- Hospital-grade cords: Our models are equipped with durable power cords that provide long-lasting, reliable performance.
- Locks: All refrigerators include keyed door locks for security.
- Q: What size unit do you need?
- A: We have options from small table top, undercounter, all the way to 72 cuft, 3 door units.
- Q: Glass or solid door?
- A: A solid door would be used is you plan to store light sensitive product.
- Q: If choosing a freezer, do you need auto or manual defrost.
- A:The Defrost Cycle is the method in which the ice on the evaporator coils is removed. For vaccine freezers, there are two types of “defrost” freezers: Manual and Auto Defrost. Below are the differences and advantages/disadvantages of the two types.Manual Defrost freezers as the name suggest have to be manually defrosted by turning the freezer off or unplugging the unit. Although the defrosting of manual defrost freezers is inconvenient due to the necessity to empty the freezer and clean up after the melted ice, they do offer advantages. The key advantage is the absence of warm temperature spikes that are present with an auto defrost freezer. These temperature spikes do in fact damage some medical and scientific products. It is this reason that these types of freezers are recommended for vaccine storage by the CDC and VFC (Vaccines for Children).Auto Defrost freezers incorporate a timer and a heater attached to the evaporator coils to assist in the defrost cycle. When a defrost cycle starts the compressor is turned off and the heater turns on. The heater melts the ice that has collected on the evaporator coils. During the cycle the inside of the freezer will warm up. How much depends on the unit but it is not uncommon to see a 5°C to -10°C degree warm-up. When the cycle ends the heater is turned off and the compressor turns on. This cycle can happen several times during the day. The clear advantage of an auto defrost freezer is the ease of maintenance and no need to remove your product from the freezer. The disadvantage is most vaccines are sensitive to this warm up and could damage the vaccine.