Why U.S. Cooler® Walk-Ins

Unparalleled Customer Support

Our highly experienced sales staff is here for you before, during, and after the sale. Each customer is assigned a sales and sales support person for all your business. When you call U.S. Cooler®,  you’ll be greeted by a real person and transferred to someone who can help. Our staff always responds quickly to quotation requests.

Quality Refrigeration

U.S. Cooler® provides refrigeration systems that are designed to provide many years of reliable service. These systems include components from quality manufacturers who provide nationwide support for their products. Units are available in a variety of configurations, including remote, top mount self-contained, side mount self-contained, pre-assembled non-charged, and pre-assembled pre-charged.

Custom Design, No Custom Price Tag

Our walk-in units are designed and constructed to the customer’s specific needs. We can design boxes of any shape, and size and offer two types of high R-value insulation. Unlike other manufacturers, we don’t charge extra customization. Each panel is computer engineered to provide quick and easy assembly. All walk-ins are pre-assembled at our manufacturing facility to assure all locking mechanisms and panels join together correctly. Our panels are then packaged to ensure safe arrival at the job site. The end result is a quality, sealed walk-in unit when assembled at its final location.

Fast Shipping

For many of our customers, time is a major factor in their walk-in purchases. That is why we have automated systems that make it easier and quicker to purchase your walk-in. The QuickShip Program was implemented to cut down waste and production time. The QuickShip Program features standard-sized models that usually ship within 3 days. Custom walk-ins generally ship within 3 weeks.

Quality Walk-ins

Quality is very important to U.S. Cooler®. Every walk-in that is manufactured is set up in our plant for quality assurance and to ensure ease of installation for the customer. Anyone can watch our walk-ins being set up by checking out our Live Webcam.

We believe that our customers should be informed of what they are purchasing and how other walk-ins differ throughout the industry. Use our Buying Guide and FAQs to help answer any questions you have about the purchase of your walk-in.

The Best Add-ons

U.S. Cooler® provides all the top-quality walk-in accessories to fit your specific needs. Outside ramps, rain roofs, strip curtains, shelving, glass doors, and audio-visual alarms, just to name a few. Top-of-the-line accessories accompany every walk-in leaving for its final destination. When these accessories are supplied, you are assured that the entire package is configured according to your specifications.

With these attractive qualities and customization elements, all offered at reasonable prices, U.S. Cooler® is the best choice to fulfill all of your walk-in cooler and freezer needs.

Since 1986 U.S. Cooler® has designed and manufactured the best quality walk-in freezers, walk-in coolers, and combination units at low competitive prices. These installations are used for all types of cold storage settings. Various applications include restaurants, bars, breweries, convenience stores, florists, food banks, grocery stores, warehouses, schools, and institutions.

Foam

Foamed-in-place Insulation

Foamed-In-Place Polyurethane

U.S. Cooler’s® foamed-in-place polyurethane performance rating of R-32 for freezers meets the Energy Independence and Security Act and exceeds the R-25 requirement for coolers. Its 97% closed-cell structure resists moisture from seeping into the insulation, which helps maintain the high R-value. By utilizing state-of-the-art horizontal presses and technology, panels lie flat during the foaming process, which reduces voids in the insulation. With the panels’ structural tongue and groove, the cam-locking system provides an air-tight seal between the panels and restricts air infiltration into the insulation core. Foamed-in-place polyurethane manufacturing techniques present a uniform adhesion to the metal skins causing the insulation to continuously adhere.

Superior Quality

U.S. Cooler’s® polyurethane walk-in products are made with the same exceptional quality and performance construction that has proven successful in the industry for over 25 years. Every walk-in is pre-assembled in our manufacturing facility before shipment to ensure precise quality control and ease of assembly in the field.

Design Flexibility

U.S. Cooler’s® walk-in cooler and freezer units are constructed to the customer’s specific needs. Each panel is engineered to provide durable, long-lasting service. The panels can be assembled quickly and easily. With our cam-action locking system, our units can be taken down for relocation or expanded as simply as they are installed. U.S. Cooler® offers several interior and exterior metal options to conform to your design requirements for decor and durability.

General

Walk-ins are constructed of 100% foamed-in-place polyurethane modular panels designed for accurate, rapid field assembly. All walk-ins are test assembled at the factory and include a set of installation instructions and a layout drawing. Each panel will have an identification number corresponding to the layout drawing to facilitate rapid and accurate field erection.

Coolers & Freezers

Foamed-in-place Polyurethane: All insulation shall be 4″ thick, high quality, rigid polyurethane, 2.2 lb density. For Coolers: K factor of not more than .141 and an R-factor of not less than 7 .1 per inch, initial fresh R-28.4 minimum total wall R factor. For Freezers: K factor of not more than .125 and an R factor of no less than 8 per inch, initial fresh R-32 minimum total wall R factor. For coolers and freezers, vapor transmission shall be less than 1 perm and foam core material must meet UL Foam Core 20 flame spread rating with an average smoke rating of less than 450. (ASTM E- 84) UL 1715 Certified listed with Intertek/ETL (optional)

Panel Construction

Each panel consists of inner and outer metal skins, and a 4″ insulation core, and is equipped with cam-action locking devices. Construction is approved by the National Sanitation Foundation International and bears the NSF® Seal of Approval. All panels shall be connected to one another by placing the tongue of the insulation core of one panel into the groove of the core insulation of the adjacent panel. The resultant tongue and groove joint shall be sealed at both sides by double-barreled NSF® approved gaskets. To avoid future swelling and mold formation, no wood shall be permitted in the manufacture of the tongue and groove panel profile.

Extruded Insulation

Extruded Polystyrene insulation is one of the two main insulation materials used in the manufacturing process for walk-in coolers and freezers. Extruded polystyrene insulation is a closed-cell insulation structure with resistance to moisture absorption. These characteristics, along with its strength, are what make Extruded Polystyrene the optimal choice for the cold storage industry.

Maintains a High R-Value

Extruded Polystyrene’s closed-cell structure and lack of voids result in a higher, longer-lasting R-value. Extruded Polystyrene holds its R-value longer than other insulations. While other insulations only retain 25% of their R-value within 5 years, Extruded Polystyrene retains 75% of its R-value over 5 years.

Improves Energy Efficiency

The continual objective of the insulation in walk-ins is to maintain a high R-value which ultimately saves energy. Obtaining and maintaining the highest possible R-value is the key to achieving the highest energy efficiency over the life of the unit. Extruded Polystyrene meets and exceeds the requirements for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and upcoming federal regulations.

Excellent Moisture Resistance

One of the largest factors that can affect the insulation’s performance is moisture. When water starts collecting inside walk-in insulation, the R-value drops, and moisture inside the insulation starts to freeze. When there are extreme environmental differences in the temperature of the inside and the outside of the walk-in, the insulation is vulnerable to retaining moisture in the structural voids. As water has a much lower R-value than insulation, the water reduces the R-value of the insulation. As the R-value decreases, the unit’s refrigeration system has to work even harder to hold the correct interior temperatures.

Coolers & Freezers

All wall and ceiling insulation are 4″ thick, high quality, rigid extruded polystyrene, 1.6 lb density. For coolers, the R-factor will be at least 7 .2 per inch, making the R-value of the panels equal to or greater than R-28.8. For freezers, the R-factor will be at least 8 per inch, making the R-value equal to or greater than R-32. Vapor transmission shall be less than 1 perm, and foam core material must meet: Owens Corning – UL Foam Core 5 flame spread rating with an average smoke rating of less than 175. (UL 723) Dow – UL Foam Core 15 flame spread rating with an average smoke rating of less than 165. (UL 723)

Panel Construction

Each panel consists of inner and outer metal skins, and a 4″ insulation core, and is equipped with cam-action locking devices. Construction is approved by the National Sanitation Foundation International and bears the NSF® Seal of Approval. All panels shall be connected to one another by placing the tongue of the insulation core of one panel into the groove of the core insulation of the adjacent panel. The resultant tongue and groove joint shall be sealed at both sides by double-barreled NSF® approved gaskets. To avoid future swelling and mold formation, no wood shall be permitted in the manufacture of the tongue and groove panel profile.

Metal Colors

U.S. Cooler® now offers over 20 different smooth metal colors for the exterior of your next walk-in. When designing your project, you can now style your walk-in to blend in or become the focal point of your room.

 

Graphically simulated color may vary from actual metal color. There is an additional charge for designer colors.

Vert-Ergo® Handle

The Vert-Ergo® handle is the industry’s first vertically positioned walk-in cooler or freezer handle.  It’s simple in design.  The vertical handle design places your hand further from the hinges, which in turn, makes a substantial decrease in the effort required to open the door. Our new Vert-Ergo® handle is built to exact standards with a quality you can see and feel.  It is available with an externally mounted lock or optionally as a standalone handle.  It is reversible and can be mounted on either a right-hand or left-hand opening door.

Vert-Ergo® Data Sheet

Testimonials

Why I buy U.S. Cooler®.  I have seen how the panels and units are built, and I feel they are among the best in the industry.  The insulation product and metal skins are of high quality.  The panels fit well in the field due to the pre-construction U. S. Cooler® performs in their plant. Customer service has been there when I have had any questions or when dealing with the few issues I have had over the years. I believe in the product and the people I have had the pleasure of working with at U. S. Cooler®. I have to mention Sharon Martz and Sarah Barry, as they have been very instrumental in my learning process and success in selling walk-in units over the last 8 years. Both have always been very prompt with quotes and helping me with any questions I may have.

— Kelly Fry – Kohl Wholesale

 

U.S. Cooler® is a ‘neighborly sort of organization’… one that is always there for you… dependable. U.S. Cooler® gives us that edge over our competitors with quick turn-around estimates. U.S. Cooler® has been totally responsive to our needs. 

–J. W. Everett – Pine Commercial Services, Inc.

 

Our customer was extremely impressed with the box and how well it went together. He and his brother-in-law, who also owns a refrigeration company, put it together and could not believe the quality and ease of installation. They both said that they will certainly be using us and U.S. Cooler® from now on. We at Alps appreciate the hard work you and Jose have put into this for us. Thanks

Scott Lewis – General Manager Alps Refrigeration Equip. Sales LLC

 

U.S. Cooler® is one of the most reliable companies to do business with!

Gloria Koziol – Stuever & Sons, Inc.

 

… we have been using U.S. Cooler® walk-ins exclusively for the last 2 years. They have very reasonable delivery times, competitive pricing, and a great staff to work with.

Tom Metz – Roger Supply Co.

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Next Steps

  • FAQ’s – Read about the specifics of our walk-ins and company processes.

  • Buying Guide – Learn about what is important when shopping for walk-ins.

  • Online Walk-in Shopping Tips – 11 Items to Look at Before Purchasing a walk-in.

Buy Walk-Ins Online

U.S. Cooler® only sells through authorized walk-in dealers. These include food service equipment dealers, refrigeration wholesalers, refrigeration contractors, and food service wholesalers.

We provide you with the tools you need to purchase a walk-in cooler or freezer quickly and cost-effectively. With the click of a few buttons, you can find a dealer near you, shop for the best price, and purchase online. Type your zip code below to enter our online authorized dealer network.

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