If you’re in a situation where your commercial fridge, freezer or cold room malfunctions or is packed full, then you may be left with nowhere to store your chilled goods or ingredients and this can result in negative repercussions for your business.
Thankfully, you have the option of mobile fridge hire to save the day.
What is Fridge Trailer Hire?
As the name suggests, fridge trailer hire allows you to hire a refrigeration unit in the form of a trailer, so it can be delivered to you promptly in an emergency.
These trailer units act as fully functioning refrigerators or freezers (depending on which you require), running between 0℃ and 5℃ or 0℃ and -22℃ respectively. They are incredibly spacious to allow room for all your chilled goods to be stored and efficiently cooled, with plenty of room for you to stand up and navigate inside.
As for running power, they can simply be plugged into a mains wall supply or a generator in order to function.
Why Might You Need It?
When running a business that relies on commercial cooling units for efficient operation, contingency plans should always be in place in case there is a situation where these units fail.
Firstly, commercial refrigerators may be unreliable. Being larger units than domestic fridges that use abundantly more power and work hard to cool more food, there are more possibilities that these wil malfunction if not taken care of properly. For example, if there is poor ventilation or too much inside, this can cause the fridge to use excess power and overheat.
If this does happen to you, then you’re left with a fridge full of items that are not being chilled, meaning they will quickly lose their quality and not be fit for purpose or consumption, ultimately losing you money and costing you time. It could be that you have another fridge or even a domestic fridge that you will be able to store these in, however it is likely that such fridges will already have contents inside and there will not be enough room for overflow. Even if you were to manage to fit everything in, a crammed fridge chills its contents much less efficiently.
By hiring a fridge trailer, you will have the space to store all your food and keep it appropriately chilled for as long as you need until your broken unit is fixed.
Another situation may be that you find yourself with more stock than you have room for for whatever reason and need some extra storage space, temporarily. Rather than investing in a whole new cooling unit that is both expensive to purchase and run, which you may not need in the long run or have the space for, hiring a mobile fridge acts as a perfect storage space for overflow that still keeps everything chilled and easily accessible – you simply pay for it as long as you need to use it, so there is no worry about having it for too little or too long in comparison to your actual needs.
What Are the Benefits?
When hiring a fridge trailer, there are a number of delivery options available to you depending on your budget and accessibility options.
If you have a tight budget, then you are able to pick up the trailer yourself and tow it on the back of your own vehicle to take it to wherever you need, then can return it again in the same way. This is much more logistically sound than mobile fridge vans, in which you would have to arrange a way of going to pick it up and returning it that involves an extra vehicle or public transport.
There is, however, also the option to pay for delivery and collection, in which case the company who you hire from will deliver to and collect from the location you give them at the date and time that you require. This is something you will have to pay for, though you can ask for a delivery and collection quote prior to hire in order to have an estimate on how much this will cost.
Of course, there is also the option to mix and match these two solutions; for example, you may not be able to pick up the fridge trailer yourself and arrange for it to be delivered, however will be able to return it yourself rather than requiring collection, or vice versa.
Fridge trailers aren’t just large empty trailers that simply stay cold. Instead, they are built to have the same practicalities as any other fridge or freezer would. Many, like the ones at Ian Hobbs Technical Services, are made with removable internal shelving, which allows you to utilise the space in the most effective, efficient and practical way possible with regards to what you are storing in there and how you like things to be organised for optimum accessibility and efficiency during business operation.
Like your standard commercial fridge, fridge trailers also have the option for temperature control. Considering that they are stationed outside and external environmental factors such as the weather may affect the temperature on the inside of the trailer, this is extremely important and useful, since it allows you to choose the specific temperature range that you require to appropriately preserve the contents you store inside.
Hiring a fridge or freezer trailer is cost-effective in more ways than one. Firstly, if you need one due to your normal fridge or freezer breaking down, then hiring a fridge trailer will give you a fast backup option to store all your ingredients, produce and/or food items before they spoil.
If you did not have this backup in place, then you would have to throw away whatever chilled goods you had been storing, which is a waste of the money you spent on them in the first place. Furthermore, not having a working fridge can also impact the speed of production or rate of sales for your business, which will impact the efficiency with which you earn potential profit – another reason why it is a good idea to hire a fridge trailer to prevent as such from happening.
In addition to this, hiring a temporary fridge trailer will be the more cost-effective option in the long run in comparison to purchasing a whole new unit. If you were to buy a new unit, you would not only be spending a large expense in one go, but you would also have running costs in order to keep it (adding to your electricity bill) as well as any future maintenance costs – along with those of your current cooling units.
It could be that you buy a new unit to replace your broken down fridge, however this may not always be the most sensible option to take. If there is only a minor issue that can be easily fixed, it could work out cheaper to pay for this to be repaired whilst hiring a fridge trailer in the interim.
The great thing about hiring a fridge trailer is you only pay for it for as long as you need it, so you will not be paying an extortionate flat rate when you only require its use for less than a week, but the price reflects your requirements. Such prices are often competitive, too, so you can trust that a reputable company, like Ian Hobbs Technical Services, will charge you a realistic price that is reflective of your needs.
Fridge trailers are an extremely convenient option when it comes to needing space to store chilled items for your business. Since they are based outside, they will not eat into any internal space that you have – or rather, don’t necessarily have. This is especially useful when you need room inside to move around during the operation of your business or when having repair work done on your broken fridge without potential interference.
Though being based outside may also be seen as a potential inconvenience to get to, they can be stationed wherever is most convenient, so you can choose to situate them in a place that will still be accessible and easy to get to without minimising operational efficiency.
As we’ve mentioned previously, it could be that your fridge isn’t malfunctioning, but you simply have just run out of space or have more food or chilled goods than usual and need extra storage for these. Perhaps you received an early delivery or there was an issue with inventory that led to extra stock, or maybe you are preparing for a special event that requires more food than usual. A mobile fridge provides a quick and convenient solution to this, offering the extra, temporary storage you need.
Another great thing about them is that they are perfect for outdoor functions and events. If your business is holding or involved in an event outside of your commercial premises (e.g. a wedding, offsite refurbishment or a corporate event), then hiring a fridge trailer allows you to take your business anywhere you need to go whilst preserving your chilled goods.
Fridge Hire Near You
If you live in the South West of England and are in need of fridge or freezer hire, then you need Ian Hobbs Technical Services. We offer mobile fridge hire 24/7, 365 days a year, making us your go-to choice in an emergency.
We offer refrigeration and freezer hire on both a short or long term basis, with our fridge trailers equipped with removable internal shelving, waterproof lighting, a security wheel clamp and 20 metres of cable (more is available upon request) – all of which are included in the price of hire.
Get in touch with us today for your quote. We are always happy to help.