By the time a researcher or scientist seeks to purchase a laboratory refrigerator, he or she will likely have a good idea of the purpose for the unit and the more well-informed may even have an idea of which laboratory refrigerator manufacturer might have the desired unit.
But still there are many others who may need to do their research to discover which manufacturer makes the perfect product for their needs. To assist you in making sure that you choose the best freezer for your laboratory, here is a checklist of a few important aspects that should be considered about the refrigerator and the manufacturer while contemplating your purchase:
The manufacturer should warrant that the laboratory refrigerator products that it manufactures are free from defects for a period of 12 months for parts and 90 days for labor, commencing from the date it is shipped to you. This warranty should cover all mechanical and electrical parts and whether the parts more or are stationary. Reputable manufacturers do not have an issue with standing behind their products, and this type of warranty shows their commitment.
Variety of Sizes
A lab will have to determine what size refrigerator it needs based on the types and quantities of experiments it conducts. Further there will be limitations potentially based on the size and configuration of the laboratory.
Different labs will have various amounts of free space for a unit. Some might be able to accommodate large refrigerators while others might only be able to accommodate smaller ones. Still others may not have any floor space available and need to have an under-counter unit. The right manufacturer will have a variety of units in all sizes and configurations from which to choose.
Refrigerators that Offer Various Temperatures
Laboratory refrigerators are known for their providing the exact temperature shown in their readouts and for doing it consistently. Today’s units offer different temperature capabilities. The ranges go from standard temperatures of around -18°,-20° or -25°. But lab work also sometimes involves utilizing materials that need to be cooled to much lower temperature ranges of between -40° to -86°. These ultra-low refrigeration units run at a very high rate and in addition to their costing more electricity every month, they can have maintenance issues. If you seek to buy this type of unit you should choose a manufacturer who is expert in manufacturing and servicing them.
When you are shopping for a lab refrigerator, cost should of course be a part of your considerations. The manufacturer should provide competitive pricing for the type of unit you want to purchase. Some manufacturers will tout special features that are not really needed in order to ask for higher pricing. Make sure you know exactly what you need in a unit so that you cannot be tempted to buy unnecessary and prohibitively expensive additional features.
Take your time when selecting a unit and be sure that it matches your needs and pricing range.