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Accessories & Options

  • (18) 1/6 size 4" deep non-recessed pans; they mount flush and make swapping ingredients easy
  • Accommodates (1) 12" x 18" x 6" food box or a 1/2 size and 1/3 size food pan per drawer
  • Air flows under flush-mount pans instead of across ingredients for longer freshness than other units
  • 1/5 hp compressor uses R290 refrigerant and can perform in ambient temperatures up to 100 degrees
  • Stainless steel and aluminum construction; 2" non-CFC polyurethane foam insulation
  • 3 5/8" casters allow mobility for cleaning
  • Front-breathing, may be installed flush against wall
  • 115V
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How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

Cleaning your refrigerator condenser coils every month is essential for maintenance. Refrigerator coils accumulate a coating of dust over time, which makes your unit work harder. If your refrigerator isn't getting as cold as it should, or if it's using too much electricity, it's probably time to clean your coils. Begin by unplugging your refrigerator, and make sure the door is shut to keep food at the proper temperature. Use a screwdriver to remove the grill. Once removed, use a coil brush to thoroughly clean the coils. Use the crevice attachment on a vacuum cleaner to remove any extra dust or debris. When cleaning the coils, be sure to follow the direction of the fins with the coil brush and vacuum, rather than going against it. This helps ensure that you will not bend the fins on the coils. Once the coils are clean, re-install the grill. By taking the time to clean the coils in your unit, you can decrease energy costs and increase the longevity of your refrigerator!

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Taking the time to clean your refrigerator condenser coils can decrease energy costs and increase the longevity of your refrigerator! Watch this video to learn how to clean refrigerator coils.

Continental Refrigerator: Cleaning the Condenser

Continental Refrigerator: Cleaning the Condenser

Today, we're going to discuss the importance and the procedure of cleaning your condenser coil on your Continental refrigerator or freezer. This is important for many reasons. Firstly, it will conserve energy, cut down on your service costs, and also add life to your compressor. It's always important to disconnect the power to your cabinet before doing any preventive maintenance. The first thing you want to determine is where your condensing unit is located. It could be located on the top of the unit, at the rear of the unit, or on the front. Now what you want to do is located the condensing unit and remove the front grill. Once the grill is removed, you'll see the condensing unit and the condenser coil looks like the radiator in your car and inspect for any dirt or paper. Using a stiff nylon brush, remove any debris in a downward motion and always go in the direction of the fins. Depending on the amount of dirt, you may also want to use a shop-vac and you can also pass a flashlight into the fins to see if you can see through or have any additional blockage. If everything looks good, reattach the grill and start your unit. If further information is needed, consult the operation manual on our website at www.continentalrefrigerator.com.

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Conserve energy and cut down on service costs by cleaning the condenser coil on your Continental refrigerator or freezer! This will extend the life of your compressor and keep it running properly.

Continental Refrigeration Sandwich Prep Units

Continental Refrigeration Sandwich Prep Units

Continental Refrigeration gives you innovative designs for your food service needs. With over 2000 models and growing, Continental Refrigeration is American owned and American operated with superior customer service. The Continental Refrigeration sandwich prep units are certified under NSF-7 to maintain temperatures at 86 degrees Fahrenheit ambient and designed to maintain NSF-7 temperatures at 100 degrees Fahrenheit ambient. The standard model comes with flush mount pans. However, there are additional features that you can add to make your sandwich prep unit more advanced. These features include front breathing, pans along the right hand side with a flat lid, two or three tier drawers, a composite board, a crumb catcher, and a rear-mounted cutting board. For storage, you can even add a single or double over shelf. Whether you choose a standard or more advanced sandwich prep unit, these units are sure to offer you innovative solutions for your food service needs!

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Keep premium sandwich ingredients fresh (and your customers happy) with the Continental Refrigeration sandwich prep unit! With temperature controls, flush mount pans, and front breathing circulation, Continental Refrigeration will meet your needs.

Continental Refrigerator: Front Breather Kit Installation

Continental Refrigerator: Front Breather Kit Installation

In this segment, we're going to discuss the installation of your front breathing kit for your Continental refrigerator or freezer sandwich unit. It's recommended that someone assist you in placing the cabinet on its back for the removal of the skid and the installation of the air ducts. Four blocks on each corner so that no damage is done to the exterior cover or the refrigeration lines. Once it is placed, remove the shipping bolts for the skid and place the skid to the side. You'll see the four inserts for your stun casters and the air ducts. Locate your air duct and it's always important that the access hole is at the rear. This allows the air to come in and go through the condenser coil. Place the air duct over the hole for the caster, place the caster in the hole, and thread it in place, always being careful not to cross thread. Be sure that the caster is firmly set to the bottom of the case to prevent any bending or caving in. Do the same thing on the other side. Make sure the air duct holes are facing the rear and secure your two casters. After the air ducts are installed and the casters are firmly attached to the bottom of the cabinet and flush to the bottom of the cabinet, take your grill, place it over the front, and secure it with the two thumb screws. Once the grill, the air ducts, and the casters are in place, the unit now can be set upward with the assistance of someone else. When the front breather is installed properly and the unit is set back in upright position, inspect to make sure everything is good and that the unit is level. It can now be placed under the counter or in a position with minimal clearance on the sides, rear, and top. The purpose of the front breather is to draw fresh air in from the front left. It goes through the condensing unit and discharges out the front right. This way, you don't need the clearance that you would if you did not have the front breather. If additional information is needed, consult the operation manual on the website at www.continentalrefrigerator.com.

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Install a front breather kit on your Continental refrigerator or freezer sandwich unit with these simple steps! The front breather will draw fresh air in and discharge it through the front so you don't need as much clearance around the unit.

Continental Refrigerator: Replacing a Door Gasket

Continental Refrigerator: Replacing a Door Gasket

In this segment, we're going to discuss the care and the steps needed to replace the door gasket on your Continental refrigerator or freezer. It's very important to maintain your gaskets. On a regular basis, they should be inspected for any wear or tear on the sides or on the top. If needed to clean your gasket, use mild soap with warm water and a soft-bristle brush. If a door gasket is required, contact the factory or your supplier with the model and serial number of the case and that'll determine exactly the part number and the gasket needed. No tools are required to replace the gasket. Grasp the top corner or the door gasket and pull straight out of the retainer. Once the gasket is fully removed from the door, take the new gasket and line up the dart on the gasket with the retainer. Pushing with your thumb, making sure that the dart is in line. Once the gasket is in place, close the door, inspect for any gaps or sealing issues, and that's all that is needed to replace a door gasket on your Continental refrigerator or freezer. If additional information is needed, consult the factory or the operation manual, which can be downloaded on www.continentalrefrigerator.com.

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Maintain the gaskets on your Continental refrigerator and freezers with these simple instructions! By inspecting the gaskets for wear and tear, you can ensure there are no gaps or sealing issues on your units.

Continental Refrigerator: Converting Doors to Drawers on Sandwich and Undercounter Units

Continental Refrigerator: Converting Doors to Drawers on Sandwich and Undercounter Units

Hello, in this segment we’re going to show how to convert your Continental undercounter or sandwich case from a door to a drawer. It’s always recommended to disconnect the power to your cabinet before service or modifications. In this segment you are going to need the following tools: a Phillips screwdriver, or a Philips adapter for the drill, a cordless drill with an eighth inch drill bit, and 6 Philips #8 truss head sheet metal screws as well as a pair of pliers not shown in the video to remove the vertical pilaster strips. Once the power’s been disconnected, open the door and remove the top and bottom hinge screws, set the door to the side, also remove the shelf and the side wall vertical pilaster strips. Take the four hinge screws that you removed, reinsert into the four hinge holes, top and bottom. Your drawer cage assembly will consist of 2 drawers and the cage with the center mullion that holds the drawers. Open the top drawer, slide the locking clip from the slide forward and down the back, and remove the top and bottom drawers and set to the side. Carefully lift up and slide the cage assembly into the door opening. Be sure that the center mullion is flush with the front of the case. Locate the six mounting holes in the cage assembly and take your eighth inch drill and drill into the plastic breaker covers. Insert the 6 Phillips screws into the predrilled mounting holes. Install the top and bottom drawer, locking the slide clip on right and left sides. Open and close the top and bottom drawers making sure they close properly and have a good gasket seal. I hope this information was helpful and if you need additional information, please contact the factory or you can download the operation manuals from our website, www.continentalrefrigerator.com.

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Looking to change the doors on your Continental Refrigerator sandwich or undercounter unit to drawers? Thanks to this helpful video, you can quickly and easily convert your unit to better suit your foodservice needs.

Continental Refrigerator Flexible Solutions

Continental Refrigerator Flexible Solutions

Continental Refrigerator: Flexible. Period. Different applications, Flexible Solutions. DLG Griddle Stands: Designed to maintain NSF-7 temperatures in 100 degree ambient. Machine edge. Easy glide, fully extendable drawers with built-in safety clips. Drawers hold 6" deep pans side-by-side. Drawers support up to a 250 lb. capacity. Front breathing. Unique forced air design utilizes fans (approx. every 12") across the back unit. With optional features like a flat top, extended top, digital thermometer, compressor on left, and adjustable legs, you can get exactly what you want. It comes in a standard model, and you can add optional features. SW Sandwich Units: Certified under NSF-7 to maintain temperatures in 86 degree ambient and design to maintain NSF-7 temperatures in 100 degree ambient. Flush mount pans. Full length evaporator coils across back of unit. Easy-in-the-field conversion from door to drawer. Insulated lids. With optional features like front breathing, pan top on right, two tier drawers, three tier drawers, composite board, crumb catcher, flat lid, rear-mounted cutting board, single overshelf, and double overshelves, you can get exactly what you want. It comes in a standard model, and you can add optional features.

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Continental Refrigerator has the Griddle Stands and well as the Sandwich Units to cater to your refrigerator needs. Both units comes with a multitude of benefits, and you can add optional features to the standard model in order to get just the right piece of equipment for your business.

Continental Refrigerator SW48-18M-FB-D Specs
Width 48 Inches
Depth 35 Inches
Height 40 7/8 Inches
Cutting Board Width 48 Inches
Nominal Width 48 Inches
Cutting Board Depth 10 Inches
Work Surface Height 33 7/8 Inches
Amps 7.3 Amps
Hertz 60 Hertz
Phase 1 Phase
Voltage 115 Volts
1/6 Size Pan Capacity 18 Pans
Access Type Drawers
Capacity 13.4 cu. ft.
Casters Yes
Compressor Location Rear Mounted
Compressor Style Front Breathing
Horsepower 1/5 HP
Made in America Yes
NSF Listed Yes
Number of Drawers 4
Refrigerant Type R-290
Refrigeration Type Air Cooled
Style ADA Height
Temperature Range 33 - 41 Degrees F
Top Type Mega Top

Customer questions about this product

How do I know if this unit will fit under or match the height of my ADA-Height counter?
Many manufacturers offer their refrigeration equipment in several different height options to best meet your needs. Here's a breakdown of how we classify these different heights:

Counter Height: Work surface is more than 34" high; standard height unit.

ADA Height: Work surface height is 34" or less; complies with ADA regulations.

Low Profile: Work surface height is less than 32"; designed to fit under most ADA-height counters.

If the unit you are purchasing does not have a flat top, such as a worktop or sandwich/salad prep table, it may affect whether or not it will align with certain countertops. To ensure that the product will meet your needs, please reference the product's literature and specifications.
What kinds of pans can I use in my refrigerated prep table?
While various configurations combining traditional 1/3 size, 1/6 size, and other food pan sizes are possible, it's important to refer to your equipment's Specification Sheet and/or Owner's Manual to see what pan sizes and configurations are recommended. Certain accessories may be needed in order to use pans of a different size than what is recommended. It is also important to note that mixing and matching pans from different manufacturers may result in the pans not fitting properly.
Will my front-breathing Continental unit be ready to use as soon as it arrives?
Continental's front breathing units require simple field installation of the specialized ventilation system. Instructions for how to do this are contained in the Installation and Operations Manual, or you can also watch the how-to video posted on this item's page.
What does the “N” mean in the newer Continental Refrigerator model numbers?
This is a representation that the unit is using a “natural” or "Hydrocarbon" refrigerant. This would include both R290 and R600a refrigerants. They are being used as an eco-friendly refrigerant by Continental Refrigerator in response to the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. Read more about this program in our blog post on Refrigerant Regulations.
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Continental Refrigerator SW48-18M-FB-D Details

Craft your signature sandwiches with vegetables, cold cuts, cheeses, and more with the Continental Refrigerator SW48-18M-FB-D 48" Mighty Top front breathing sandwich / salad prep refrigerator! This sandwich prep refrigerator has enough space on its top to hold up to (18) 1/6 size food pans at a time, which are flush-mount to keep ingredients cool and fresher than ever! Each of the four drawers holds either (1) 12" x 18" x 6" food box or (1) 1/2 size and (1) 1/3 size food pan so you can keep extra ingredients nearby for refills at a moment's notice. And thanks to the 10" wide cutting board, you have plenty of space to quickly prepare and assemble sandwiches.

Operating on a 1/5 hp condensing unit, this prep refrigerator uses environmentally safe R290 refrigerant, an automatic energy-saving non-electric condensate evaporator, and a non-corrosive plasticized fin evaporator coil to keep the inside of the cabinet at constant food safe temperatures. A specially-designed air-flow system keeps the pans at a constant 33-41 degrees Fahrenheit without drying out the product, while the heavy-duty insulated pan rail lid keeps your food cold and free of contaminants in between orders. This refrigeration system is even designed to maintain safe interior temperatures in extremely hot kitchens where ambient temperatures can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

As a front-breathing model, this unit comes configured to vent at the front and bottom of the unit. This specialized ventilation system is designed to allow your new prep refrigerator to be installed flush up against a wall where space is a concern. Plus, it also allows you to install this sandwich unit into an existing counter, if you wish, for a consistent look and additional space savings.

Built with a stainless steel front and top, and aluminum sides, back, and interior, this unit is made to last. It also has 2" non-CFC polyurethane foam insulation that helps to ensure energy efficiency while contributing to the durability of the refrigerator's cabinet. To make it easy to move this prep refrigerator for cleaning and maintenance, 3 5/8" casters come included. 115V. This unit includes an electronic controller with digital display and hi-low alarm.

Overall Dimensions:
Width: 48"
Depth: 35"
Height: 40 7/8"
Capacity: 13.4 cu. ft.

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  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

    This item meets the standards imposed by NSF International, which focuses on public safety, health, and the environment.

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    This item was made in the United States of America.

  • CE Listed

    CE Listed

    This item complies with the standards imposed by the Conformance European (CE), a division of the Intertek group.

  • ETL US & Canada

    ETL US & Canada

    This item meets the electrical product safety standards imposed by the ETL, a division of the Intertek Group, for use in the United States and Canada.

  • 5-15P


    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug.

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RESIDENTIAL USERS: Continental assumes no liability for parts or labor coverage for component failure or other damages resulting from installation in non-commercial or residential applications. The right is reserved to deny shipment for residential usage; if this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible.

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