In some industries, Commercial Refrigeration units are a very important part of the business. From restaurant kitchens to coolers in supermarkets, convenience stores, and hotel gift shops, keeping food and beverages refrigerated for customers and employees is essential. If your equipment fails, you are at risk of thawed frozen food, spoiled refrigerated food, and lost revenue. Not only would you risk losing inventory, which would bring your business to a standstill, but you would also have to invest in new equipment or pay thousands of dollars in repairs. Fortunately, with just a few steps, you can extend the life of your appliance and avoid complete cooling failure.
The cooler, refrigerator, or freezer must be kept in top condition to avoid complete failure. You can even look for certain signs of malfunction yourself. Something like a puddle on the inside or outside of the cooler could indicate a leaky drain or a major component failure. Fluctuating temperatures may indicate a problem with the condenser, evaporator, fan, thermometer, or other components. If the unit cannot reach a certain temperature, this could be a sign of a faulty component or a damaged door seal. If your equipment isn't performing the way it should, even if the problem seems minor, you need to have it checked out by a knowledgeable refrigeration mechanic right away.
The location of the unit is also important. If your refrigerator is not ventilated or has a blocked fan, it will not be able to cool effectively and efficiently, which can cause critical components such as the compressor to fail. This can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs, so you should make sure to check the location of your commercial refrigeration unit; make sure all fans run freely, and keep vents away from walls. Content is also an important consideration. If overloaded, your refrigerator may not maintain the proper temperature and may work too hard to cool, causing critical components to fail prematurely.
Regular maintenance by a professional is essential to prolong the life of your commercial refrigeration systems such as a walk-in cooler, refrigerator, or freezer. While you can check some aspects of the equipment yourself, there are other parts that need to be checked several times a year. A professional will inspect and clean your evaporator and condenser coils, refill refrigerant and repair leaks as needed, and make sure your equipment is functioning properly. All maintenance should be performed by licensed and experienced professionals.