There are two aspects that affect the life expectancy of Commercial Refrigeration:
Level of Maintenance: If you are diligent in maintaining your commercial refrigerator, you can increase its lifespan by 30% to 50%. Proper maintenance includes cleaning the condenser coil and evaporator every 30 days, along with scheduled annual maintenance by a trained technician. When your commercial freezer is not maintained properly, it affects efficiency, which in turn shortens its lifespan. This is because when your commercial freezer has a buildup of dirt, it can have a hard time maintaining the proper temperature. Therefore, the key to a long commercial freezer life is proper cleaning and annual maintenance checks by a trained technician.
Usage: This is an important consideration because how long and how often you use your refrigerator will affect its lifespan. The less you touch and use your refrigerator, the longer it will last. For example, if you have a high-traffic store that is open 24 hours a day, your refrigerator will be visited more often than a convenience store that is only open 8 to 12 hours a day. The more the door is opened and closed, the more wear on the door components, which means the door will be less effective at keeping the refrigerator sealed. At the same time, being constantly open also makes the compressor work harder because it has to restore the proper temperature more often than if the door were kept closed most of the time. In fact, a very busy commercial freezer will need to be replaced in about eight to nine years to avoid system failures that cause food to spoil.
Tips to Help Your Commercial Freezer Last Longer
Here are some tips to help ensure your commercial freezer lasts longer:
Make sure the inside of your refrigerator maintains a proper level of cleanliness to help it run efficiently.
Check your refrigerator regularly, looking for dirt buildup on the condenser, signs of frost, broken parts, malfunctioning door latches, and more.
Clean the fan blades regularly to improve airflow and motor performance.
Make sure your refrigerator is set to the ideal temperature of -18°C for efficient and safe food storage.
Open commercial freezers in commercial kitchens only when necessary.
Choose a commercial refrigerator with an automatic defrost function.
Keep your refrigerator organized to avoid overpacking your cabinets and avoid blocking thermometers and fans.
Schedule annual maintenance to check the compressor, fan motor, and wiring, and make repairs as needed.