How To Maintain Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Knowing How To Maintain Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment is an important requirement for any savvy owner or manager who wishes to extend the life of their investment as well as maintaining their Commercial Refrigeration at optimum performance levels, which can save you hundreds of dollars yearly in increased energy efficiencies
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment represents a significant investment for most business owners, whether you own a small Cafe, Delicatessen, Butcher Shop or are part of a larger commercial kitchen environment, chances are you’ve experienced a commercial refrigeration breakdown at some point.
Whilst you cannot totally eliminate breakdowns, there are still a number of factors that you can implement to help prolong the life of your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Knowing How To Maintain Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment can extend the life of your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment , and you will reap the add on associated benefits
Below are 5 quick tips to help you maintain your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, please also refer to equipment manufacturers guidebook for a complete set of instructions on How To Maintain Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Safety is paramount, so ensure you have power switched off before attempting any cleaning or maintenance on any Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Never attempt any actual repairs yourself , but make sure you engage a fully qualified Commercial Refrigeration technician to perform any repairs, and also contact the manufacturers for any warranty terms
- Adequate Ventilation
Never place any refrigerated unit in a room without adequate ventilation. Not only is it a safety hazard, but Commercial Refrigerators can generate a fair degree of heat that needs to “escape” safely. Having little or no ventilation in a room will cause the condensing unit to work longer and harder to maintain ideal cabinet temperature , this will have a negative effect on all working parts of the units, especially the compressor and fans, and you will also notice a spike in energy consumption. Check each manufacturers guide for correct ventilation around unit and you will keep your unit “breathing” longer.
- Condenser Cleaning
A dirty condenser is one of the main causes of refrigeration breakdowns and failure, and also significantly contributes to higher running costs
Optimally you should check your equipment condenser 3-4 times annually, and gently brush off any dust particles with a downwards vertical stroke that have formed around the fins.
- Correct Stocking
Never load hot product directly into a refrigerated cabinet, or into a refrigerator that is not running at optimal temperature
Always ensure that products are evenly displayed or stored to allow for air circulation within the unit
- Checking & Cleaning Gaskets
Door gaskets may appear to be a simple part, but in effect they play a crucial part in keeping cold air in and hot air out, so regular cleaning and checking is important
Generally speaking most door gaskets can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth and warm water, and then thoroughly dried with another cloth
- Correct Drainage
Usually condensate drains are located at the base of the unit, but this can vary with top mounted mounted models
Regularly check the units drain for any blockages, you can achieve this through inserting a small soft thin brush into drain, or by blowing out any debris through a straw
The above is just general advice in nature, regular maintenance and ongoing service by a qualified refrigeration technician can prolong your investment and keep it running for many years