Maintenance Tips for Commercial Refrigerators

The fridge is one of the most important features of any commercial kitchen. If it breaks down, you will not be able to provide many of the meals offered to customers and stored food will quickly perish. In order to ensure this never happens, it is important to keep proper refrigerator maintenance.

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Accurate Diagnosis

You first need to identify what is wrong with the refrigerator in order to know how to deal with it. Consider if the unit is not keeping food cold enough, if the unit is warmer than usual, if refrigerant is spilling out, if the coils are frosted up or the thermostat is not working. After diagnosis, you need to evaluate how to fix the problem.

An easy fix could involve shelving, light bulbs, knobs and water filters. There are many tips online for fixing these basic fridge issues. More challenging repairs could include door closers, gaskets, hinges or fans. Difficult repairs include maintenance of evaporator coils, compressors, motors and condensers.

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DIY or Professional?

It is not always possible to repair it yourself. You need the right information, the right tools, the right spare parts and the knowledge to carry out the repair. Knowing the type of commercial refrigeration unit you have is important in order to assess the issues.

Commercial refrigeration maintenance can be cheaper if you do it yourself, but the time taken to do this and the hassle might outweigh the money saved. It might even be better to scrap the old unit and replace with a new modern unit, as that could be more efficient and save time and money in the long run.

Safety and Maintenance

Safety is the first priority in any repair. Make sure you unplug the unit, read the owner’s manual and view any online support on the company website. You could always ring the customer service team at the fridge manufacturer’s for advice about the repair – wherever you bought your Commercial Refrigeration unit from, there should be a service number to call.

Regular Maintenance

You may be able to get regular maintenance through a warranty with the provider. Keep a regular schedule for your maintenance to save time and money in the long term. A maintenance technician can identify potential problems long before they arise and deal with them quickly, so your business can continue running smoothly