We are aware that your refrigerators and freezers are critical to your business, and for sure you have already invested a fortune to have them. Because we care about your investment, we prepared a short guide on how to properly maintain your commercial refrigeration system. Use these tips to cut down maintenance and repair costs and energy bills, and to avoid major breakdowns for your supermarket, grocery store, restaurant, etc.
1. Never overload!
Using the fridges or the freezers at their full capacity or over this capacity every day causes strain on the motors and the condenser coils. This shortens the life of the equipment and increases your bills.
2. Close the doors correctly:
failure to seal the doors correctly will make it harder for the equipment to cool and to preserve the food properly. Also, check and maintain the door seal and/or automatic door closers frequently.
3. Keep the units dry and clean:
- First, do not let any liquid or spills to accumulate in the units, as too much moisture can cause an early breakdown.
- Regularly, power off the refrigerators/freezers and clean them with a soft cloth, scrubbing gently the shelves, the drain pans, tubes and other surfaces, with detergent-based or vinegar solution.
- For the exterior parts, such as the air-cooled condenser coils, use a vacuum to remove dirt, and avoid damaging the aluminum fins.
- When cleaning, keep an eye on mold and dirt on your equipment. Constant and proper cleaning of your refrigeration system, including the icemaker, prevents mold from building up and keeps the food safe from any bacteria.
4. Schedule regular professional inspections
Commercial refrigeration units need at least two professional inspections per year. An expert will spot the problems immediately, and fix them before they become real problems for your business. A professional check will include at least the following actions:
- Inspection of all electrical connections
- Cleaning the drain lines and the condenser coils
- Checking the level of refrigeration
- Calibration of the unit thermometer and thermostat
- Inspection of any worn parts
Choose Coast 2 Coast Refrigeration for high professional custom maintenance services for your commercial refrigeration units! Make an appointment today!