Maintenance Techniques For Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

January 17, 2012
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The food service industry relies heavily on dependable commercial refrigeration to chill and store food safely. A refrigerator malfunction or breakdown can cause spoilage and a massive disturbance to your day-to-day routine, leading to lost time and ultimately, lost revenue. As an owner of commercial refrigeration equipment, it is necessary to know the basics of maintenance to reduce the risk of costly problems now and in the future.

How to Maintain Commercial Refrigerators

Many problems can be avoided by maintaining regular equipment inspections. The constant use of commercial refrigeration equipment brings with it the potential for errors that can be spotted during a visual inspection. Therefore, it’s important to be consistent in your maintenance routines, picking up signs of a problem early and rectifying the issue before it worsens. This dilgence and consistency will pay off in the future and save you a significant amount of funds down the line.

Clean Condenser Coils

Since every refrigerator uses compressors and condensers, the coils must be cleaned regularly to achieve the correct operating temperature. A coil brush is the tool that is used to remove hair, dust, dirt or other debris that clogs the coils, making it more difficult to maintain accurate temperatures. Condenser coils should be cleaned once each month to help extend the operating life of your commercial refrigerators.

A refrigerator coil cleaning brush

Check for Drain Clogs

The defrost setting for refrigeration systems is what keeps ice from forming inside the doors and on food products. A clogged drainage hose can prevent proper defrosting and cause water leakage. Most commercial refrigeration units have a rear access panel; this allows you to easily get to the drainage hose. This should be checked regularly to keep clogs from causing motor or electrical damage.

Fix Cracked Gaskets

The gaskets used inside of commercial refrigeration units create a tight seal when the door is closed, but they can crack and wear over time. This allows cold air to dissipate, forcing the compressor and condenser units to work harder. Leaking door gaskets are a common cause of failure to hold correct temperature in commercial refrigerators. The gaskets have a retaining clip that should be unscrewed to allow the gasket to be removed. Inspecting the gasket will reveal any cracks or holes. A new gasket should be installed if defects are found.

Commercial refrigerators will have a long, useful life when properly maintained with routine inspections and accurate maintenance techniques.

Have more questions regarding your commercial refrigerator maintenance? Call us at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com

3 Responses to Maintenance Techniques For Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

  1. Violet
    January 31, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I loved this article.

  2. February 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    You’ve put together a great post here.

    I’ve learned from experience that when buying a commercial refrigerator it’s important not to be tempted by cheaper, cut-price models. The initial savings may be offset by future servicing and repair costs. If in doubt, go for a reputable, long-standing brand. They’re a popular sellers for this very reason and are more likely to offer good customer support.

    Best wishes, Alex.

    • February 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much Alex! I’m glad you found the article to be informative and we definitely agree with you! Investing in reliable, quality equipment will save you a lot of headaches and money in the long run. =)

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