Tips to Avoid Commercial Refrigeration Repair
Restaurants, nationally-known pharmacies, and convenience stores all have one thing in common: commercial refrigeration equipment. Much like the food and beverages they sell, commercial refrigeration equipment does not last. Whenever your businesses’ commercial refrigerator stops working, you could call a technician for commercial refrigeration repair, but the costs often are more than what you want to spend. Rather than shelling out unplanned cash from your budget for the commercial refrigeration repair, just follow these tips to avoid repairs.
Keep Everything Clean to Avoid Commercial Refrigeration Repair
The most important thing you as a business owner can do is to keep your commercial refrigeration equipment clean. Most businesses already have to keep their commercial refrigerators clean for company policy and keeping up with the local health codes, but it’s also important to keep them clean to avoid the costs of commercial refrigeration repair as a business owner.
What Parts To Keep Clean
Perhaps the most important part of a commercial refrigerator to keep clean is the condenser. No matter which side the condenser is located on the commercial refrigerator, there is dust that can build up and stick to the condenser. This causes the condenser to work harder at keeping food and beverages cold and fresh, which leads to an increase in your business’ utility bills. The worst situation that can happen is that the condenser burns out, which results in expensive repair costs, such as having to purchase a new condenser, hiring the technician for repairs and the cost to replace the food and beverages. To avoid these costs, just wipe away the dust on the condenser with a clean towel.
If you see a large increase in your utility bill and you already checked your commercial refrigerator condenser, then there could be a leak of cold air from the gaskets. The gaskets line the frame of the refrigerator doors to seal them shut and prevent the cold air from escaping. A couple ways to tell if the gaskets are letting cold air seep out, is to check on a weekly basis if the gasket lining are peeling away from the doors or if you see cracks in the gaskets.
Not only is it important to keep the outside of a commercial refrigerator clean, but it is important to keep the interior clean and food products safe for consumption. For businesses such as fast-food restaurants that are open multiple hours of the day, it is recommended to clean the interior of the commercial refrigerator before closing each night. Some restaurants have a “deep-clean night,” in which one night a week the wait and management staff clean the entire kitchen thoroughly. By keeping the interior of a commercial refrigerator clean, you will improve its life expectancy.
Food products must also be properly clean and covered so it will remain safe for consumption. Most company and local health department policies on food safety standards require that foods be kept covered in a commercial refrigerator. This is especially true for acidic foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Without properly covering these foods in safe plastic food storage containers with tightly sealed lids, the acidic foods can actually corrode the interior of a commercial refrigerator.
What Should You Keep Clear
All kinds of commercial refrigeration equipment will have a drain pipe for excess water, oils and food particles to flow out through. It is important to keep these from clogging, especially in the case of commercial freezers. If the interior of commercial refrigeration equipment floods, it will create a build-up in the freezer and makes the condenser work harder than normal. Whenever your business has to regularly clean the commercial refrigeration equipment, make a note to have them check the drain pipe.