Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Tips

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When you’re running a commercial refrigeration unit for your business, you may have questions about what you need to do to maintain it in the best possible condition. Before you call that commercial refrigeration repair service, here are a few things to consider that you should work into your regular schedule.

Tips for Maintaining Your Commercial Refrigerator

 Placement and Available Airflow

Where should your refrigerator be placed? If it’s near a stove or oven, it will loose efficiency as it tries to maintain temperature next to something that is generating heat. This also puts wear and tear on the refrigerator’s condenser Good airflow around the unit makes it easier for the condenser to remove heat from the inside of the unit to the outside. Don’t forget to check that nothing is blocking fans or vents inside of the refrigerator as well.

Keep the Condenser Clean

The condenser itself needs to be kept clean, without any obstructions. It should be cleaned a minimum of twice yearly, using a nylon brush or vacuum cleaner that has a hose detachment features. Remove any dust and debris that has gathered on the machine and clean as well as you can between the cooling fins. Take care that you do not cause damage to the fins. Clean the condenser at least twice a year with a nylon brush or a vacuum cleaner with a hose detachment. Make sure to remove any dust and debris that has accumulated on the coils and between the cooling fins, being careful not to crush, bend or damage the fins. Though you can use compressed air to remove dirt, keep in mind where that air will go once it’s through the condenser.

Check the Condensate Drain and Door Gaskets

Condensate from your refrigerator collects in a tray that is kept underneath your refrigerator. In most situations, the water will evaporate on its own. If the condensate drain is plugged, water builds up n the refrigerator bottom. Clean it with compressed air or a vacuum. You’ll want to check your door gaskets to ensure they’re in good repair and free of mold or damage. This step goes a long way towards increasing equipment longevity and efficiency. Replace any gasket that has holes or tears in it.

By keeping your commercial restaurant equipment in good condition, you can rest assured that they will deliver years of valuable service at minimal cost. If you need help with getting your commercial refrigeration unit into good operating condition, please feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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