Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Checklist to Prevent Costly Repairs
Nothing can put a sudden halt to the business and your profit like your commercial refrigeration unit having a meltdown. That’s why it’s fundamental to your business to keep up with your commercial refrigeration maintenance. In between scheduled services, its imperative to constantly review and execute a maintenance checklist to avoid sudden problems and costly fixes. Here are a few things you or your team can keep up with:
Clean the unit consistently
For a restaurant, where food is constantly coming in and out of your commercial refrigeration system, there’s always going to be a reason for cleaning. While it’s difficult to clean on the spot right when it happens because of the fast-paced environment, make sure your team dedicates time each night to clean up any drippings or splatters. If the spills are ignored and sit there for too long, you will only be able to truly clean it with harsh chemicals that can damage the system and make the rest of your commercial refrigeration maintenance go to waste. It can also cause unpleasant odors and mold that compromises the quality of your food, and in turn effecting the public opinion about your business.
Review the system’s settings
When it comes to commercial refrigeration maintenance, a fix can be as simple as readjusting the temperature settings. If you’re temperature is set too low, your system can overwork, shortening its life span and therefore costing you more money. And if it’s set too high, your food will spoil and it will once again cost you unnecessary money to make up for it. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommended temperature settings for optimal performance and a long lifespan.
Avoid crowding to allow air flow
It’s easy for food to get piled up, so when you conduct your commercial refrigeration maintenance, be sure to pay attention to whether or not the system is too crowded or not. If there’s too many items, it can interfere with how well air flows in and out. Your system will end up working overtime, preventing it from performing to it’s best ability and possibly dying out long before its time is done.
Always check seals
One of the most important things you can do for your commercial refrigeration maintenance is to always check every seal within the system. When seals are broken due to tears or just age, it’s important to address that immediately. If you don’t, you’ll see a spike in your electricity bill due the system overcompensating for the leaked air.
At Source Refrigeration, we not only offer routine commercial refrigeration maintenance, but we also offer 24-hour emergency response services. We strongly encourage our clients to develop a routine maintenance schedule that occurs in between scheduled maintenance to ensure longevity in your commercial refrigeration system. Please contact us at any time with questions or emergency maintenance requests, we’ll be happy to help.