To ensure your commercial refrigeration equipment remains in peak condition, preventative maintenance is a necessity; after all, continual maintenance is the backbone of product efficiency.
In light of World Refrigeration Day, we’re shedding some light on the simple yet incredibly effective steps to take to ensure your refrigeration system performs to its best, all year round.
Avoid an emergency breakdown
Just the thought of your refrigeration system having a meltdown (literally!) is enough to make you consider annual servicing to ensure optimum performance. By getting your systems checked over a couple of times a year by a refrigeration expert, any potential concerns can be highlighted before they even become a problem; worn parts can be replaced before they shut down, electrical components can be checked before they lose power, regular cleaning can reduce wear on the system and so on.
Check for mouldy ice
Ice left for long periods of time can accumulate mould and unwanted smells overtime, so it’s important regular checks and cleaning takes place. Neglected ice machines, for example, can carry harmful bacteria and viruses like Salmonella and Listeria. Arrange for a maintenance expert to come out bi-annually, or even monthly depending on usage, to give the components of your system a thorough clean. Plus, regular cleaning of your system has the added benefit of increasing the ice yield.
Lower your energy costs
Fancy saving up to 10% on your energy bills? Maintaining your refrigeration equipment will do just that. As the condenser coils become dirty over time, your coolers and freezers have to work harder to maintain a cool temperate inside, thus using more energy in the process. Worn gaskets, door handles, hinges and faulty seals can cause cold air to escape from the unit, forcing it to run for longer which utilises more electricity.
Examine slime and grime
A commercial fridge can collect large amounts of sludge and slime, which can cause the unit to freeze up excessively. Components like the drain pan and any tubing can experience frequent build-ups in particular, causing clogs and potential large blockages. When a major clog occurs in the drain hoses, it can overflow in your defrost system and leak out onto the floor.
Locate the unit appropriately
It’s a common concern for owners when they notice their refrigeration system isn’t as cool as it used to be, and a quick look on the internet often pops up with issues surrounding the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing heat as warm air travels through the refrigeration unit, helping to keep the unit’s interior cool. Whilst it’s the possible cause, the area where the unit is located can have a big impact on the inside temperature. Make sure the surrounding area is clear and avoid cramming the system between other electrical systems, which are known for giving off masses of heat.
To discuss your current maintenance set up or to arrange a service of your current systems, speak to our maintenance team on 0844 967 0573.