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Food businesses, supermarkets, cafes, and many other related establishments rely heavily on commercial refrigeration systems to store food, beverages, and meal ingredients for extended periods of time without spoilage. For this reason, regular maintenance of your commercial fridge system is essential to ensure that they are running smoothly all year round.
What are commercial refrigerators?
Commercial fridges are commonly seen in supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and many hospitality establishments. They come in various forms and sizes, and the choice of what fridge to use depends on one’s business needs.
Some commercial fridges include:
- chest freezers
- deli counter fridges
- upright chillers
- meat display fridge
- display fridge
- ice machine
- restaurant refrigeration
Fridges used in commercial settings are practically the same as the ones used in homes, albeit commercial fridges are bigger and more powerful mainly because of the purpose for which they are used.
Who should conduct regular maintenance of commercial fridges?
Only trained professionals should conduct maintenance activities of commercial fridge systems. While every business owner can search the Internet on how to clean the fridge and more, only professionals should handle the maintenance activities of commercial fridges.
Professionals possess specialised knowledge when it comes to commercial refrigerators, which means they can easily spot if something is amiss with the fridge. They also have the proper and specific equipment for each of the possible troubles they will encounter when it comes to the commercial refrigerators.
During maintenance, a trained professional would do the following:
- Visual inspection of the unit for signs of wear and tear, corrosion, leaks, and other possible problems
- Thorough cleaning of the fridges and freezers, particularly the coils and drain lines
- Checking of temperature and defrost settings
- Calibration of the cooling equipment
- Inspection of electrical wires and components
Routine maintenance of commercial fridges should always involve checking the components of the refrigeration system, among others. Inspecting the parts and components of the system ensures that the commercial refrigerators are performing at their best.
In addition to the visual inspection, professional maintenance personnel conduct a thorough cleaning of the equipment. Grime, dirt, and debris can affect airflow and contribute to the growth of unwanted bacteria and moulds, which is why it is vital to conduct regular cleaning of the fridges. They should also recommend proper action that business owners can take to improve the performance of their commercial fridge systems.
Why conduct regular maintenance for commercial refrigeration systems?
Those who use commercial fridges for their business should have regular and scheduled maintenance of their refrigeration systems for the following reasons:
1. To keep the refrigeration system running smoothly.
Do not wait for your fridge to show warning signs before having them checked. Businesses that use commercial refrigerators rely heavily on their cold storage to lengthen the shelf life of their food supplies. If left unchecked, fridges can suddenly malfunction. In turn, the business could suffer financial losses. Thus, it is important to regularly conduct preventative maintenance to ensure that the refrigeration systems are running smoothly all the time.
2. To maximise the fridge’s lifespan.
With proper care and maintenance, most commercial fridges can last up to 10 years or even more. Since commercial refrigeration systems are costly, commercial establishments should make it a point that their fridges stay functioning properly and efficiently throughout their life span. This can be achieved only if scheduled maintenance is done by a qualified service provider.
3. To save energy.
During preventative maintenance, a professional refrigeration service provider usually checks the components of the refrigeration system. Then, they conduct deep cleaning and identify issues that can compromise the efficiency of the fridge systems and drive-up energy costs.
When you regularly maintain your cooling equipment, it does not have to work as hard to produce the cooling required to extend the shelf life of your food products. Therefore, it saves energy costs.
4. To avoid food spoilage.
The reason for investing in a commercial fridge system is to extend the shelf life of food and other food products. Improper or insufficient maintenance can lead to revenue losses when food becomes spoiled due to premature failure of the refrigeration system. Many food products and ingredients will be put to waste if the refrigeration system is not functioning properly and efficiently.
5. To avoid costly repairs.
As mentioned earlier, professional maintenance service providers conduct an inspection of the equipment. During checking, professionals should be able to spot problems and possible future issues with the fridge. This way, business owners will be able to prevent existing issues from worsening because repairs can be made immediately.
Regular maintenance allows business owners to catch or spot the problem before it starts or before the problem becomes worse beyond repair. This is far less expensive than when the problem is not immediately addressed.
Have your commercial refrigeration systems checked by professionals from Coles.
Do not wait to see warning signals before having your fridge checked by professionals.
Coles Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is one of the most reputable names in the business of refrigeration and air conditioning. We have been servicing the areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, and the NSW Central Coast for the past 80 years.
Our team of qualified and experienced professionals will be able to help you in the preventative maintenance of your refrigeration systems for your businesses. We offer 24/7 service and preventative maintenance programs for your fridge systems. Furthermore, we take great pride in giving our clients honest and independent advice when it comes to their refrigeration systems.
Book a free quote or book an inspection or service of your facility on 02 4957 2201. For after-hours emergency service requirements, use the same number. Alternatively, fill out our contact form, and a representative will call to discuss your needs.