1. Your Commercial Fridge Should Be Inspected By a Professional Once a Year
According to industry standards, a professional refrigeration specialist should inspect your refrigeration system once a year. This is an important measure to undertake, since they are able to inspect components vital to operating the system and they can identify problems to be solved before they become costly expenses.
A quality inspection should involve assessing the condition of the compressor, motors, coils, refrigerant charge and much more, all of which are necessary to have your system operating at peak efficiency.
However, there are ways that business owners and staff can maintain the condition of their refrigerating units, without waiting for an annual inspection. Condenser coils should be regularly cleaned (at least once a month), so that the refrigeration cycle is not disrupted by the build-up of corrosion. It is also important to check for potential ‘leaks’ in airflow, either due to damaged or faulty seals that have become fractured from wear and tear.
2. Synthetic Refrigerants are contributing to Global Warming (But It’s Getting Better)
A refrigerant is a combination of mixtures or substances that is used to operate a refrigerator or air conditioning unit. To achieve this it undergoes what’s known as a refrigeration cycle, which involves transforming the liquid into a gas, then back again, in order to cool the internal heat source (or sink).
Up until the mid-90’s to the early 2000’s, the most common type of refrigerant used was a colourless gas called HCFS–22 (or R-22). One huge problem with R-22 is that it is a heavy contributor to depletion of the ozone layer and features a high global warming potential (GWP) scale.
To combat this, in 2004, The Montreal Protocol begun phasing out the use of R-22 and has since been replaced by formulas such as HFC-410A (R-410A), which helps reduce power consumption and produces less greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, any new installation of a commercial refrigerator or cool room must abide by these industry standards. This helps to reduce the impact of greenhouse emissions and also provides a safe working environment for employees.
3. Different Accessories Exist for Various Refrigeration Systems
Business owners looking to install a new refrigeration system or upgrade their existing one, have the potential to choose from a range of exteriors. This is because different materials are varied in their durability and some are easier to clean than others. Materials such as vinyl or stainless steel can offer a more pleasing aesthetic based on your preferences, along with being easier to clean and maintain.
Business owners can also seek out a range of different shelving solutions, sliding doors and much more. A high-quality system that has these features can provide a huge convenience for employees or customers.
4. Overfilling a Commercial Cool Room Can Impact its Performance
One of the biggest challenges in operating a commercial cool room is achieving the right balance between an adequately filled room, and one that’s overly crammed. The drawback to a crowded fridge is that it reduces room for the air to circulate, which can affect the overall performance of a refrigeration system.
To tackle this, aim to stack goods at a reasonable height and avoid blocking areas where fans or other key components may be operating. Special devices can also be used to calculate where the greatest level of airflow is coming from, which can help you in deciding where to place all of your stock.
5. Avoid Keeping Your Refrigerator Door Open
Everyone knows this, but not everyone realizes just how wasteful an open fridge door can be. According to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Utah, opened refrigerator doors can waste between 50 – 120kWh of energy per year…..and that’s just for residential fridges.
So what does that mean for your commercial fridge? Aim to have stock quickly brought in during deliveries and avoid having them open when not in use.