It doesn’t matter what type of business you run. If you are involved in storing and selling chilled goods, it is your responsibility to have a cooling system that runs flawlessly and preserves your stock at the correct temperature.
This isn’t just a matter of opinion, either. According to a statement from Australian food safety standards, “…food businesses (have an obligation) to produce food that is safe and suitable to eat.”[i] These standards, which contain various health and hygiene obligations for food handlers, are designed to educate business owners on how to prevent the spread of food-borne illness and instil confidence in customers.
But this raises some important questions. How often should you maintain your commercial cool room? And more importantly, what can you do in-between each service appointment to make sure that your cool room runs smoothly? Read more to find out.
Benefits of a Routine Cool Room Service
While hygiene is (and should be) priority number one for business owners, there are plenty of good reasons to have a cool room maintenance plan, such as:
Avoid Costly Repairs
Few things are worse than walking in to a broken down refrigeration system. Except of course, the cost of the emergency repair itself.
With a routine maintenance plan you’ll save a bucket load on emergency repairs. Sure, you can expect to pay a fair amount to keep your cool room in top shape all year round, but the cost is far less than calling out an emergency technician in the wee-hours of the early morning.
Also, thanks to the fixed price system of a maintenance plan, you’ll know exactly what to pay so you can plan ahead as part of your budget forecast – no nasty surprises!
Lower Energy bills
Secondly, a poorly maintained refrigeration system will suck the life out of your utility bills.
Now, there are many factors that determine the energy usage of your cool room. This can be as simple as making sure to keep the door closed. But it can also involve more complex procedures, such as: improve air circulation, set the correct defrosting settings, replace the door seals, re-arrange the layout of stock, and switch to low-temperature LED lamps.
By having your cool room inspected by a certified technician, they can quickly spot the shortfalls in your energy usage, and suggest a range of solutions to improve the efficiency of your cool room.
As a result, the business will reduce its carbon footprint AND you get to keep more money in your pocket. What could be better than that?
Untimely breakdowns can spell disaster for your business.
When you can no longer served chilled goods, this may cause customers to leave in droves and go elsewhere. While this scenario alone won’t force you to close up shop, it’s not a pleasant experience, and it can potentially tarnish any sense of trust and confidence your loyal customers once had.
Worse still, if you are unaware of the problem and serve sub-par quality food to your customers – well, don’t be surprised if your local council health officer drops in for a visit and a ‘friendly’ chat.
On the other hand, a cool room that is regularly maintained will never let you down. You’ll be able to keep up with customer demand and provide a consistent supply of freshly chilled goods day in, day out. This way, your business will continue to rake in the dough and maintain a growing loyal customer base.
How Often Should You Service Your Cool Room?
There are many factors that determine how often you should maintain your cool room, including the size, amount of chilled chock, age, defrosting procedure, and surrounding climate.
Regardless of these factors, there are lots of simple tasks you can perform during your day-to-day activities to increase the lifespan and performance of your cool room. Some recommended tasks, include:
- Clean the walls regularly. Using mild detergent and a damp cloth, be sure to wipe away stains and other contaminants found on the wall. If any stains reappear, take note of it. It could be a sign of a leak or faulty equipment.
- Record the temperature daily. Keep a daily record of the fridge’s temperature. Do this at different times of the day. If you notice the temperature tends to fluctuate at certain times of the day, take note. Be sure to notify your local technician and have them assess the problem.
- Clean the door seal. Wear and tear is a common problem with door seals. Once a week, use a damp cloth to clean the seal and remove any presence of gunk. In most cases, warm water will do the job. Don’t use harsh chemical cleaners as they could prematurely damage the seal.
- Watch and smell. Keep an eye out for water leaks. Regularly check the condition of your chilled goods to ensure they are frozen and fresh. Better still, use your nose to sniff out any strange smells or oddities. If you notice anything strange, take note, and alert a technician to the problem.
Time to Call the Experts?
Carrying out these regular maintenance checks, while simple, will go far to improve the lifespan and performance of your cool room. However, there is only so much you can do on your own.
In the long-run, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your local refrigeration experts and establish a routine maintenance plan. After all, you need the cool room to run efficiently 24/7 all year round. If you cannot afford to go a day, or even a few hours, without a properly running cool room – it’s time to call the experts.
At Frankii Refrigeration, we specialise in the maintenance and repairs of all types of commercial cool rooms. With over 20 years of experience proudly serving Sydney and the surrounding suburbs, you can trust us to provide a fast, reliable, and affordable service that will put you at ease.
Best of all? Our services are backed by a workmanship guarantee. So you can relax knowing your refrigeration needs are covered all year round.
For 24/7 maintenance and emergency repairs, contact Frankii today on 0411 302 715.