Woes of a Business Owner: 3 Important Tips for Commercial Refrigeration Installation and Maintenance

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So, your new commercial refrigerator has arrived, and it’s a beauty! Two pristine glass doors, bottom grill, non-marking swivel castors, energy saving controller, what more could you want?

“Great! Time to put in the stock and switch her on. Quick, we’ve got customers to serve and orders to take. What? What do you mean we have to let it sit for 24 hours? We’re trying to run a business here! Look, just put it in the corner, the surface is a bit uneven, but it’ll do……….yeah. Just cram everything in there, that’s it!”

Fast forward several months and something’s not right. There’s unpleasant noises coming from the back of the unit, the energy bills are suddenly soaring and it’s already starting to rust around the main compartments. What’s going on?

All of these are common symptoms of an improperly installed commercial refrigeration unit. Unfortunately for our business owner, his decision to place the fridge in a high humidity area and on an uneven surface, has resulted in the core components working overtime and increasing the risk of accelerated degradation. This means that the unit is working harder to keep the stock cool, resulting in increased energy bills.

And that unpleasant noise? Who knows? Could be due to the uneven balance, resulting in the main components interfering with each other. What we do know is that this unit is in serious trouble.

 

1. Clean the Condenser Coil and Other Components Once a Month

– Expert Refrigerator Technician: “So, when was the last time the condenser coil was cleaned?”

– Business Owner: “……uh……when did we first get the unit?”

Our expert technician opens up the main compartment and sure enough, there lies a grimy, dirty, greasy condenser coil. No wonder this fridge isn’t running at its peak performance, the refrigerant isn’t able to absorb all the interior heat and cool the unit down, thanks to all this grime in the way.

No problem, it’s not too late, so our expert technician can clean that and get it running again. He advises our business owner that the condenser coil should be cleaned once a month, so that the unit can continue cooling the stock at its maximum efficiency.

 

2. Place the Unit on a Flat, Even Surface

– Expert Refrigerator Technician: “Have you been hearing any irregular noises lately?”

– Business Owner: “Yeah, it started making erratic noises not long after we installed it.”

The technician inspects more of the unit. Hm, the fan blades and motor could use a good clean (preferably with a soft cloth, covering the motor when cleaning the blades), but that’s not what’s causing the problem. Our technician takes a step back and looks down at the floor. Ah ha!

The cracked tiles have created an uneven surface for the unit, which could mean some of the compartments are interfering with each other. He advises the owner to get those tiles replaced, so that the refrigerator can operate without clashing with the other components.

 

3. Keep the Unit Away From Hot and Humid Areas

Expert Refrigerator Technician: *wiping the sweat from his brow* “It’s kind of warm in here, isn’t there somewhere else this unit can go?”
Business Owner: Our storage floor area is swamped with stock right now…….but, we could make space in one of the other rooms, considering this area is adjacent to the main roller door”
Expert Refrigerator Technician: “….and with all the deliveries you get on a daily basis, the summer heat must be affecting the refrigerator’s performance.”

Keeping your commercial refrigeration unit in a well ventilated and temperature controlled environment, can help prevent the accumulation of dust and corrosion. This means your unit will have a longer lifespan and run more efficiently, without working harder to keep up with the changing conditions.
Thanks to the advice of our expert fridge technician, the business owner now knows to maintain and look after his equipment, which means he can continue enjoying the reliable service of a commercial refrigeration unit.

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