Commercial refrigerators are crucial pieces of equipment for any establishment. They help in cooling drinks, food items and other essential ingredients you use in your company. To ensure the refrigerator stays in top shape for longer (knowing how costly it is to procure one), you have to ensure that it's maintained regularly by an expert. This is especially important for businesses that handle foods and drinks like restaurants, cafeterias, bars and schools, among others.
What are some of the things you need to do to ensure the commercial refrigerator functions efficiently and effectively throughout its lifespan? The following commercial refrigeration maintenance tips will get you started.
Clean the refrigerator regularly
Since commercial refrigerators are often used to store food items, they should be cleaned periodically. The interior parts should be washed with warm, soapy water. Make sure all the contents are removed and kept in a temporary cooler or another unit before you start cleaning. The mild detergent in the water and soft brush will eliminate any form of dirt in the drawers, shelves, door gaskets, removable parts and other surfaces. The shelving and drawers should be soaked for a while before you scrub and rinse them out.
The exterior also needs to be wiped down with water and a detergent that cannot harm the finish. Often, refrigerators have a stainless steel exterior, so use the right cleaning solution. Don't use a sponge or scrubber to clean the surface or chlorine cleaners. A soft brush or cotton washcloth should be fine. If you aren't sure about the detergent to use, consider using vinegar. If there is grease, use an ideal stainless steel degreaser or baking soda paste.
Internal components such as the condenser coil, fan, motor and compressor need cleaning as well. Unplug the equipment before cleaning these components to get rid of dust, grime or other blockages.
Replace or clean air filters often
Dust and grease accumulate in the commercial refrigerator's air filters over time, and this interferes with the ventilation process. By cleaning the filters, loose debris and dust are eliminated. Be sure to check out the manual for tips on how to degrease the filter. Ensure you replace the filters when you realise they are worn out.
Keep the cooling equipment dry
Any liquid that may accumulate on the surface or shelving should be wiped up immediately. Excess moisture causes the freezer or refrigerator to freeze up. Other than wiping spills, consider checking for moisture build-up after several days. Also, don't forget to remove moisture from the fridge floors to prevent slips and falls.
If you have any questions about taking care of your commercial refrigeration units, contact a professional near you.