Maintaining your Refrigerator

Commercial Kitchen

In a commercial environment it is important for all equipment to be maintained appropriately as the cost of repairs and the effect a non-functioning piece of equipment can have on a business can be huge. If your refrigerator is properly maintained this will increase efficiency, reduce running costs and longevity of the unit.

It is important that you carry out some maintenance on your refrigeration unit, not only to keep it running but to ensure you are adhering to the Environmental Health Organisation’s regulations.
Here at G T Refrigeration we have put together some quick tips for you to ensure your units are kept up to a high standard.

It is important that you check your door seals regularly. This is because if they are split, cracked or not fitted correctly, this is the perfect breeding ground bacteria and it will also lead to loss of energy which isn’t efficient.

If the seal looks like it is in good condition and working correctly then clean it regularly with warm water and a gentle detergent. This should be done frequently to ensure that there are no nasty’s growing around the seal!

If you have a walk in fridge or freezer it is important that you check the evaporator; you are looking to see if it has iced over – if you can see ice then you have an issue. If this is the case there are a number of things you can do: you need to check the door isn’t opened frequently or for long periods of time. To ensure the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much you can have PVC strips fitted to the refrigerator. Also check where your stock is placed; it shouldn’t be piled up near the evaporator as this reduces the air flow. You should also check the temperature of the refrigerator regularly to ensure that after it has been heavily that it is recovering appropriately.

For fridge or freezer cabinets you can check the condenser at the back. Here you are looking to see how clean it looks. If it looks like it has seen better days then you need to get it professionally cleaned. If it isn’t cleaned properly then this could cause the unit to overheat and lead to a new condenser unit needing to be fitted which can be costly.

It is essential that you clean the drain hole and the drip pan, condensation here is again a breeding ground for things you just don’t want in your kitchen! If you are in any doubt you can always call a refrigeration engineer.

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