Commercial Refrigerator Maintenance
Your Europa commercial refrigerator is essential to your establishment; cooling all your beverages to perfection. To keep your unit in tip-top shape, it’s important to perform routine upkeep. So what do you need to do on a regular basis? Below are some helpful commercial refrigeration maintenance tips to keep your unit clean and running strong.
Consistently Clean the Interior & Exterior
Try to schedule a thorough cleaning of your entire refrigeration unit on a weekly or biweekly basis. Remove items from the interior, and place them in another unit or temporary cooler. Using a soft brush, scrub the shelves and surface with warm water and soap or a vinegar solution. If you can remove shelving, soak them for a while and rinse when clean.
Regularly Clean the Condenser Coil
You should clean your commercial refrigerator or freezer’s condenser coil routinely. Most manufacturers recommend cleaning once every three months, and many manuals provide specific cleaning tips. If dirty or dusty, it can be difficult to maintain temperature, causing overheating and component failure.
Basic Condenser Coil Cleaning
In Depth Condenser Coil Cleaning
Check the Area by the Evaporator Coil
Like the condenser coil, the evaporator coil is a vital component to your commercial refrigerator. The evaporator coil is located by the evaporator fan and is responsible for absorbing heat as warm air passes through the refrigeration system, helping cool the unit’s interior. Make sure to keep the surrounding area near the coil clear and clean on a consistent basis. Blocking airflow by the vents inside the unit can cause the coil to freeze, leading to water leaks and a rise in cabinet temperature.
Keep an Eye on Door Seals
The seals around your refrigerator’s door are the barrier between the cool air inside and the warm air outside. Keep the door seals clean and have them replaced if you notice any cracks or splits. The door gaskets are essential to any commercial refrigeration unit. Any type of split or crack can prevent the door from sealing shut, causing cool air to exit the fridge’s interior. If a gasket is broken, make sure to replace it with the appropriate manufacturer recommendation. For instance, when replacing a True refrigerator gasket, you must use the gasket associated with your unit’s serial and model number.
Check the Air Filters Often
Grease and dust can also be a hassle on your commercial fridge’s air filters. A large buildup can prevent air in the unit from ventilating properly so that’s why routine cleanings are essential. Remove any dust or loose debris with a powerful shop vacuum, and use degreasing solution to eliminate any thick grease. Consult you unit’s service manual for tips on how to properly degrease the filter. Too much grease and dust can damage the air filter. If you notice splits from the debris, make sure to replace the filter immediately.
Routinely Clean Drain Pans and Tubes
A large commercial refrigerator or freezer can attract a big amounts of sludge and slime, which can cause your unit to freeze up. Make sure to check your drain pan and any tubing that could experience frequent buildups. If your drain pain overflows with moisture and sludge, it can emit a pungent odor throughout your kitchen space. Clean the pan at least once a month using a vinegar solution or with soap and warm water.
Keep Your Refrigeration Unit Dry
Be sure to wipe up any liquid that accumulates on the surfaces of your reach-in unit. Too much moisture can cause your refrigerator or freezer to freeze up over time. You not only should clean up spills immediately, but you also should check for moisture buildups at least once a week.
Keep Your Fridge Full
When sufficiently loaded, items help keep each other cool. You should try to keep your refrigerator at least 2/3 full at all times. If your fridge is too big, add jugs of water in both compartments.
These commercial cooler maintenance tips are guaranteed to increase the lifespan of your equipment. Instead of spending a fortune on replacement refrigerator equipment or emergency service calls, keep your cooler in great shape with these quick tips.
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