Regular inspections help ensure the longevity and efficiency of commercial refrigeration units. Neglecting routine checks increases the likelihood of system breakdowns, often at the most inconvenient times, like peak business hours. In this blog, we’ll discuss practical tips to help you maintain the optimal performance of your commercial refrigeration system.

A refrigeration system installed in a commercial supermarket in Gladstone

Key Components to Monitor: Evaporators and Condensers

These components play an important role in the overall system efficiency. Failing to maintain them properly can lead to increased energy usage and reduced lifespan of the unit:

  • Evaporators: This component absorbs heat from the storage space, thereby lowering the temperature. Regular cleaning and inspection of the evaporator coils are necessary to prevent frost accumulation, which hinders efficiency.
  • Condensers: Located outside the refrigerated area, the condenser releases absorbed heat into the external environment. Like evaporators, the condenser coils also require regular cleaning to remove debris and ensure optimal heat transfer.

Optimal Temperature Settings: Achieving Efficiency

Achieving the right balance between energy efficiency and the quality of stored items is critical. Temperature settings may vary based on what is being stored; however, it’s important to keep temperatures as stable as possible. Fluctuations can be detrimental, not just for the perishables but also for the overall energy consumption of the unit. Reading and following the manufacturer’s guidelines on temperature settings can be a valuable starting point for optimisation.

The Role of Professional Services in Preventive Maintenance

Professionals play an invaluable role in the preventive maintenance of your commercial refrigeration unit. They utilise specialised tools and extensive knowledge to identify and resolve potential issues before they escalate into severe problems. They also offer a more comprehensive system check, covering electrical connections and mechanical components.

Identifying Common Signs of Wear and Tear

Monitoring these signs can act as a first line of defence, prompting timely intervention and maintenance. This helps avoid expensive repairs down the line. Watch out for:

  • Unusual Noises: Sounds like rattling or buzzing may indicate loose or malfunctioning parts.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: If the unit is not maintaining a constant temperature, it could be a sign that maintenance is required.
  • Frost Buildup: Excessive frost could indicate problems with the evaporator or other system components.

Best Practices for Cleaning and Sanitisation

Regular cleaning and sanitisation practices not only contribute to the longevity of the unit but also enhance efficiency by allowing the system to run smoothly. These include:

Cleaning the Evaporators and Condensers

  • Use a soft brush to remove loose debris.
  • Clean with a manufacturer-approved solvent.

Interior Cleaning

  • Use mild detergent and warm water.
  • Ensure that all surfaces are dried properly to prevent mould.

Door Seals

  • Clean with a mild detergent.
  • Inspect for cracks and replace them if needed.

Your Next Step for Comprehensive Maintenance