Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Tips

Commercial Refrigeration is paramount in any restaurant. The duty of a commercial refrigerator is to cool all the beverages and hundreds of ingredients adequately, without this function your kitchen will be in complete disarray and even minor technical difficulties can slow down business. To ensure this duty is being fulfilled there needs to be an established maintenance program set out and understood by all employees. This involves cleaning the fridges interior and exterior, the several pieces of commercial refrigeration equipment such as gaskets, filters, drain pans, tubes and gaskets. Additionally, not many owners know that it is essential that the refrigerator is kept dry, the reason why is addressed below.

Full Interior and Exterior Clean (1 – 2 Weeks)

The most common method of cleaning a commercial refrigerator is to clean the interior and exterior. However, many restaurants do not practice this consistently enough. A complete thorough clean of the refrigerator needs to be conducted 1-2 weeks maximum. This means taking everything out and cleaning every shelf and draw with a soft brush with warm water and soap/detergent as well as stainless steel degreaser for the exterior.

Condenser Coil Clean (Every 3 months)

Avoid this essential piece of commercial refrigeration equipment from overheating and failing through remembering to regularly clean it once every 3 months as most manufactures recommend. It is advised to disconnect the refrigerator power before cleaning the condenser coil and to use a bristle brush to remove any dust and/or dirt. A strong vacumm is also recommended to make sure that the coil is free of any particles that may disrupt temperature maintenance in the coil.

Keep the area by the Evaporator Coil clear (Constantly)

It is important that the evaporator coil of the refrigerator is kept clear as warm air it is used to absorb any warm air that finds its way into the refrigerator, keeping the refrigerator cool. Hence, it is important to check that the evaporator is not being blocked by any objects.

Check Door Gaskets (often, should be checked if you notice raises in temperature)

A crack or split in a gasket can prevent a door from sealing shut causing cold air to leave the refrigerator. Replacements for door gaskets can be difficult sort out as the correct refrigerator serial and model number needs to be provided. Routinely clean gaskets to prevent any damage from occurring as grease and dirt can cause issues in the future.

Keep your Commercial Refrigerator Dry (Constantly)

In order to maintain efficient commercial refrigeration spilt water and moisture build ups should not be tolerated. Spillage cleanup needs to be immediate so that no freezing occurs in the refrigerator which can lead to cracks and other damages.