Importance of Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance
When was the last time you serviced your commercial refrigeration equipment? Do you have a maintenance schedule? It is know that commercial refrigeration maintenance can extend equipment life by years & save big on electrical consumption but now is the time to ensure your equipment is commissioned and running correctly. The following will highlight the importance of Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance and outline some tips on what you can do to maintain your equipment.
Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance is critical, especially when it comes to Freezers, Coolrooms, Line Coolers and Ice Machines. Refrigeration equipment needs to expel heat with most units doing it through an air cooled condenser coil. This is conducted by drawing air through the coil which then causes debris and dust to form on the condenser coil. If you fail to clean condenser coils regularly you will see an increase in electrical consumption from your equipment which can lead to system component failure. Examples of this can include:
Failed Condenser Fan Motors;
A Restricted Metering Device;
These are all possible but a vast range of other consequences can occur without regular maintenance. Poor maintenance can result in a shorter lifespan of equipment and a increased in electrical consumption. I have compiled a checklist you can perform on your commercial refrigeration equipment to further expand the lifecycle.
1. Inspect the condenser coil on any self contained refrigeration. You normally find the condenser coil covered at the top of bottom of commercial coolers and freezers. Or they can be found at the front right or left of the unit. Removing the cover can be completed with a screwdriver with a Philips head.
2. Ensure you check door seals on your units. Your refrigeration unit works hard to keep cool in a confined space and letting warm kitchen air seep in through spilt gaskets can result in customers with warm beer. Inspect all four sides of door gaskets for tears or ripping and ensure they are sealing properly on all sides. Be sure to keep your gaskets clean from any food scraps or dust that can build up over time.
3. Inspect whether any drain line outlets are visible. You normally find drains located at the back of the cooler unit or in the back on refrigeration units that have a compressor at the bottom. Clear out the end of the drain and ensure the lines of your cooler and freezers are kept clear of any debris. You can do this by inserting a sraw into the drain outlets and blowing air into the straw and into the drain with a firm hold on the straw with a dampish cloth. This will aid in clearing out the drain but you should ensure your refrigeration mechanic does this during maintenance visits.
I recommend checking these three things minimally once a month. I do enforce that having a professional preventative maintenance contract in place will help increase your commercial refrigeration equipment reliance, lifespan & efficiency. West Coast Refrigeration can provide your business with a maintenance plan and ensure your coils and drains are kept clean and ensure your equipment is operating to its best. We will also check the following on our scheduled visits:
Pressure cleaning of all drains;
Pressure clean of condenser coils;
Pressure clean drain lines;
Check door hinges & closers;
Ice Machines dismantled and cleaned;
Inspect unit compressors;
Inspect unit wiring;
Check refrigerant level;
Check oil motors;
Ensure accuracy of your Unit Thermometer;
Provide you with a detailed report on your units including model number, make, serial number and temperature;
Provide you with a list of repairs found.
For quality, reliable and efficient service, installation or repair of your commercial refrigeration equipment, call West Coast Refrigeration Perth today! Contact us on 0417 766 773 or email us on email@example.com