How Do I Know When My Commercial Refrigerator Needs Repairs?
If you’re running a business in the food service industry, you know that your refrigeration equipment is probably the most important investment you have made. Bad refrigeration means not only loss of stock and potential loss of clientele (meaning loss of money) but also health hazards that could very well end with you being shut down. So it pays to monitor your fridges and ensure that they are kept in top order. That requires ensuring that all essential components are checked, maintained and replaced when necessary.
You may be wondering though: “How do I know when my fridges need repairs?” We’ve drawn up a list of the key warning signs that will let you know when it’s time to call out the maintenance technicians.
The Refrigerator is No Longer Keeping Things Cold
This is a deceptive symptom. It could mean that your thermostat needs to be replaced. It could also mean problems with the coils, or a gasket that isn’t sealing properly. In all of these cases, you need to get a technician to take a look. On the other hand, it could just be that your unit is too close to the wall. Free airflow around your fridge is essential to proper function. So first check that the fridge hasn’t been moved or that nothing has been placed near it recently (there should be a clear space of about 75mm on all sides). After that, if it is still not getting cold, it’s probably time to give us a call.
The Back or Sides of the Fridge are Warm
This is actually normal. Refrigeration systems work by moving warm air outwards and away from the refrigeration compartment, which is why you feel that warmth on the outside of the fridge. However, it depends on the temperature. If the heat is extreme and consistent, there is something wrong.
Refrigerant Levels are Running Low
This is most definitely a problem. It means your fridge has sprung a leak somewhere. A technician will need to locate and repair the leak and then recharge the commercial refrigerator with refrigerant.
What’s That Noise?
The low, steady hum of your commercial refrigerator should be barely discernable. If it’s getting loud or making unusual noises, get a professional to take a look immediately.
Aside from being alert for these warning signs, you should also keep an eye on the door gaskets (ensure that they’re not worn and are sealing), wiring (check that it’s intact and always in a safe position), and coils (kept clean and relatively dust-free).
When you know what to look for, tracking your fridge’s maintenance needs becomes relatively easy. Then, when things do go wrong, all you have to do is contact us and we will handle the rest!