Could it be time for some spring cleaning and routine maintenance for the walk-in coolers/freezers, display coolers, or commercial ice machines you utilize in your business? Are there some easy steps you and a licensed professional can take to make your units run more efficiently? Unplanned repairs can cost you profitable days of business, or make you run over budget. Please read on to learn more.
Important Points of Inspection
Professional inspection and maintenance should be performed at least twice a year. It is important to ensure the equipment used by your business is working well to maintain federal food safety standards for products you need to store or display for sale. A few examples of important checkpoints for maintenance include: Making sure that the seals, air shields, and hinges of all doors are operating properly. Drainage lines should be checked and cleared. In addition, refrigerant levels should be determined. High temperature alarms should be inspected to see that they are functioning properly. Also, determine if thermostats or control panels are displaying the accurate temperature for the unit. If not, they may need to be calibrated. It is also vital to check that the unit is defrosting and cycling properly. All moving parts of the evaporator and condenser should be inspected, and often cleaned or oiled. All wiring and electrical connections should be checked for damage to be sure that they are working properly.
Common Issues Decreasing Efficiency
As with any sort of cooling unit, the compressor can often be the first thing to fail. Be sure to keep it free of dust and debris that can make the compressor, and thus the unit as a whole, run inefficiently. This may cut short the operating life of the unit. It is vital that commercial refrigeration used in your business is using energy efficiently to meet the federal requirements for energy use, and to maintain best green business practices. Units that are energy efficient may also help save money for your business in the long run.
To learn more about installing new commercial refrigeration solutions, or to schedule a seasonal maintenance and performance check for your business, please contact the professionals of Expert Air and Refrigeration at (512) 255-6525.