Regardless of whether you have recently purchased a commercial refrigeration system for a restaurant, cafeteria, grocery store, or other type of business, it is important that you familiarize yourself with a few things that you can do to keep the system running smoothly and efficiently. Here are three things that you can do to help keep your refrigeration system in tip-top shape after installation and help to minimize the need for commercial refrigeration repair.
Install Energy-Efficient Controls on the Refrigeration System
There are many ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your restaurant, and one way is with your commercial refrigeration system. There are several ways that you can improve your commercial refrigeration system's efficiency. One way is to install an anti-sweat heater control. This control will monitor the refrigeration system and ensure that the anti-sweat heaters only switch on when necessary. Without this control, the heaters run continuously. Another way to save energy is to install motion sensors for your refrigeration system's lighting so that the lights only come on when necessary.
Give the System Adequate Space
Many individuals who are new to owning commercial refrigeration systems will place them right up against a wall. They will also often place other equipment right next to the refrigeration system. However, it is important that these refrigeration systems have ample space all around them in order to breathe; otherwise, they may not function properly due to lack of adequate air flow. When there is not sufficient air flow, the system must work harder (similar to a home's HVAC system), leading to an increase in energy bills and premature wear and tear on the refrigeration system.
Regularly Clean the Coils of the Refrigeration System
In a busy kitchen or other high-trafficked space, it doesn't take long for dirt, dust, food particles, and other debris to collect. To ensure that your commercial refrigeration system continues to perform well long after its initial installation, it is important that you regularly inspect and clean the system. You want to pay special attention to the back of the system where the coils are located. Before cleaning the coils, you will need to unplug the system. To get to the coils, you will usually need to remove a grate. To clean the coils, use a stiff brush, then vacuum any dust and debris from the coils and surrounding area. Once done, reattach the grate and plug the system back in.
If you run into any problems with your commercial refrigeration system, don't hesitate to contact a professional commercial refrigeration service in your area.