Let’s face it, as a restaurant owner, the last thing you need in the middle of a busy service is for your refrigerator to cease functioning. Aside from the inconvenience, it could cost you thousands of dollars in wasted food. While you can’t always determine if and when your cold storage is going to call it a day, you can put measures in place to ensure that your valuable refrigeration units function correctly for as long as possible. Here are some top tips.
Clean it regularly
Cleaning your refrigeration unit is one of the most important things you can do in order to keep your cold storage working to optimum levels. As well as maintaining it to a good hygiene standard, regular cleaning prevents any build up of dust, grime, and food particles which can clog the extraction systems and ventilation areas. Pay particular attention to the door seals as debris can prevent the seal from operating correctly and maintaining the optimum temperature. In addition unplug your fridge unit and clean the fan area. Any debris can cause the fan to have to work harder than it needs to, thus shortening the life span considerably.
Another issue with fridges is that in order for them to function correctly, they need a good circulation of air in and around foods. Therefore when cold storage facilities contain foods that are full to the brim or unevenly positioned, it can result in the fridge having to work harder to cool the food down to the optimum temperature. This again may shorten the life of a commercial fridge unit. Instead think about ensuring all foods are evenly spaced within the areas of the fridge and also ensure that food doesn’t block the main ventilation areas.
Avoid blockages around the fridge unit
Just as fridges need a good circulation of air inside, they also need a free flow of air on the outside, so ensure that there is at least a 30cm gap around the whole circumference of the unit. Make sure it isn’t blocked by boxes, cleaning equipment such as mops and brooms, or general clutter including litter. Remember a fridge that has good circulation is a well functioning fridge.
Ensure minimum or controlled door opening
This mightn’t be particularly easy in the middle of a busy service but try to ensure that the doors of the refrigeration unit are opened only when necessary. If you think about it, every time a door is opened, warmer air rushes in, meaning that the fridge has to work extra hard to keep food cool. When you do have to get food out or put food in, ensure that it’s done quickly with the minimum of fuss and also, make sure that other employees aren’t constantly opening the doors without your knowledge. Improper door handling can be damaging and costly, so try to keep it under control.
Finally, your fridge will work far better when it’s regularly serviced. Okay, so it might cost you a few dollars every few months or so, but that’s got to be better than a facing a huge bill because your unit has ceased to function; all this on top of a restaurant full of disgruntled customers!
At Static Electrics, as well as helping people and businesses along the Sunshine Coast with their electrical needs we also help businesses to maintain their refrigeration needs including industrial cold storage units. So if you’re looking for regular refrigeration maintenance, installation or repair, call us on 07 5455 8305 today