How to Make Your Commercial Refrigerators Last Longer

Here at Commercial Restaurant Service, we know having properly operating commercial refrigerators is likely an integral part of your establishment’s success. So, it’s a good idea to keep them in great working condition with regular maintenance and cleanings.

In between your regular service visits, here’s what you can do to keep them up and running well.

Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior

Thorough and regular cleanings are a key component of adequately maintaining commercial refrigerators, and really, any restaurant equipment. To properly clean commercial refrigerators, you’ll want to remove and temporarily relocate the contents and scrub the shelves and interior surfaces with a cleaning solution. You should also remove the drawers and shelves and clean inside any crevices that cannot be easily accessed when the interior components are all put back together. Use warm water and vinegar to clean the exterior, and make sure you’re using a stainless steel-friendly degreaser to remove any grease.

Inspect the door gaskets

Splits or cracks in the door gasket of a commercial refrigerator can prevent it from shutting completely. This will allow cooled air to escape the refrigerator, and the contents inside may not stay as cold as they should. Even if your door gaskets aren’t damaged, you should clean them regularly because this will prevent future damage, especially if you operate a particularly greasy kitchen. (Grease and dirt will wear down door gaskets over time.)

Check and replace the air filters often

Grease and dust buildup can prevent proper ventilation, which will decrease the efficiency of commercial refrigerators. If, when you check the air filters in your refrigerators, some are visibly damaged, they will need to be replaced entirely.

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Clean the compressors, condensers, and evaporator coils 

Most commercial refrigerator manufacturers will provide cleaning and degreasing tips for the essential components of your refrigerator, including the condenser coil, evaporator coil, and compressor. If these components get clogged with grime or grease, they won’t maintain the internal temperature of your refrigerator efficiently, and you’ll likely end up with bigger problems down the line. You may also choose to hire a professional, like Commercial Restaurant Service, to clean these parts thoroughly.

Need help maintaining your commercial refrigerators?

The experts at Commercial Restaurant Service can help you make your refrigerators last longer with proper maintenance servicing and parts replacement, as needed. Contact us today for more details or to schedule an appointment.