A commercial refrigerator is an essential piece of equipment if you run a food business and many supermarkets, restaurants and cafes rely on them to keep their produce fresh and hygienic. A faulty refrigerator can cost your business a lot, both in terms of wasted stock and the damage to your reputation if you serve food which carries a hygiene risk.
Commercial refrigerators function in a similar way as our fridges at home, but on a much larger scale. However, they do still have the potential to malfunction and it’s important to sort out any issues as soon as possible to minimise damage to your stock or business. With this in mind, if you notice any of the warning signs below, call a professional as soon as possible for commercial refrigeration repairs.
A change in temperature
If the outside of your refrigerator door feels hot or there’s warm air coming from the inside, this is an obvious sign that something is wrong. Having said that, the temperature doesn’t have to be obviously warm for there to be an issue, it might just not be as cold as usual. Keep an eye on your fridge’s thermostat to ensure it maintains a stable temperature and look out for other warning signs, like condensation on the exterior.
Ice on the exterior
This might seem like a good indication that your fridge is cold enough, but ice on the outside often indicates a problem with the temperature inside. Look out for ice crystals forming on refrigerator doors, evaporator coils or a build up on the interior back wall.
Secure door seals are essential to lock in cold and ensure your produce stays fresh. If your door seals look worn or the door itself is jamming or struggling to close, it’s probably time for a replacement. Commercial fridges are opened and closed far more often than our units at home, so it’s easy for doors to become warped or for seals to wear down.
If your refrigerator is functioning normally then you should be able to hear a low level humming noise. If you notice a squeaking or rattling noise, then this is a good indication that there’s a problem with the circulation fan. You should also be wary if you can’t hear any noise at all, as this might mean that the unit has been disconnected.
If you’ve noticed any of the signs above and are in need of commercial refrigeration maintenance or repairs, get in touch with experts at Mitchell’s. We have experience with a wide range of appliances, including walk-in freezers, restaurant fridges, product display refrigerators, and more. Our engineers will have your equipment back up and running in no time, and if you need a brand new unit, we can install that for you as well. For more information about our refrigeration services, don’t hesitate to give us a call today or visit our website.