Simple Cleaning Tips For Your Commercial Refrigerator or Freezer
- September 15, 2020
A commercial refrigerator or freezer can be quite the investment, and can literally make or break a business or restaurant. If the refrigerator or freezer is up and running with on issues you are good to go, however if there are any problems you and your business can be in trouble. A restaurant without a working walk-in freezer or cooler can mean the restaurant needs to shut down, throw out any perishable foods that could possibly go bad, and pay a certified technician to come in and make any repairs necessary. This can be quite the costly experience. There are ways to ensure that your commercial unit stays in good working order, and one of the most important is actually quite simple - cleaning.
Set up a schedule for regular cleanings of your freezer or refrigeration unit. While this does include cleaning up any dirt or messes, you should also clean the equipment such as the refrigeration unit and the coils. It's a lot easier to clean up a mess or spill as soon as you can after the incident as opposed to a few days later when there is a chance there is staining or even worse, mold. Daily once-over reviews and clean ups of these types of spills can often reduce the great amount of headaches that comes from leaving things a mess. When it comes to cleaning the units try to avoid any harsh chemicals as they can damage and irritate the metal and building materials, leading to issues down the line. Clean out the shelves regularly to remove any old and expired items that are not needed anymore. Set up a schedule to clear out and mop the floors of your unit every few months to clean up any non-visible spills and stains that may have occured, and while doing that you can also inspect for any physical damage to the flooring and walls that may need repairing.
The evaporator and condensing coils should be inspected and cleaned at least twice a year, however it's recommended to at least inspect them every quarter. These are pretty easy to clean with just some soapy water and a bristle brush. What is likely to only take a few minutes of your time can help prevent the evaporator or condensing coils being damaged from overworking due to dust and debris build up. Another good item to add to the same schedule as your evaporator / coil inspection is checking the drain lines. If debris begins to build up in these drain lines it can lead to expensive damage caused by the units being unable to properly remove condensation buildups. Check the drain lines as often as you can, and if you do notice that they are not draining properly you should call in an experienced technician to check and clear out any buildups that can be occuring.
Lastly - always keep an eye on the temperature inside the units. If you notice that the temperature seems off, check the walls and flooring for any visible cracks, as well as check the door gasket seals for any signs of tears or damage. If the unit is unable to maintain a steady tempearture you can risk your items going bad and needed to be thrown out, or even health code violations that can temporarily cause business closures. Keeping up with a regular maintenance schedule not only helps prevent equipment malfunctions, but also helps to prevent uneeded expenses due to emergency repairs. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.