When we first moved into our home, it was incredible to see how many problems there were. We were always trying to figure out how to fix one thing or another, and it was really discouraging. We realized that we needed to work hard to make sure that our appliances wouldn't just bite the dust when we were least expecting it, so we started thinking about different ways to do things. We started working with an appliance services company that offered fast and efficient service, and they worked wonders on our outdated equipment. Check out this blog for great information on improving your appliance functionality.
Watching a smooth and swanky chef like Gordon Ramsay, most people are led to believe running a restaurant is glamorous and lucrative, but after running one yourself, you know better. The hours are long and laborious, and profits depend on many factors, such as fluctuating cost of goods, sky-rocketing rents, and commercial appliances that are as hungry for electricity as your customers are for your food. If your restaurant refrigeration systems aren't running at peak, they're costing you big time; however, that doesn't necessarily mean it's time to 86 them. With upgraded maintenance and perhaps a call to a professional repair service, you should be able to squeeze a lot more life out of them.
1. Clean The Components As Needed
While you have plenty of other things to keep you busy running the restaurant, it's important that you or someone else carefully clean the accessible components of your commercial refrigerators. Coils and condensers need to be free from dirt and debris to operate at their peak, meaning someone has to crawl behind the machines and get the goop out.
2. Monitor Gasket Conditions
Every gasket on every cooling machine in your restaurant needs to be smooth, free from damage, and sealed tightly. Check on the gaskets on a regular basis, replacing any that are worn-out. Your refrigeration systems will all function better with tightly sealed gaskets that don't allow air to exit or enter the units.
3. Install Automatic Doors On The Walk-in Fridge And Freezers
Doors that (safely) close by themselves will keep more cold air inside your refrigeration units, thereby keeping food longer and lowering utility costs. They'll also reduce some of the wear and tear on the refrigerator motors, hopefully putting off repair or replacement for the business.
4. Switch Your Walk-In Bulbs To LEDs
LED, or light-emitting diode bulbs, function more efficiently in cold and dramatically outlast their archaic incandescent counterparts. In the refrigerated environment, you want a bulb that radiates less heat naturally so you're not offsetting the effects of the cooling system, and that's exactly what LED lighting does.
5. Keep The Air Flowing Around The Refrigeration Units
If any of your refrigerators (or freezers) are tucked into a back corner and the air isn't well-circulated in the area, that space will become warmer, burdening the machines as they work to keep things at a certain temperature. Fans are effective at circulating air and all that wind should help cool off your hardworking employees, too.
6. Add Insulation To The System's Lines
Different tubes carry different fluids, such as the refrigerant moving to the condenser, and if these lines aren't well-insulated, they'll warm up according to the environmental temperatures. That adds to your operating costs and the workload of the machine.
7. Check The Door Heaters Often
The electrical resistance warmer wire in the door of your walk-ins prevents the frames from freezing, along with eliminating sweat problems. If they're not working as diligently as you, major problems might arise, such as employees having difficulty opening doors and/or temperature fluctuations within the walk-ins.
8. Scatter Thermostats Throughout Each Unit
Despite incoming air, the temperature shouldn't increase too much at the door of your walk-in or the opening of smaller units. Place thermostats in strategic places so you can monitor temperatures throughout your machines. If there are any major discrepancies, a professional inspection may be in order. You don't want items like fresh meat to be compromised by rising temps any more than you want the fresh produce to be frozen solid.
If you're having trouble keeping up with refrigeration maintenance in your restaurant, appliances don't seem to be functioning at peak capacity, or your utility bills keep climbing, contact a company that offers commercial refrigeration repair and service. They'll have a good look at your system, diagnose it, and have it running as it should.