Commercial Refrigeration Problems and Solutions


Here are some of the most common problems that occur with commercial refrigeration equipment:

  • The food isn’t cold enough. One common problem that occurs with commercial refrigeration equipment is temperatures not being cold enough. When the temperature in a piece of equipment isn’t cold enough, then food is more likely to spoil, causing the spread of harmful bacteria and unpleasant odors.
  • Fans are in need of repair. Broken and clogged fans are another common malfunction. When a fan isn’t functioning properly on your refrigeration equipment, proper air ventilation and temperature control become difficult and can keep your food from staying as cold as it needs to be.
  • Thermostats are tracking temperatures incorrectly. Malfunctioning thermostats can cause food to spoil since they regulate temperatures in any piece of equipment. If they are off, the actual temperature may be too high, spoiling food.
  • The compressor is broken. A broken compressor can greatly affect the constancy of temperature control in commercial refrigeration equipment and cause more complications later on if not caught in time.
  • Refrigeration coils are worn out. Coils can become problematic when dirty or frozen and often become damaged when the temperature is not being properly regulated in a piece of commercial refrigeration equipment.

Pointers for Preventing Problems

You can prevent many minor problems that occur in commercial refrigeration equipment. By checking every part of your refrigeration equipment for consistent functioning, you can prevent many malfunctions that could cost you a lot of time and money. Here are some additional tips:

  • Perform routine maintenance. Schedule times for a qualified commercial refrigeration technician to inspect your equipment. The more you use your refrigeration equipment, the more frequently you should have someone inspect it.
  • Clean equipment regularly. Cleaning your refrigeration equipment helps it run more efficiently. It also reduces wear and tear. When cleaning, you may see problems with your freezer and cooler you could otherwise miss.
  • Replace worn parts promptly. If you find a worn or outdated part while cleaning or during maintenance checks, it is best to replace it right away. You may forget and then have a complete refrigeration break down at the most inconvenient time.

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