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Commercial Refrigeration Problems: DIY Fixes and When To Call In The Pros


For hundreds of years, making use of natural ice was the only means of refrigerating food items. Since shipping ice over long distances was foolhardy and not commercially viable, refrigeration in that era was a highly elementary and regional phenomena. It was in circa 1835, when the first patent was given for a vapor-compression refrigeration cycle. The rest as they say is history.


As time went by, commercial refrigeration underwent major technological changes to bring us where we are in modern-day refrigeration. Contemporary refrigeration employs cutting edge technology. It is not elementary and regional anymore; it is nuanced and global. It is an essential part of the food life cycle.


They say, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’, Similarly, ‘With sophisticated technology, comes sophisticated maintenance measures’. Nobody wants to get caught up with their commercial refrigerator malfunctioning or completely breaking down. This not only harms your work cycle; it takes a toll on your profits and affects your establishment’s reputation.


In this article we will try to empower you with some basic knowledge and DIY techniques (efficient and cost-effective ways) about common commercial refrigerator problems. This in turn, would empower you to make an informed decision on how to address the problem at hand.


Safety First

  • Make sure you turn off and unplug your refrigeration unit before attempting any maintenance or repair.
  • Make sure you do not let any water come in contact with naked wires or electrical components.
  • Make sure you do not nudge or use excessive blunt force on any electrical component, doing this may lead to serious damage to its circuit or to the component itself.
  • If you’re using resources on the internet, make sure you’ve matched the guide manual to the exact make and model of your commercial refrigerator, since there can be many models of the same make.

When in doubt, always call for professional help.


Common DIY Fixes

Issue 1:
Your commercial refrigerator unit is over heating / malfunctioning.

Solutions A:
The compressor tends to be rendered ineffective or overworked if it’s kept near a heat source. This leads to higher power consumption and also decreases the life span of the appliance. As a resolution, when organizing your kitchen, make sure that your commercial refrigerator is not installed near heat sources like the stove, microwave, chimney, dishwasher etc. Keep your unit away from any heat dissipation from external sources.

Issue 2:
Ineffective cooling or inefficient cooling.

Solutions A:
Check your fan. Ensure that there is nothing blocking the fan. If the refrigerator’s fan is not receiving the right amount of airflow, then it will overheat. This can lead to the fan malfunctioning or having a complete break-down. Clean the fan using a damp cloth and make sure you don’t bend it’s fins.


Issue 3:
Your compressor is running too often.


Solutions A:
Check your gaskets. Old gaskets can become cracked and perforated. Compromised gaskets will not be able to keep the air sealed within your commercial refrigerator; this will result in your system working overtime in order to maintain the low temperature.

Solutions B:
Check your condenser coils. Your commercial refrigeration unit can be overworked because of dirt and muck build-up around the condenser coils. Unplug your unit and clean the condenser coils gently with a damp cloth. This will ease the pressure on your compressor.


Issue 4:
Improper drainage, coagulation or blockage in the freezer drain line.

Solutions A:
This is one of the most common problems in commercial refrigeration. The condensate drain line can be found at the back-bottom of commercial refrigerators with a bottom compressor. In case of top mounted compressors, the drain line can be found at the back-top side of the unit. Take a long, thin and flexible cleaning brush. Soften the bristles with cleaning agent. Wrap the bristles with a damp cloth. Now, insert the brush into the drain line and clean it tenderly. You can also use air pumps to clear the lines of any blockage.



If you’ve faced the above problems and the DIY solutions have not worked for you, then it’s time to look at alternate remedies.
Guess what time it is? It’s time to call in the pros!



When To Call In The Pros


You’ve tried the DIY fixes? You’ve looked up the manual of the make and model of your refrigerator, and you still can’t fix the problem? Don’t be disappointed, it’s just not your fault. Contemporary refrigeration solutions are a complex array of electrical appliances. These technical problems that cannot be fixed by a layman.


These problems can only be resolved by highly skilled and trained engineers. These professional technicians specialize in electronics, electricals, compressors, temperature control issues, condenser coils and other parts that consists of a refrigerator. These pros have an in-depth understanding of how to handle refrigeration problems in a safe and cost-efficient way.


Engineers that are on the payroll of the company should be preferred to local technicians as they are trained in the specifics of the model of your machine. Also, these professionals are provided with OEM spare parts of the company. In case of a malfunction that is beyond your control. You should call the customer care number of the makers of your refrigerator and the get the problem fixed.



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