6 Industrial Refrigeration System Maintenance Tips | Did you know that adding a commercial refrigeration system can cost between $1,600-$12,000+ (depending on the size)? If your business has an industrial refrigeration system it is important to maintain it in order to avoid unexpected repairs. We have put together this short guide to share some important maintenance tips for your industrial refrigeration system.
Keep reading to learn how you can incorporate some preventative maintenance into your daily or weekly routine.
- Clean Your Refrigerator
It is important to clean the interior and exterior of your commercial refrigerator. Use a soft brush or a soft cloth to clean the condensing units because if the coils are ever blocked by debris they will not cool the unit as efficiently. Cleaning the coils and condensing units every six months should keep the refrigerator from breaking down.
You also want to make sure that your equipment is able to pass a PSM compliance audit.
- Keep the Shelf Dry
Although commercial refrigeration units contain moisture you do not want to let any liquid wander freely inside the system because it can cause chaos. Too much moisture in the system can lead to the commercial refrigerator breaking down. Take the time to check the shelves regularly and keep them dry.
Keeping the shelves dry will also prevent mold from accumulating and spreading.
- Clean Fan Blades
Once per month take the time to clean the fan blades. If the blades are dirty this will force the fan motors to work twice as hard to get the blades to rotate. Also, check the screws to make sure they are tight and inspect the condition of the blades every time you are cleaning them to ensure they are not chipped, cracked, or broken.
- Clean Heat Exchangers
Once a month take the time to inspect and clean the heat exchangers. If the coils become full of dirt and grime this will interfere with the heat transfer from the system and will make the entire unit work double-time.
- Funny Noises
Take the time to listen for any funny noises or loud vibrations. Any rattling sounds or vibrations are a sign that something might be loose or that there is a piece that is broken. By inspecting for noises you can detect problems before they become a bigger issue.
- Defrost the Unit
The key to defrosting the entire refrigeration system is to only defrost it as recommended by the manufacturer. If you do it more often it will make the unit work harder. The harder it works the more energy the unit will consume.
Feeling Like an Industrial Refrigeration System Maintenance Pro?
We hope that now that you have our top tips to maintain your industrial refrigeration system, you are feeling confident in what to do to prolong the lifespan of your unit.
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