Restaurant Refrigerator Stopped Working? What to Do and Who to Call

There’s no worse feeling than discovering that your refrigerator stopped working. A poor functioning fridge could cause a significant interruption to business operations. It could also cost you hundreds of dollars in spoiled food.

Proper maintenance of your refrigerator is an essential part of running a food service business. Keep reading to find out what do to when your refrigerator stops working.

Refrigerator Not Turning On?

If you find that your refrigerator stopped working, there are a few things to check before you call a repair technician.

First, make sure that the power switch is switched on. Next, check to see if the power cord is plugged into the outlet correctly.

If you’re using an extension cord to connect the power cord, check to see if the extension cord is plugged in.

You can even use a voltage detector to see if the outlet is working correctly. Also, you should never use an extension cord to power your commercial refrigerator. Doing this will void the warranty.

Fridge Not Getting Cool Enough?

Making sure your commercial refrigerator is cold enough is vital for ensuring the safety of your customers. If you’re having temperature issues with your fridge here are some troubleshooting tips:

Check to see if your refrigerator’s temperature gauge is correct. If it’s not, consult with the manufacturer of your fridge to see how to repair it.

If the unit is newly installed, it may have been tilted. Refrigerators must be placed slighted away from the wall for air to circulate.

Some commercial refrigerator gaskets get burnt out from constant opening and closings. If you think this may be the cause of the temperature issues, call a repair technician.

If the refrigerator door is not closed correctly, this could cause cooling issues. So ensure that the door completely closes and seals shut.

Environmental factors also contribute to cooling issues. If the kitchen is too hot or if the unit is in direct sunlight, this could cause it not to cool properly. Try rearranging the kitchen so that it isn’t near direct sunlight or hot equipment.

Is your commercial refrigerator too packed with food? If so, this could be the reason for the reduced temperature. Too many items in the fridge prevent air from circulating.

Additional Refrigerator Troubleshooting Tips

Also, you may discover that the temperature gauge is giving off an entirely incorrect reading. If this is the case, replacing or repairing it is simple. Additionally, a blocked vent may also cause a faulty gauge.

If your refrigerator stopped working suddenly, the compressor might need cleaning. Your compressor fan is used to keep food chilled. Things like dirt, hair, grease, and debris build-up over time and prevent the compressor fan from working correctly. Ideally, it should be cleaned every 90 days.

Has Your Commercial Refrigerator Stopped Working?

If your refrigerator stopped working, don’t panic! The issue is usually easy to pinpoint and address.

For problems that can’t be easily solved, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a quote.

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