Did you know that energy efficient commercial refrigerators can save businesses a cumulative amount of 9 billion over their lifetime?
So, if your commercial refrigerator is becoming more of a liability than an asset or if you've been paying substantial energy bills lately, it could be time to pull the plug and buy a new one.
If you’re still not sure about this decision, read on to find out five more red flags that signal it’s time to get a new cold storage unit for your business.
1. Inconsistent Temperature
An ideal commercial refrigerator should be able to keep contents between 36 degrees and 38 degrees F. Thus if your unit is struggling to maintain this temperature range, it most probably has a problem.
Faulty door gaskets cause unstable internal temperatures, worn out hinges, or damaged panel joints. As a result, the cold air escapes from the refrigerator, making the compressor work extra hard to maintain a consistent internal temperature. This significantly increases your energy costs.
2. Ice Build-Up
If you open your commercial fridge and notice ice everywhere, it’s probably time to start shopping for a new one. In most cases, this problem is caused by damaged or worn out sealing, which makes water leaks freeze.
Continuous ice build-up in your fridge creates a conducive environment for mold and bacterial growth. This is bad for business, especially if you’re running a restaurant. You’ll also have to deal with health inspection problems and spoiled inventory.
However, sometimes ice build-up may not indicate a serious problem. For instance, leaving your unit’s door improperly closed causes ice to build up. So, be sure to check if the fridge doors are closed properly.
3. The Refrigerator Is Hot
Like most electrical appliances, your commercial refrigerator runs on a motor for optimum functioning.
For a normal fridge, the motor on the back feels warm to the touch. However, if your refrigerator feels too hot to touch, the motor is probably overheating. This problem is associated with malfunctioned condenser coil located at the back or bottom of your commercial refrigerator.
If a fridge repair doesn’t help solve this problem, it’s time you invested in a new unit.
4. Increased Repair Costs
Sure, regular maintenance and repairs can help extend the life of your commercial refrigerator. But, the accumulating repair costs can sometimes exceed the cost of buying a new commercial fridge. Investing in a new refrigerator will not only save you the repair costs but also the high energy bills caused by a faulty unit.
5. Food Is Spoiling Quickly
If you’re running a kitchen restaurant, you’ll need to always have stocked food items. Thus, your refrigerator should not only be spacious but also be capable of keeping your food fresh for longer. If you can’t depend on your unit for this, consider investing in a more efficient refrigerator.
Time to Upgrade Your Commercial Refrigerator
Whether you’re running a restaurant, grocery store, or any other business that depends on cool storage, you need a reliable commercial refrigerator. To ensure that your fridge doesn’t disappoint you, use the above tips to diagnose probable problems.
Having problems with your commercial refrigeration? Contact us today at McNamara Custom Services, Inc. for top-notch services. We have over 35 years of experience serving the good people of Texas.