Commercial refrigeration maintenance is your most valuable asset! Hoshizaki commercial reach-in refrigerators are designed for heavy-duty use and perform at a high level for many years. However, a few simple preventive maintenance tasks will help ensure that your reach in the Hoshizaki refrigerator is working effectively and efficiently, saving you time and money!
Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance
Commercial reach-in refrigerators are designed for heavy-duty use and should perform at a high level for many years. However, a few very simple preventative maintenance tasks will help ensure that your reach-in refrigerator is working effectively and efficiently.
- Keep the compressor and coils clean. Keep the compressor and coils clean. The coils are usually black tubes that are packed together on the outside of the refrigerator on the backside. Wipe dust and dirt off the coils and the compressor regularly to maximize life cycle and efficiency.
- Make sure the compressor fan has good airflow. A partially blocked or very dirty compressor fan must work harder to cool the refrigerant in your reach in, shortening its life. Make sure the compressor fan has good airflow. A partially blocked or very dirty compressor fan must work harder to cool the refrigerant in your reach in, shortening its life
- Replace worn door gaskets. All commercial reach-ins have thick self-sealing gaskets on their doors to make sure cold air can't escape from the unit. Over time, these gaskets wear out and lose their effectiveness. A good indication your door gaskets need replacing is the constant presence of frost on shelves and food products.
You can keep your cost down by doing some routine checks. The following is a list of tasks you can perform to help extend the life of your commercial refrigeration equipment.
- Visually inspect the condenser coil on self-contained refrigeration. Often the condenser coil is behind a cover at the top or bottom of commercial coolers & freezers. Condenser coils can also be located at the front right or left of a unit & also at the back of a unit.
- Check door seals (gaskets). Your refrigeration unit has worked hard enough to cool the conditioned space. Don’t let warm kitchen air seep in through torn or split gaskets. Slowly inspect all four sides of door gaskets for rips or tears. Make sure the gasket actually seals well on all four sides. Gently clean gaskets with mild soapy water to remove food debris
- Check any drain line outlet visible. Usually, condensate drains are located at the base of coolers in the back of refrigeration units that have the compressor on the bottom. On units that have top-mounted compressors, the drain may also be located at the top of the unit. Clear end of drain. The following is a tip on how to keep cooler & freezer drain lines clear. You may insert a straw into drain outlet. Wrap a damp cloth around where the straw goes into the drain. Blow air into the straw & up into the drain while firmly holding a straw in the drain with a damp cloth. This will help clear restrictions. The drain should also be blown out by a contractor a few times a year.
The following is a comprehensive list of the types of things that should be checked & serviced during a contractor preventative maintenance visit.
- Pressure cleaning of all air-cooled condenser coils
- Pressure cleaning of all drains
- Temperature check
- Cycling check
- Refrigerant level check
- Inspection of door gaskets/seals
- Inspection of hinges & or automatic door closers
- Oil motors or bearings when oil ports exist
- Check unit thermometer for accuracy
- Check unit insulation
- Inspect unit wiring
- Inspect unit compressor
- A detailed report on each unit along with make, model, serial number & temperature
- A detailed list of repairs found to be needed
Professional maintenance of equipment a minimum of twice a year is the best way to increase equipment reliability, longevity & efficiency. Contact Whiteswarehouse.net for the best sales and service of reach-in refrigeration in North Carolina!