Maintaining Commercial Refrigeration

6 Steps to Maintaining Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

As a business owner, you know that maintaining commercial refrigeration equipment is essential to keeping your operations running smoothly. But with so many other things to keep track of, it can be easy to let your refrigeration maintenance fall by the wayside.


Here are six steps to help you keep maintaining commercial refrigeration equipment and keep it in top shape:


  1. Keep It Clean

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to keep your refrigeration equipment clean, both inside and out. A build-up of dirt and grime can not only make your equipment less efficient but can also damage them, both of which can lead to costly repairs down the road.

  1. Check the Seals

Over time, the seals on your refrigeration doors can wear down, causing cool air to escape and warm air to enter. This can not only make your equipment less efficient, but it can also cause it to overwork, which can lead to breakdowns. Breakdowns also leave your food products at risk of spoiling because the temperature rises in the fridge, wasting even more money.

  1. Inspect the Gaskets

In addition to checking the seals, it’s also important to inspect the gaskets. If they’re cracked or damaged, they need to be replaced. They work similarly to gaskets, keeping the cool air in. So, make sure they’re inspected and, if need be, replaced.

  1. Monitor the Temperature

You should regularly check the temperature inside your refrigeration unit to make sure it’s staying at the correct level, even if everything about the fridge looks good. Why? If the temperature gets too high, it can cause the food to spoil. If it is too cold, then you might find yourself with cold food products that you need to spend time warming up before using them.

Also, a good reason to check the temperature is to make sure the settings haven’t been changed by accident!

  1. Check the Condenser Coils

The condenser coils need to be checked regularly to make sure they’re clean and free of debris. After all, they’re responsible for cooling down the entire fridge! If they’re not, they won’t be able to properly cool the unit, which can lead to a whole host of problems. For instance, a dirty coil can overwork in an attempt to compensate for its inability to cool the machine, using more power and shortening its lifespan. It is also more likely to break down, leading to expensive repairs.

  1. Have It Serviced Regularly

It’s important to have your commercial refrigeration equipment serviced by a professional on a regular basis, even if your fridge looks perfectly fine. This is because proactive maintenance ensures problems don’t occur in the first place, giving you peace of mind knowing that your fridge is working well. Also, having your fridge serviced allows professionals to identify any potential problems and fix them before they cause major damage.


In conclusion, commercial refrigeration equipment is a very important part of the business. It is very costly to repair and/or replace these refrigeration units. Therefore, it is crucial that you are aware of the six key steps to maintaining commercial refrigeration!

Bay Area Mechanical specializes in maintenance contract work for both industrial and commercial facilities. If you are looking for a chiller mechanic and more, get in touch with us today!


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