Today’s refrigeration blog is about longevity and safety of your refrigeration systems, To get the most out of your refrigeration systems always have designated areas for each piece of equipment and select the proper size, temperature range and heat load for the product your looking to refrigerate in that area.
A cooler is not just a cooler and a freezer is not just a freezer; there are thousands of different styles and load rating and temperature selections, properly selecting the correct unit for your specific needs can be detrimental to the performance and longevity of your refrigeration systems.
The key to refrigeration longevity is cleanliness and preventive maintenance. In a commercial application it is strongly recommended to perform quarterly maintenance on all of your refrigeration, this will keep your equipment clean and running efficiently. Combined with daily monitoring of temperature and regular maintenance, you will uncover repair issues before they become larger more and expensive repairs, minimizing equipment down time.
Finally, and, maybe most importantly, is always try to keep safety in mind when dealing with your refrigeration equipment. One of the most common mistakes with refrigeration equipment is the power supply. All too often there areunits plugged into extension cords and power strips. Most of the time, the outlets are overloaded with other equipment. This is a big NO, NO! Refrigeration units run a very high amp draw and are intended to be on a dedicated outlet or power source and the power cords they are supplied with are the maximum length per the engineered specs of the manufacturer. By running units or multiple units on cords or power strips it’s not only affecting the performance of your equipment, but it is putting it at risk for electrical shock or worse, the possibility of starting a fire. Also, always keep your equipment, as well as the area around your equipment, free of water, ice, grease and other debris. This will help keep equipment in the best shape as possible and keep your employees and patrons safe.