American Services refrigeration maintenance service near Chesterfield knows that commercial refrigeration is considered the center of any food service business and can create major problems for when the unit breaks down because of poor maintenance. While no refrigeration unit lasts forever, there are several things you can do to extend the life of your refrigeration system.
Commercial Refrigerator Cleaning Tips:
NOTE: Insure that your refrigeration unit is unplugged before you begin any cleaning of your unit.
By keeping all of the mechanical parts of your commercial refrigerator wiped clean daily, you are taking the first step to keeping your unit operating efficiently and adding longevity to your system. There are several parts of a unit that should be cleaned regularly with warm soapy water and a cloth, be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly.
The condenser coil location on a unit can vary, located inside or outside, and can be found by checking the owner’s manual or asking the installation technician to point the unit out to you. This part should be cleaned at least once a month to keep it free of dust, dirt and lint. This is a critical component, if not maintenance properly this element could potentially shut your operation down.
Clean the condenser coil with a commercial condenser coil cleaner, which can be purchased at most kitchen equipment retailers. CAUTION Brush the condenser fins from top to bottom and never side to side. Once you have completed cleaning the fins, straighten any bent fins with a comb, this will ensure proper condenser coil performance.
Fan Blades and Motor
Fan blade and motor units on commercial refrigeration systems should be cleaned a minimum of once a month. Using a soft cloth run over both the motor and the fan blades. If it is necessary to wash the blades, cover the motor with another dry cloth so that the moisture does not cause damage to the motor.
Inside Your Unit
It is important to remember not to use any abrasive agents/cloth, steel wool, caustic cleaning chemicals or bleach when cleaning the interior of your refrigerated unit. These products can not only cause damage to the finish of the refrigerator, they can also leave behind strong chemical scents (poisons) that can adversely affect the flavor of the food. Use a solvent of warm water and mild soap to clean the inside of your unit, and be sure to rinse thoroughly.