American Services restaurant equipment installation and repair in St. Louis knows that if you plan to save on costs for equipment for your restaurant, buying a used commercial refrigerator is a great idea. However you need to exercise caution and thoroughly inspect any commercial refrigeration unit you intend to buy because parts and repairs on a worn out unit can end up costing you more money in the long run.
Based on experience there are a few purchasing tips when shopping for a used commercial refrigerators, because there’s no real guarantee how long it will continue to be in working order. However there are a few things you can do to make sure you purchase the best possible pre-owned commercial refrigeration unit.
– Thoroughly inspect the unit.
When looking for a used commercial refrigerator it is best to physically inspect the unit yourself, so this means online shopping is out. You’ll want to check everything inside and out for excessive wear and tear. Special attention should be paid to the door gaskets an evaporator fins. A cracked or dried out door gasket will need to be replaced immediately. Upon inspection if the evaporator fins are bent, you can expect your machine to suffer decreased performance.
– Look for signs of mold for corrosion.
Check the frame and doors or anything else that is metal for signs of corrosion which indicates poor maintenance. If you are physically inspecting the unit smell the inside. If it smells musty or moldy do not purchase this used commercial refrigerator, because the musty smell can affect the flavor of your food.
– Call the manufacturer with any questions.
If you have any questions about the performance of the unit, it is best to call the manufacturer because they can give you an idea of what might be going wrong and how much repairs can potentially cost.