Commercial Refrigerator Maintenance

Is it important to keep your food and beverages fresh and cold? You bet! The best way to do this is to keep your foodstuff in the Refrigerator! If your Refrigerator breaks down due to poor maintenance, then your kitchen is going to have a huge and costly problem.

WIPE! WIPE! WIPE! Do not allow dirt, grim, and food particles to accumulate on the exterior of machine. Wipe the cabinet with mild soap and water. If stainless steel surfaces become discolored scrub by only rubbing in the direction of the grain finish. Never use steel wool.

Regularly Clean Components! Make sure to unplug the Refrigerator from the electrical source before cleaning.

  1. Condenser & Evaporator: Clean every 30 days with a coil-cleaner solution or mild soap and water. Always scrub with the coils up and down- never side to side, to prevent coil damage. Remove grill for access and vacuum front surface of coil or direct forced air through the condenser from the rear. Use a bristled brush to loosen dirt if necessary. A dirty condenser will cause the Refrigerator to reach high temperatures. Replace coils and fans every 4-6 months for optimal operation.
  2. Condensate Evaporation Pan: Clean periodically to prevent odors and operate efficiently. Vacuum clean if dry or sponge with soapy water.
  3. Fan Blades: Clean fan blades and the fan cover with a de-greaser solution and rinse well when done.
  4. Door Hinges: Hinges can get dry and caked with door causing the doors to not close properly. Clean hinges regularly and lightly lubricate surfaces annually.
  5. Interior Cleaning:  Never use wool, caustic chemicals or bleach. Use a clean sponge and warm water with mild soap.

When in Doubt, Call for Technician Assistance! Have a professional inspect electrical connections and ensure they are tight as loose wires can cause high amperage and increase the amount of energy used by the unit. At least once a year, get a technician to check that drain lines are clear of debris and check that the fan motor is running at optimum speed.

Contact Burkett to discuss options to troubleshoot your issue and get your Commercial Refrigerator back up and running! Burkett Parts Support can be reached at: 1-800-828-8564 ext 299.

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One Response to Commercial Refrigerator Maintenance
  1. commercial refrigerator repair Illinois Reply

    This is a great post & list to keep units running nice & cold & conserve on energy at the same time! We see dirty condensers & units that are boxed in on a daily basis. Most customers call only for emergency service & not preventive maintenance. The old saying is true, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Glad I ran into this on a search. I plan to post this on twitter & will follow @basequipment. We run the account @refrigeration.

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