Tips to save you money
- Remove contents and store in another unit, if possible.
- Scrub the shelves with a soft brush / cloth with warm water and a vinegar solution (1 cup white vinegar : 2cups water).
- Rinse drawers in the vinegar solution.
- The vinegar solution will also inhibit the growth of mould and mildew.
- DO NOT use harsh chemicals as you risk contamination.
- Clean exterior with soft brush / cloth and warm water or detergent.
- Remove grease with a baking soda solution or degreasing solution.
- Train a staff member, if possible, to perform cleaning duties regularly.
Acids in foods, such as citrus fruits cause corrosion over time. It’s essential to keep them covered, preferably in a well sealed container.
Here’s a list of highly acidic foods to keep covered:
Aluminium foil is NOT a good option for covering acidic foods – instead use plastic wrap.
Don’t forget to seal tomato sauces and juice lids!
An evaporator has a series of vents which allow cold air to be pumped into the unit. If the vents become blocked or covered, the coil may freeze causing the interior temperature to rise. This can even cause water leaks.
It’s important to avoid overpacking the unit and ensure all staff are trained to keep the vents unobstructed and clear.
There should also be no HOT food placed near the evaporator coil.
An evaporator coil absorbs warm air when it enters the cabinet and is crucial in ensuring the contents remain cool.
The evaporator coil is attached to the evaporator fan, which can get clogged with dust and grime.
Ensure you scrub the fan guards thoroughly with a brush or wipe with a wet cloth to get them clean. Remember to vacuum the excess dust up or it will blow into your over your food when you turn the unit back on!
If your condensing coil gets too dusty, greasy or grimy, the temperature inside your fridge can rise and not only spoil your food, but also damage other parts of the unit, particularly the compressor.
Here’s how to clean it:
- Locate the coil near the condenser
- Turn the unit off
- Scrub the coil with a stiff brush
- Use a vacuum to suck up any remaining dust
- This should be done every few months and no longer than 6 months
Gaskets that don’t seal properly or ones that are cracked won’t allow your fridge to maintain the set temperature. Be sure to check them during your cleaning schedule and fix them immediately. You will need the correct gasket for the make and model of your unit or it won’t fit properly.
Air filters can become blocked easily, particularly if there is a fryer in close proximity. A blocked air filter inhibits ventilation which can damage other components and also ruin your food.
Make sure you clean the air filters and remove any dust or grime by washing or degreasing, as required.
Drain pans in fridges collect sludge and slime and as a result need to be cleaned and emptied regularly or they will begin to smell. Make sure to clean thoroughly with a vinegar solution (1 cup white vinegar : 2 cups water) every few months.
Be sure to check for blockages in your drainage tubes at the same time.
It’s tempting to ignore a professional maintenance program to save money but long term a broken refrigeration unit will cost your business much more.
Regular cleaning and checking of components is essential to avoid expensive, and avoidable repairs. You and your staff can do regular cleaning but there are some tasks that are better left to the professionals.
Impact Refrigeration offers a regular preventative maintenance program tailored to your business, which ensures your equipment is thoroughly cleaned and that the operations are as good as they can possibly be.
You service your car regularly – remember to service your refrigeration!
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