When Is The Best Time To Replace A Commercial Refrigerator?
If you work in the food service industry, you know how important it is to maintain the tools and appliances in your kitchen. Out of all of them, your commercial refrigerator is probably one of the most essential appliances. Although your commercial fridge can last up to twenty years with proper care and maintenance, it will still accumulate wear and tear over years of heavy usage. In such a case, it is best to replace your fridge with a new one to prevent the quality of your food from being affected.
Here are some signs you should take as a cue to replace your fridge.
Your Refrigerator is Leaking
There are many reasons why a fridge could be leaking. Sometimes, the solution is just as simple as replacing the door seal. Other times, a clog in the drainage hose or a full evaporator pan could be the cause. However, if there is no issue if any of these parts, the problem is likely the fridge itself.
Food Items Spoil Faster
If you find that the meat and vegetables in your fridge are turning bad faster than usual, it is likely that the temperature of your fridge is fluctuating. This is because such food items don’t keep well in inconsistent conditions. If a bad smell hits you when you open the fridge, it is another sign that there is an issue with the temperature of your fridge. You should also be worried of you don’t hear a humming noise coming from your fridge as that sound usually indicates that it is working properly.
The Energy Bill is more Expensive
Old fridges that have experienced a lot of wear and tear tend to have damaged panel joints and run-down hinges that allow cold air to escape from your fridge. To offset this, the compressor of your fridge will be forced to work harder. Unfortunately, this means that the internal temperature of your fridge will fluctuate and your energy bill will be more expensive.
Your Refrigerator feels Hot
It is normal for the back unit of a fridge to feel warm. However, if it is hot to the touch, it is a strong indicator that there is a problem. It is likely that the condenser coils of your fridge are dirty, causing the motor to overcompensate and overheat. When this happened, your fridge may be close to breaking down.
Your Refrigerator is Noisy
If your commercial fridge is making noise outside from the usual refrigerator noises, there may be an issue with it. The best thing to do is to check the fan and clean away any debris or dirt that may be blocking it and then turn off the power supply.
Repair Costs are too Expensive
If your commercial fridge is more than ten years old, it is advisable that you monitor its repair costs and energy usage. If the cost of repairs is more than half the cost of a new unit, it is a better investment to just buy a new fridge.