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Maintenance Tips For Your Restaurant's Walk-In Refrigerator

by Rita Richardson

Your restaurant's refrigerator is a vital part of your business. If the commercial refrigerator (or "walk-in") doesn't work, food may spoil and you won't be able to serve it to your customers; you'll lose a lot of money. To ensure that the walk-in can continue to chill food for your restaurant, use the following suggestions.

Check the Flow of Air

In a busy restaurant, people stack boxes wherever they can in order to get work done. They might not notice that the boxes are covering vents and fans that the refrigerator requires in order to circulate air and do its job properly. Whenever you pass the walk-in refrigerator, be sure to locate the fans and vents so you can make sure that boxes and other items aren't blocking them.

Reassess Layout of the Kitchen

If you want to protect your walk-in refrigerator, you might also need to reassess the layout of the kitchen. Is the hot stove backed right up against the refrigerator, for instance? If so, the refrigerator's motor has to work much harder to cool down the air and chill the food. This can mean higher utility bills and too much wear and tear on the refrigerator. Look at the layout of the kitchen and see if you can move things around and make changes that will benefit the refrigerator.

Monitor Door Seals

The rubber strips along the doors of the commercial refrigerator work to seal cool air inside and block warmer air from infiltrating the appliance. These strips, also called gaskets or seals, can become worn down and rip as time goes by. If they do, you might think there's a problem with the refrigerator because it is not as cold as it's supposed to be. Inspect the seals periodically to insure they're intact and sealing properly.

Cover Foods That are Acidic

While you might already cover foods and keep some of them in containers, it is especially important that you do so with foods that have acidic content, like pickles and tomatoes. These foods, over time, can cause corrosion of fridge lines if left uncovered. Put them in covered glass jars.

If you and your employees can do some of the things described in this article, you can keep the fridge working the way it's supposed to. Ask a commercial HVAC contractor like Gulf Central Refrigeration to periodically assess the refrigerator and give you advice about what you can do to extend the life of the appliance.