Tips to Solve Common Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Problems

A commercial kitchen requires refrigeration equipment such as coolers, ice makers, refrigerators and chillers to keep foods from going bad. A faulty fridge can affect your business in terms of food quality; therefore, repairing the equipment can save you future headaches and money. Here are some tips for solving common refrigeration equipment problems in commercial kitchens.

Preventive Maintenance 

Before it comes down to repairing a commercial fridge, you should always think about preventive maintenance because it can save you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. Have a technician inspect the equipment as frequent as possible to identify areas that need repair. During routine inspections, a technician can fix bad electrical connections, replace the refrigerant, and swap worn-out components. Routine maintenance can also identify problem areas early before they escalate into major and costly problems. Preventive care and maintenance also involve the regular cleaning of a refrigerator.

Power Loss Problems 

One primary reason why fridge repair experts receive calls from concerned clients is the failure of the equipment to power up. It is essential to ensure that a power outlet and switch are working properly. Also, ensure that a power cord is correctly plugged in an outlet. A technician should also check to see if the electrical wiring is okay to rule out power supply problems. Most importantly, you need to know if a fridge's electrical connection is the problem or whether the issue lies with power supply. Faulty electrical components must be replaced to prevent electrical hazards and recurrence of the issue.


There are several types of fridge noise, some which you need to be concerned about while others are considered normal. Vibrating noises should be cause for concern since they might indicate a problem with a fridge's alignment. Clanking noise, on the other hand, might point to an aging compressor, clogged water valves, malfunctioning condenser fan and motor, or faulty evaporator fan or motor. A buzzing noise is common in refrigeration equipment that is connected to a running water inlet. The sound is normally heard during the opening and closing of a water valve to dispense water into an ice maker. However, if your equipment is not attached to a water inlet, then the buzzing sound could signify another underlying issue that must be identified and repaired by a qualified technician.

Temperature Regulation 

Commercial refrigeration equipment is designed to keep food cold. However, a fridge might fail to perform optimally because of various reasons. For example, positioning a fridge very close to a wall can affect air circulation leading to poor temperature regulation. Moreover, deterioration of gaskets can cause warm air to penetrate through the doors. Therefore, seals should be replaced immediately. Additionally, blocked vents are likely to affect temperature readings of a refrigeration unit. Finally, a faulty thermostat, which regulates temperature might be another reason why your commercial fridge is not cooling your foods properly. Make sure that a bad thermostat is repaired or replaced for precise temperature regulation.

For more tips on refrigeration repair, reach out to a local appliance repair company.