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It’s obvious that your commercial refrigeration system is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your commercial kitchen. As a result, it can be difficult to decide whether to replace the equipment or repair it when something goes wrong. To make it easier for you, here are a few things to consider that will help you make the right decision.
One of the most important factors in deciding whether to replace or repair your walk in cooler is its age. Now, it’s recommended that anything over 10 years old needs to be replaced. Once a walk in cooler reaches the 10-year mark, it no longer works as efficiently as it used to. That’s why buying new equipment will save you time and money. However, if your equipment is having issues and it’s less than 10 years old, you should consider repairing it.
I know what you are thinking, “repairing my commercial refrigerator is going to be costly!” Now, if your refrigerator is breaking down, you should definitely consider calling in for a quote for repairment. When you call in, you simply need to have your model number and serial number ready for faster service. Once you know how much it will cost to repair your commercial equipment, look up the price of a replacement. If the cost of repair is over half the replacement price, go ahead and replace it. If not, find out what needs to be done to get your equipment repaired.
When the refrigerator is quite old and starting to break down, it’s close to impossible to keep the temperature where it should be, which is 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are having issues with the temperature, its recommended you find out which components are affecting the temperature of your refrigerator. If your refrigerator is still not able to maintain its temperature even after you fixed the necessary components on that may have been causing the temperature issues, then it’s time to replace it. It may be best to call out a technician to come out and diagnose your equipment and let you know whether it can be repaired or not. Just make sure you don’t wait too long or else your commercial refrigeration system may give out and your food will go to waste, resulting in hundreds of dollars of loss in food.
Is your monthly electric bill increasing all of a sudden? Your commercial walk in cooler may be the cause. If that is the case, it may be time to replace your refrigerator. You can definitely get repairs done on the equipment, depending on the issue, however, the new energy-efficient commercial refrigeration systems will save you money down the road.
The question is, how regularly has your refrigerator received routine maintenance? If your commercial refrigerator has been receiving regular routine maintenance, then a repair should be enough. However, if that is not the case and your equipment has not been receiving regular maintenance checks, then it’s time for a replacement.
It is ideal to do preventative maintenance monthly and semi-annually to make sure your equipment is solid. You should be checking every month for defrosting in the evaporator coil. Every six months, you must tighten electrical connections, check motors and blades, clean the drain pan, check the control system, check the defrosting controls and insulation, clean the condenser coils and tighten all of the caps and screws to make sure that your equipment stays in tip-top shape. This may seem a bit overwhelming, however, you can call and set up regular maintenance with one of our specialists at RefrigerationAid and we will make sure your commercial refrigeration equipment is in good shape.
You should now have a better understanding of whether to replace or repair your commercial refrigeration equipment. To sum it up, when making the decision, consider the age of your machine, the cost of repair vs replacement, the temperature consistency of your system, the amount of energy and the frequency of your preventative maintenance. Once you’ve checked all these boxes, you can make your decision with confidence.
For regular maintenance or emergency service, call RefrigerationAid. We will help you with all of your commercial refrigeration needs so that you can focus on other things.
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