You have heard the saying “Take care of the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”. In today’s competitive hospitality landscape, it is important that your dollar goes further.
Looking after your commercial refrigeration or hospitality equipment will mean that over the lifecycle of the equipment, you will save money. That statement is very true, however there are far greater upsides to equipment maintenance than simply ensuring you’re not hit with a hefty repair bill owed to neglect.
It is an exciting time when you purchase new commercial equipment for your business, and it is all too easy for maintenance to become an afterthought. However, the downside to neglecting maintenance is potential down time in trading, costly repair bills and loss of product.
The benefits seen with regular upkeep and maintenance of equipment are overall lower energy consumption, longer life of stored goods, and increasing the lifetime of the equipment.
Bromic have compiled, with the help of our expert technicians; the ideal maintenance tips and strategies, to keep your refrigeration equipment working harder for you.
Firstly, you should have a regular maintenance schedule which outlines Weekly, Monthly and Half-Yearly Cleaning Programs.
We recommend that all staff are trained and able to complete all cleaning and maintenance tasks within your weekly and monthly task list. This simply ensures when it comes time to execute your cleaning roles, it isn’t missed due to the assigned cleaner being absent or unable to complete the tasks at that scheduled time.
We recommend that a Refrigeration Technician completes your half yearly maintenance check and service.
Weekly and Monthly Cleaning tasks that can be completed by yourself or trained staff are listed below:
1. Keep your equipment in Optimum Operating Areas
2. Clean the Exterior and Interior
3. Clean your Condenser Coil
Place your equipment in the optimum area
The key to the successful operation of any refrigeration system is ensuring the environment it operates in meets the manufacturers guidelines around suitable operating temperatures, humidity and airflow.
Careful consideration should be taken to where your unit “breathes” to select a position that will not inhibit the intake or exhausting of warm air and best suits the bottom, top or side mounted position of your unit’s refrigeration system.
Other factors such as direct sun light on glass doors units or strong drafts around open displays may also lead to units not performing their best.
For information most relevant to your machine refer to your operator’s manual.
Clean the Exterior and Interior
In today’s age, the requirement to ensure that all external surfaces are thoroughly and regularly cleaned is of upmost importance. All surfaces must be sanitized to ensure food safety standards are met and upheld.
Cleaning the interior is imperative and should be a weekly task that a trained staff member completes.
The number one threat that compromises the food safety of the interior of your refrigeration equipment is mould.
Once you have mould, you must act quickly. We suggest at this stage, you either call in a professional cleaner who will mitigate the issue immediately, and advise the necessary steps towards eliminating the mould for good or you carry out a deep clean of the entire unit, utilising a cleaning agent that’s been specifically created to reduce and eliminate mould and mildew.
A home remedy that can be created is done so by mixing white wine vinegar with warm water.
*use a single cup of vinegar for every 2 cups of water
Apply to the surfaces for a few minutes before wiping away with warm water. You want to do this every month at the very minimum.
Note, some cleaning products are not suitable for all surfaces.
Stainless Steel is a surface that can easily become damaged if the incorrect cleaning agent is applied. When it comes to your half-yearly maintenance inspections and servicing, we recommend the following is completed by a qualified commercial refrigeration technician.
4. Check Gaskets & Seals
5. Check and clean air filters and condensers
6. Flushing of drainpipes
Gaskets and Seals
Door gaskets and seals play a vital role in the efficiency and reduction of running costs by keeping the cool air in and warm air out. Ensure that your seals are not broken, are clear of dirt, debris and any built up elements. Even the smallest breach of these gaskets can lead to a large decrease in your unit’s performance as well as creating areas of temperature spikes.
Condenser & Filters
Cleaning the condenser coil is as simple as disconnecting the power and giving it a brush with a stiff bristled brush. Use a vacuum or air compressor to dislodge any further debris. Where air filters have been provided or condensers are within reach, we recommend a monthly cleaning cycle. For units where the condenser coils are located in difficult areas to reach, we strongly suggest engaging a Technician.
Dusty or dirty condenser coils may lead to overheating, adding cost to your monthly bill or leading to failure in your equipment.
Grease and dust from deep-fryers and other cooking equipment can affect the efficiency of your commercial fridge’s air filters. A build-up can prevent the unit from ventilating correctly.
A technician will remove any dust or debris with a vacuum and use a degreasing solution to eliminate any thick grease that has built up over time.
In the unfortunate situation that your unit does incur a failure, it isn’t the end of the road for you. If you are a Bromic Refrigeration Customer, your equipment is covered under warranty and we also offer an exclusive and market leading repair and maintenance service – Bromic Extra Care.
We understand that equipment malfunction or down time can have a serious impact on your business!
Extra Care is more than just a warranty, its complete peace of mind!
Offering a one-stop turnkey support service from Bromic’s Expert team of Engineers and Technicians.
Majority of issues can be resolved with a simple phone call to the service line. One of our on-demand service representatives is ready to take your call and aid you in getting your Bromic equipment up and going as quickly as within 4 hours*
For those larger service calls that require a technician, we provide 2 levels of service based on the Priority.
*4 Hour Service call is for Priority A Service Levels, where the equipment has malfunctioned and poses a safety risk.
Please refer to our site for full details on Bromic’s Extra Care Warranty Service.