It doesn’t matter whether you own a café, a restaurant or a food truck; either way, it is essential to have a functional fridge. This brings us to an important question: what should you do if something goes wrong with the fridge?
Let’s look at four of the most common commercial refrigeration problems and the steps you can take to resolve them.
The fridge isn’t cold enough
If the fridge isn’t cold enough, it could be more expensive to run due to inefficiency; therefore, this issue needs to be resolved quickly. Start by checking that the temperature gauge is correct; if it is, consider the possibility that the fridge is being opened and closed too frequently.
The problem could also be caused by too much food inside the fridge, or the fridge being tilted during installation. If the fridge was recently installed, switch it off for 24 hours and then switch it back on again.
If this doesn’t help, you may need a new catering fridge from a supplier such as www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/catering-equipment.
The fridge is leaking
A fridge leak could be caused by a humid kitchen, so make sure that your kitchen is properly ventilated. A leak could also be caused by uneven flooring, as this can cause the water in the evaporator pan to overflow.
Ice is building up in the fridge
Ice build-up could be caused by the fridge doors being left slightly open, so make sure that everyone shuts the door properly when they have used the fridge. This issue could also be caused by a broken evaporator; if this is the case, you will need to replace the evaporator or even the whole fridge.
The fridge won’t turn on
If the fridge won’t turn on, the first thing you should do is make sure it is plugged in. This may seem obvious, but the cord could have been pulled out slightly. If the cord is fine, make sure the switch is on and check that the outlet in the wall is functional.
If the outlet is working, the problem could be caused be a frayed power cord. You should also make sure that you are not using an extension cord, as this can damage the fridge internally; in fact, it can even void the fridge’s warranty!