If your restaurant or food mart store needs to cut back on expenses, you may want to examine your commercial refrigerator. Cold storage units may use up more energy to operate if they’re too old, worn down or in disrepair. These problems can cause your company’s perishable food items to spoil, which also taps into your monthly income. Here are the possible reasons for your commercial refrigerator’s high-energy usage and food spoilage – and the simple steps you can take to solve them.
The Reasons for Your Refrigerator’s High Energy Costs and Spoiled Food
An older commercial refrigerator can cost you considerable money if it spoils your company’s perishable products on a regular basis. The spoilage may happen if the fridge can’t remove heat from the evaporator coil located in the unit’s housing. The heat settles inside the main cooling compartment, which lowers the refrigerator’s temperature. The low temperature can’t keep dairy, meat and vegetables cold enough to ward off bacteria and mold growth.
Sometimes the condenser coil stops receiving heated air from the evaporator coil. This often leads to a buildup of ice at the very back of the unit or on the evaporator coil’s surface. The evaporator may work harder to receive and transfer heat to the fan. As a result, it requires more energy to do so.
Another reason for food loss or spoilage is a broken fan. The fan keeps the commercial refrigerator cold by removing heated air from it. If the fan stops circulating or slows down, dust and dirt can form on the surfaces of the blades. This buildup prevents the heat from leaving the entire refrigerator unit.
You can solve these problems temporarily until you purchase and install a new commercial cold storage unit.
The Temporarily and Immediate Solutions You May Try
There are several solutions you may want to try. But keep in mind that these solutions only work temporarily. You should make every effort to obtain a new commercial refrigerator as soon as possible. In any case, you shouldn’t use the refrigerator for one or two days after it goes bad.
Here’s what you can do in the meantime:
- Place your milk and dairy containers near the top of the unit, where the air may be still cold enough to cool them. These items can grow bacteria quickly because they already contain probiotics and other organisms that make them healthy.
- Move all vegetables and fruits to the middle of the unit. This may help preserve lettuce, tomatoes and other items that spoil quickly when exposed to heated air.
- Place meat items like chicken and turkey on the top of the unit and in large containers of ice. The ice may keep the temperature of the meat low enough to prevent bacteria growth. Also, never remove the meat’s packaging to avoid contaminating other food with blood and bacteria.
You may wish to place buckets of ice inside the unit to help lower the temperature. Placing the ice on the bottom or lowest level may help circulate cool air toward the top of the unit.
If you need more guidance on how to protect your food until your new unit arrives, be sure to contact your appliance specialists, such as Economy Restaurant Supplies, right away. Keeping your energy costs down and protecting your perishable food items may depend on it.