Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
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Buying restaurant refrigeration seems simple enough, but there are many factors a smart buyer will consider. In this brief overview of commercial refrigeration equipment we will take a look at some things to keep in mind while shopping: Click "Things to Consider".
Care of Your Refrigeration
The location of your refrigeration system will affect how often you will need to clean it. The higher the volume of equipment like griddles, ranges, fryers and such in the same work space will require you to maintain it more frequently. However to make sure it is working at optimum efficiency it is recommended that you clean the condenser on all of your refrigeration equipment at least once every 30 days.
How to Clean The Condenser
- First make sure you have disconnected the unit from the electrical power.
- Remove the louvered grill.
- Use a vacuum or brush to clean out dirt, lint, paper or other debris from the finned condenser coil.
- If you find a significant amount of dirt build up then you can use compressed air to blow out the condenser. (Caution: Be sure to use protective eye wear to avoid eye injury.)
- Once you are finished cleaning remember to replace the louvered grill as it protects the condenser.
- Finally reconnect the unit to the electrical power.
It is always a good idea to find ways to cut down on the expense and energy needed to keep your foods refrigerated at optimal levels. Here are a few suggestions to help you avoid unduly taxing your refrigeration equipment.
- You can separate various food items depending on how often you need to use them. Store the food items you use frequently together while keeping those you use less often in another refrigerator entirely.
- Label all your items to cut down on the amount of time searching for what is needed while the door is open. The longer your refrigerator is open the more cold air escapes, the more energy needed to bring the temperature back to appropriate levels.
- Do not set the thermostat below the temperature needed. Though it may decrease the freezing or cooling time by doing this even just a fraction, it requires your equipment to use significantly more energy.
- Let any hot items cool before you place them in the refrigerator to reduce the energy needed for the refrigerator to compensate for the heat.
- Refrigeration systems cool better when there is sufficient air flow. Do not store foods where they will block circulation within the refrigerator. Also using several trays will allow air to circulate well over all the product creating a more efficient and even cooling.
- Place you refrigeration equipment as far away from heat sources such as ovens and grills as you possibly can. This will cut down on the energy needed for your refrigerator to do its job.
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