Common Problems in Restaurant Refrigeration Systems

20 March 2020

Refrigeration systems are important in restaurants. Since restaurants are required to serve fresh food all the time, they must maintain the freshness and quality of their raw food products and ingredients. Without great refrigeration systems, a restaurant’s food may be plagued with issues that come from their customers and can consequently ruin the reputation of their services.

If you are one of the owners of a restaurant, you must consider assessing the condition of your refrigeration system. After all, refrigeration systems are more prone to acquiring issues and problems since they are used on a day-to-day basis. You’ll never know, some of your commercial refrigeration and other equipment may have already acquired the following problems. 

Temperature Failure

One key factor that you must consider in checking your restaurant refrigeration system is its operating temperature. The operating temperature of your refrigeration system is extremely important as it is the main element that keeps your food products fresh. Once your system loses the ability to maintain the designated temperature, then it might pose a problem in your daily operations. Some issues that may have caused operating temperature failure include leaking problems, malfunctioned compressor, faulty door seals, a manual error, or failing thermostat.

Loud Running Noise

Another factor that you must check and look into your refrigeration systems is their running noise. Whenever your system starts to produce a loud running sound, it would usually mean that there is something wrong with their components. Components like motors, compressors, fans, and other mechanical parts must have encountered serious issues that may affect your system in the future. Ignoring this problem may result in total refrigeration system failure and shutdown. So, before this happens, you must contact your professional mechanic right away to prevent any further damage.

Odd Ice or Frost Growth

Maintaining the temperature of your refrigeration system is essential for daily restaurant operations. However, there are instances where the temperature can affect the system on a whole another level. If you are encountering excessive growth of ice and frost on your system, then it might be the right time to have it checked. It would be still normal if your system accumulates a typical amount of ice and frost. Too much ice and frost, on the other hand, clearly indicate poor air circulation inside your system due to a leaky component.

Failing Transported Machine 

When you buy new equipment, you will immediately notice that its packaging has clear instructions on how to carry and transport them. These instructions are not only helpful during your new purchases, but also when you transport them again in the future. Refrigeration systems that are used for a long time must be transported carefully as some of its components might be detached, disoriented, or even damaged. A refrigeration system that is transported the wrong way can make its lubricant spill out of the compressor and get into the cooling pipes. Additionally, switching on the system right away after being kept lying on its side during the transit can easily damage the compressor.  If ever you encounter these problems with your restaurant refrigeration systems, then it would be best to have them checked with professionals. For services and complete solutions to your refrigeration systems, you can contact us at C&M Coolroom Services. We cater for the full range of commercial and industrial coolrooms, freezer rooms, blast freezers, and controlled environments in restaurants, shops, factories, supermarkets, laboratories, and other preparation premises.

Mark Connelly
C&M Coolroom Services
Mobile: 0412 536 315

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