When to Repair a Commercial Refrigerator

Perth Air & Power Solutions

Do you run refrigeration units as a core part of your business? If so you may have wondered how often they need checking for maintenance or when they needs repairs. You can never be too careful when it comes to keeping up your commercial refrigeration, especially when you’re working with food. So avoid a potential costly disaster by picking up the signs early that your fridge needs work.


Basic Troubleshooting

If your refrigeration system suddenly switches off, there’s no need to resort to panic immediately. Before calling out the experts, like Perth Air and Power Solutions, for repairs, there’s a few things you can check up on first.

Check Outlets, Connections and Switches

One basic rule that should never be overlooked is checking the power outlet. It’s important to first verify all the power outlets and wiring are working and the units are connected correctly. Make sure all switches are still in the “on” positions.

Check the Temp and Thermostat

If the refrigerator is on, but it does not feel cold inside, check the temperature with a thermometer against the refrigerator’s thermostat. If the temperature does not match up, it could be indicative of a faulty thermostat or blocked vents.

Worn Gaskets

Another issue that can affect cooling is worn gaskets. If the doors of the refrigerator are being constantly opened and closed, it can put pressure on the gaskets. Check the door to ensure it is sealing correctly.


Signs of Commercial Refrigeration Issues


So aside from not cooling correctly or sealing properly, what are the other signs there may be an issue with the unit? Heat is an obvious warning sign. All electronics will produce some degree of heat, but if your unit is producing an excessive amount of heat, there could be a big problem. One reason the refrigerator may be overheating is a buildup of dust on the condenser coils, so make sure to clean them at least once a month.

Electricity Bills

When there are issues affecting your refrigeration units, they will start working overtime to compensate – this means bigger electricity bills. If you notice a sudden spike in your energy bill, without an increase in use, it could be a sign of problems with the unit.


Another warning sign is a leak. Leaks aren’t just a bad sign for your refrigerator, they’re also a safety hazard and can lead to the growth of mould. If you see puddles around your unit it could be time to give us a call.

Spoiled Merchandise

You will want to catch any issues before one of the biggest warning signs: spoiled food! That’s why regular maintenance is always better than waiting until issues occur. Contact us to find out more about our commercial refrigeration maintenance and repair options.



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