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Commercial Refrigeration Service

Ensuring the optimal performance of your commercial refrigeration service equipment is paramount. Regularly scheduled maintenance by qualified technicians minimises downtime and optimises energy consumption, ultimately reducing your operating costs.

At Robinsons Facilities Services, our team of REFCOM-certified engineers have decades of experience providing commercial refrigeration servicing to businesses across Yorkshire and the entire UK.

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Alternatively, you can learn more about commercial refrigeration servicing and our approach from our experts below.

Benefits of Servicing Your Commercial Refrigerator

While there is some commercial refrigeration maintenance you can carry out yourself, such as cleaning, it’s a good idea to hire a professional commercial fridge service at regular intervals. This may be as part of a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) schedule within your kitchen.

The benefits of regular servicing include:

  • Catching issues early: By getting your fridge professionally maintained regularly, you’re likely to catch issues before they become more serious and more costly.
  • Energy efficiency: Ensuring your fridge is running efficiently and not wasting electricity.
  • Saving money in the long run: Commercial refrigeration repairs can be expensive, but by having regular servicing, you can avoid these costs.
  • Compliance with food safety standards:  If you store food items in your commercial fridge, then you need to make sure it’s compliant with food safety regulations. A professional service will help to ensure this.
  • Damage control: Checking for potential hazards, such as potentially harmful leaks from your refrigeration system.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing that your commercial refrigerator is in good working order can give you peace of mind and help you focus on other aspects of running your business.

Risks of A Poorly Maintained Chiller or Refrigerator

Commercial fridge maintenance is about reducing risks to customers and staff. A poorly maintained chiller or refrigerator can pose serious risks, including:

  • If food or medicine is not kept at a safe temperature, bacteria can grow and make people very unwell if they consume the substance.
  • An Environmental Health Officer will check food storage as part of their commercial kitchen checks and ratings. If you’re found to have poor hygiene standards, your business could receive a fine or even be shut down.
  • A poorly maintained chiller or refrigerator can lead to a shorter lifespan of the equipment. Regular commercial chiller service and maintenance can help prolong the lifespan.

How Often Do I Need a Commercial Fridge Service?

There should be some consideration about usage here. If you’re considering a commercial chiller service but only use the chiller for cooling sealed drinks that are safe to consume at any temperature, the service might be less pressing.

However, if you’re storing fresh food or medicine, you need to maintain higher standards. We recommend a commercial refrigeration service every 3-6 months to check that your fridge system is in good working order.

How to Maintain a Commercial Fridge

There are plenty of things you can do in between professional servicing to maintain your fridge, keeping track of these tasks with a fridge maintenance schedule. 

  • Check the door seals for dirt or debris and clean them as necessary.
  • Regularly throw away food that is past its “use by” date. This helps keep the fridge clean and also prevents you from serving out-of-date food.
  • Ensure that the temperature is set correctly. This should be between 0 and 5℃ for commercial fridges storing fresh food.
  • Keep an eye on stock levels. If your fridge is always full, this can make it harder to keep the correct temperature.

Proactive maintenance by business owners and their staff coupled with professional refrigeration maintenance will keep your refrigerator functioning at peak efficiency for longer.

What Does a Professional Commercial Refrigerator Service Involve?

When you hire a commercial refrigeration service specialist, they’ll perform a thorough inspection of your commercial chiller or fridge. A typical service includes:

Parts inspection

Checking the quality and sanitation of condenser coils, evaporators, and all other components that come into contact with food.

Temperature testing

The technician will test the refrigerator temperature to ensure it’s operating within the correct range to keep food safe and fresh.

Checking door seals

The technician will inspect the door seals to ensure they’re sealing correctly and not allowing cold air to escape, which can cause the system to work harder and consume more energy.

Electrics check

Checking electrical components such as switches, thermostats, and wiring to ensure they’re functioning correctly and not posing a safety hazard.

Inspecting refrigerant levels

The technician will check the refrigerant levels and pressure to ensure they’re within the manufacturer’s recommended range. Low refrigerant levels can cause the system to work harder and consume more energy, while high levels can damage the compressor.

Comprehensive system check

The technician will perform a comprehensive check of the entire refrigeration system to ensure it’s functioning correctly and not posing any risks to food safety or health.

Commercial Refrigeration Service Yorkshire: Our Services

Our Yorkshire-based team of REFCOM-accredited engineers can advise you on the specific maintenance your system requires, offering fast response times to service your commercial refrigerator across the North of England and UK-wide. 

Our services

Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)

With our most common package, the PPM contract, you’ll gain access to a team of REFCOM-certified engineers to keep your commercial refrigeration system in top working order. 

With year-round professional maintenance, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your refrigeration system is in good hands. 

Let us maintain your commercial fridge while you focus on your core business.

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Reactive-Only Service

Interested in a more “as and when” service? Our experienced engineers are on hand for commercial refrigeration servicing Yorkshire and across the UK.

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Emergency Call Out

We know that things can go wrong at any time, which is why we offer a 24/7/365-hour emergency service. So, if you have a refrigeration emergency, simply give us a call and one of our team will be with you as soon as possible to carry out the necessary repairs.

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Contact Robinsons Facilities Services today for a reliable commercial refrigeration service company operating throughout Yorkshire and UK-wide. 

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Commercial Refrigerator Service FAQs

Commercial refrigeration refers to any cold storage facility in manufacturing units, food stores, and a variety of other commercial settings to keep food or other perishables at the correct temperature.

Commercial refrigerators vary in quality and some can last upwards of 20 years. However, this depends on the build of the refrigeration unit and, crucially, the commercial refrigeration maintenance.

Failure to get a commercial refrigerator serviced can lead to a shorter lifespan. It can also provide you with more frequent problems and costly repairs as well as potential spoilage. Many perishables must be reliably stored at low temperatures.

Generally, preventative maintenance is recommended every 3-6 months. This depends on the type of equipment, usage frequency, and ambient temperature.

Common signs your commercial refrigeration needs servicing include unusual noises coming from the unit, fluctuating temperatures inside the unit, frost buildup on the evaporator coils, increased energy bills, and water leaks around the unit.

While some basic tasks like cleaning condenser coils might be possible, most maintenance requires a qualified technician. Improper procedures can worsen problems and void warranties.

The cost of commercial refrigeration servicing typically ranges from around £100 to £2,000 depending on the level of servicing required. Preventative maintenance packages start from as little as £250+VAT per year, which can prove incredibly cost-effective.

We recommend clearing the area around the unit so our engineers have easy access. Have the equipment model number and any previous service reports available. Finally, inform the technician if you’ve noticed any specific issues.

If you’re looking for a reliable commercial refrigeration service company in the UK, it’s always best to read testimonials from previous customers. Make sure the company has the correct qualifications, in this case, REFCOM-certified engineers. A local company will also understand your unique business needs and offer competitive prices.

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