Signs your refrigeration needs repair

3 mins read Commercial refrigeration

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Your commercial or industrial refrigeration units are supposed to work for you, not have you work for them. If they aren’t performing optimally, or worse, are broken down, then you could lose business, stock and credibility. Repairing a broken unit is not as costly as the damage that can be done from not doing anything. Let us analyse some signs that will signal whether your refrigerator is performing at its peak.


1) Failing thermostat

This point probably seems obvious. The purpose of a fridge is to keep things cool and at a safe temperature. If your unit struggles to maintain adequate cooling or fails to do so altogether, then there is something wrong.

Restaurants and food storage companies have regulated temperature requirements that if neglected, could shut down their business. Food and product safety is key – and just because your fridge is blowing cool air does not mean that it is cold enough. You can test the temperature by using a calibrated thermometer.

2) Weird noises

All machinery produce some sort of noise, especially industrial refrigeration systems. But some noises are expected while others are warning signs. If any new noises develop whilst using your unit and they are recurring, pay attention to them. Excessive ticking, metal clanging or growling type noises are not typical and should be treated with caution. The earlier you spot and have an expert look at the issue, the better. Because some noises can lead to blown out motors or complete shutdowns.

3) Mould / Smells

In some instances, especially with commercial refrigeration, food spoils and can cause mould. This is fairly normal and can be eliminated. But sometimes the mould lingers and spreads through the actual fridge itself. This should be dealt with right away as it is a health hazard.

Mould or foul smells that linger even after the interior has been cleaned may be a result of issues within the panels or vents. Having a trusted commercial refrigeration repair team to inspect your system will help you rid the curse of mould or any bad smells.

4) Too much condensation

Condensation is normal, as the fridge is keeping the inside colder than the outside. But if condensation becomes excessive or perhaps water begins to accumulate on the floor, then this is a problem. Not only is this a safety hazard, but this is a sign that your fridge is not running optimally as well. The seals may need replacing or perhaps the venting system is failing. Either way, having a professional remedy the problem as soon as possible is vital.

5) Ice build-up

At some point, you may have the opposite problem to a fridge that’s not keeping things cool enough. There can be times when refrigeration units overwork and cause the interior to ice over. This can be annoying as we may need to use produce or items but cannot because they have to thaw out first. This is a problem and it may be an indicator for future issues. It is also a waste of energy and it overworks your unit which may potentially lead to breakdowns.

If you are experiencing any of these signs or perhaps you want to perform a routine commercial or industrial refrigeration check-up, then contact JD Refrigeration. We know all things fridge and can carry out repairs, maintenance or even design and install new units. Call and speak to one of our friendly staff today at 0404 840 296.

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