Commercial Refrigeration Safety Guidelines

When you have a commercial refrigeration unit installed, you typically focus on things like the interior capacity, overall size to ensure it fits in your store, restaurant, or supermarket, as well as the efficiency of the unit and how much it costs to operate. However, one thing that you really need to consider is how to keep your unit safely operating.

There are a few safety guidelines that should be followed when you have any type of commercial refrigeration system installed in your business. Not only does following these guidelines increase the longevity and optimise performance, but it also keeps your business safe from potential damage that could be caused by a faulty installation or poor maintenance.

1: Refrigerant within the system is required in order to be able to reach lower temperatures needed to preserve food and prevent it from spoiling. If your refrigerant is low, this indicates that there is a leak somewhere within your system. Instead of simply refilling the system, the leak must be detected and repaired. Failure to do so results in the refrigerant being released into the atmosphere, which is a violation of the Clean Air Act’s regulations and can result in heavy fines.

2: The thermometer and all parts should be kept in working order to maintain the proper temperatures. Temperatures that are too low can result in food that is frozen and spoiled, while higher temperatures can help bacteria breed and spoil everything contained within your unit.

3: If a water leak is detected in any part in your unit, you should have it immediately inspected and repaired, as this can result in standing water that can lead to slips and falls by your employees or customers.

Regular maintenance is a must to ensure complete safety of your product. Faulty wiring can result in failure at best, or at worst, a fire that can damage your property. All electrical components should be checked by a professional every 4 to 6 months at least and if you are in an area where power outages or power spikes are common then having your systems check every 3 months is suggested.

Other important components include the condenser coils, evaporator coils, and drain lines. If any of these components fail, your refrigerator will not maintain its temperature, your energy bills may increase significantly, and you put your whole unit at risk for damage.

Several times a year, a licensed commercial refrigeration professional should fully inspect your unit and should make repairs as needed. While you can certainly take a look at certain components yourself, the more extensive maintenance and repairs should be performed by a licensed and experienced professional.