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Refrigerator cleaning and maintenance tips

Your commercial refrigerator is essential to your business, so an unexpected breakdown could cost you serious losses. This is why regular services are essential. However, there are a few maintenance tasks you can do yourself to keep your refrigerator in tip-top condition.

Regularly clean the interior and exterior

Clean your refrigerator after a week or two to avoid build-up. To clean the interior, start by removing all items and place them in a temporary cooler. Using a soft brush, gently scrub the shelves and all other surfaces. A mixture of warm water and soap or vinegar should get the job done. For the exterior of your refrigeration unit, use a soft washcloth and a water and vinegar solution. Avoid using any abrasive sponges and chlorine cleaners.

Check the gaskets

A refrigerator gasket, also known as a door seal, is the flexible elastic strip found on your refrigerator’s outer edge. It is designed to form an air-tight seal that acts as a barrier between cool air in your refrigeration unit and the warmer external environment. A cracked gasket prevents the fridge door from shutting properly, causing cool air to exit the fridge’s interior. Grease build-up on the gaskets can cause them to wear out, so clean them regularly to prevent damage.

Clean the condenser coil

A dirty condenser coil makes it difficult for refrigeration units to maintain their temperature, leading to overheating and even component failure. Most manufacturers recommend cleaning the coil every three months and even provide a cleaning guide in the unit’s manual. To begin, you will need to disconnect power to the unit. Using a stiff bristle brush, scrub off any dust and dirt, and use a hoover to clear it out.

Clean the drain pans and tubes

Commercial refrigerators are more susceptible to sludge and slime. To prevent dirt build-up and blockages in the drain pans and tubes, clean them at least once a month. Use a vinegar solution or warm water and soap to clean the pans and tubes.

For thorough cleaning and maintenance, get a professional HVAC technician. At Brooktech, we offer planned maintenance packages to ensure that your refrigerator runs at optimum condition at all times. Contact us today for more information.

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