Refrigerator Maintenance Keeps Customers Healthy
If you own or operate a restaurant or grocery store a commercial refrigerator is essential to your operation. You may have purchased the best equipment for your business needs, but that doesn’t mean it can’t break down if it’s not properly maintained.
There are several consequences for malfunctioning industrial refrigerator units, the most obvious being the loss of product. Think about it: you have thousands of dollars’ worth of products that need to stay cool. Imagine the loss if you have to throw some of it out and restock? It can be devastating.
Beyond that, poor commercial refrigeration can damage your business’ reputation. If someone gets sick from one of your products your brand can take a major hit and it may not recover.
Poorly Maintained Refrigerators Create Health Concern
Improper cooling is the primary cause of foodborne illness. Therefore, products need to be stored at the right temperature. If your refrigerator isn’t working properly, you may unknowingly have a system that’s not cool enough and it can put customers at risk.
Needless to say, this can do major damage to your reputation. Popular food chain Chipotle saw an 82 percent drop in profits from a foodborne illness incident.
A well-maintained refrigeration system can eliminate the risk of contaminated products and ensure adequate temperature.
Loss of Product Means Loss of Customers
There’s nothing more frustrating than a customer going to a store or restaurant and the business doesn’t have what they need. But that may be the case if you have to discard products because your refrigerator went down.
In some cases, you may need to close your business for hours or even days until the units are repaired. In a patron’s eyes, it means your business is unreliable and they may start shopping at your competitors.
Avoiding Emergency Repairs
Relying on emergency service repair can be risky. Between the loss of product, customer risk and cost of repairs, the damages can really add up.
That’s why it’s wise to have regular maintenance of your commercial refrigerator. A service provider can perform regular inspections to check the door closers and hinges, evaporator and condenser coils, refrigerant level, pressure cleaning drain lines, unit thermometer and all electrical connections.
These preventative measures ensure that your unit is operating at optimal levels and can make necessary repairs to avoid emergencies that can damage your business reputation.