We’ve all been enjoying this lovely hot weather and sunshine lately, but did you know, refrigeration equipment can experience an adverse effect due to heat causing it to work harder. When refrigeration equipment must work harder, there is more chance of it breaking down and causing you hefty repair bills. Thankfully, there are a few useful tips below to help you look after your equipment during the warmer months.
If you have a domestic or commercial fridge or freezer, then you should try to keep the room temperature as cool as possible and ensure there is good ventilation. If the temperature of the air in the room is too high then the refrigeration system will struggle to get rid of the heat, meaning it will also struggle to keep the temperature inside the unit cool.
Always make sure there is enough space around your equipment to allow for air to freely flow around it. There is an exception to this, which is built-in domestic units as these will have a ventilation grill somewhere that will allow the air to flow freely.
Check your door seals often! These naturally wear over time, so it’s a good idea to check these frequently. Poor fitting seals will allow warm air to enter the unit; the equipment therefore has to work harder and in freezers this can result in ice building up on the internal cooling pipework.
Larger refrigeration systems often possess a separate indoor and outdoor unit. For these systems, you should always ensure that the outdoor unit is not obstructed, and that regular servicing is carried out by a qualified professional.
You should also:
- Minimise the frequency of opening refrigeration equipment during hot weather
- Check the internal evaporator is not blocked by items inside the equipment
- Use cooling equipment to maintain a low and consistent temperature in the room the unit is stored in
Making sure you look after your equipment during the warmer months can help you avoid breakdowns, hefty bills, and business downtime!