If you are a restaurant owner, you understand the need to maintain your refrigeration equipment. This is especially true of your cool rooms or cool room storage. One way to do this is to give your staff a checklist that needs to be done on a routine basis. This checklist should contain tasks that fall under preventative maintenance. These tasks can alert your staff to issues with the refrigeration units and cool rooms specifically. Here are a few things to ensure are on that list.
Cleaning the Coils
One of the main tasks that your staff should be doing on a routine basis is to clean the coils of the refrigeration unit attached to the cool room. This serves several purposes. The first is to simply clean away any dirt and debris that could coat the coils and make it difficult for the unit to operate properly. During the cleaning process, your staff can perform a basic inspection. This includes checking the blades to ensure nothing is blocking them and checking moisture collection areas to ensure they are not blocked.
Checking the Fans
Though you may have your staff checking the fans during the coil cleaning process, you should also do a few more checks on the fans as well. This may include turning on the system and visually observing the fans. During this step you should check to make sure the fan is turning properly, not lagging, and that you do not hear any odd noises. Smelling the air may also help if the motor of the fan is getting overheated. In some cases, you can smell a burning or similar scent that could lead you to an overheating motor.
Thawing and Cleaning the Unit
As part of a seasonal maintenance routine, you may want to consider thawing out the cool room and thoroughly cleaning the unit. This will help to thaw any ice that has built up in the fans or vents of the unit. It can also help to remove any dirt, debris, or boxes that may be blocking the vents or other areas. During the cleaning process make sure you have the staff wipe down all areas of the cool room including the walls and upper vents. Have them look for any damage, blockages, or listen for any noises that may be out of place.
By ensuring that your staff is performing these tasks and that the tasks are done on a routine basis, you can be alerted to issues. By having an early enough detection of the issues, you can prevent costly repairs or issues that could cause the loss of produce and food within the cool room. If you do find an issue, contact your local refrigeration technician for assistance.
Welcome to my blog which covers a wide range of HVAC topics. I'm Josh and I live in Perth, Australia. I never really used to think about the HVAC system in my home. I believed that when it was hot the HVAC system would cool me down and when it was cold it would warm my house up. However, all that changed one day when the HVAC system went crazy. It began to blow hot air into my house on the warmest day of the year. The contractor I called out said that one of the sensors had broken. He explained how I could better maintain my HVAC system so I decided to start this blog.