Refrigeration & Cleaning
If you have an industrial refrigeration unit you will have a need to ensure it runs to its best capacity and remains clean and sanitary.
The chances are that your need for a commercial or industrial refrigeration unit centres around the food industry and cleanliness is the most important thing in that.
As well as ensuring your stock is safe and fit for human consumption, the cleanliness of an industrial refrigeration unit can also improve its performance and sell on value. Companies like Inducomm who are refrigeration and air conditioning experts, also buy up used units as long as they are in a fit and serviceable condition.
Health and safety will always be a huge part of the food industry and regular checks should take place to maintain high standards. Keeping refrigerators kept at the right temperatures and keeping them clean will significantly reduce the risk of bacteria growth in or around the unit.
Cleaning an industrial refrigerator isn’t as simple as going in with a scrubbing brush and going to town. With several important components that can be quite fragile you will need to take care. Consulting the manufacturer for the correct cleaning procedure will also help to ensure you do a good job without causing damage to the unit itself.
As you might expect some parts of a refrigeration unit will need more regular cleaning like the external section of the unit including gasket seals, and outside surfaces. Internal shelving, walls, doors and the mechanical components such as the motor, fan blades and condenser coils air vents and honeycombs.
Soap and water should be used to clean the external portion of the unit, using anything stronger could lead to damage and should be avoided.
Cleaning the interior can be trickier because it has a greater amount of sensitive areas. You should always refer to the owner’s manual to locate certain parts and speak to a technician if you are unsure.
The unit should also be unplugged before cleaning the interior parts like condenser coils, fan blades and motors. These individual parts will need some special attention and you should be able to refer to your user manual or check instructional videos online for advice before moving on.
It is important to reiterate that the use of certain cleaning chemicals can damage the units and also compromise the quality of the food stored in the refrigerator after cleaning.
Getting into a regular cleaning routine can be an important factor in the good running and cleanliness of any commercial refrigerator. As an expensive and important part of a business it will benefit you considerably to employ these sanitary tactics when dealing with your own unit.
As we mentioned, if you are unsure about any steps in cleaning your refrigerator then refer to the user’s manual, speak to a technician or get in touch with the manufacturer. Mistakes could lead to damage and a costly repair bill, not to mention the time spent without having your refrigeration unit.