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Simple Solutions for Refrigeration Problems

Keep Your Cool Year-Round


No one wants to lose their cool — especially when it comes to commercial refrigeration. Pinnacle’s tips on what to look for and how to care for your unit can help prevent a meltdown — both for you and your commercial cooler.

Most failures on refrigeration equipment are due to inadequately servicing the system. As a result, improperly maintained systems cause higher energy prices and lower cooling capability, not to mention a potential loss of product, furthering your expense and adding to your repair headache.

Common cooler and fridge problems can be avoided with a regularly Planned Maintenance program and simple DIY steps in between service calls.

3 Common Causes of Refrigeration Problems & Prevention Tips

When one of your units needs repair it is generally due to one of three issues:

  1. Condensers need to be cleaned carefully with a brush every one-to-three months depending on the location and level of grease in the kitchen. A condenser coil rejects heat from the unit using the fan to cool the refrigerant inside the coil. **A blockage of airflow or a clogged condenser puts stress on the compressor, which can cause premature compressor failure.
  2. Adjusting the thermostat without resolving the primary problem can lead to further damage and possibly a breakdown. The temperature should be set accordingly and not adjusted by anyone except a manager, chef or service technician.
  3. Avoiding torn gaskets will keep the cool air in. The inside unit and door seals should be kept dry and clean of debris on a weekly basis. Ultimately, gaskets and seals require replacement; check the gaskets and seals regularly for possible cracks. **Gaskets are not typically universal and your service technician can properly identify, size and install your custom gaskets.

Seasonal Malfunctions

Ambient temperature affects the operation and efficiency of a fridge.

  • Summertime: ambient temperatures in kitchens can cause units to work VERY hard and potentially burn out. Ensure proper airflow or increase airflow to the condenser with a fan.
  • Wintertime: space heaters may overload circuit breakers and affect equipment if the equipment is not on a dedicated circuit.

Safety Tip

Before attempting any troubleshooting, unplug the unit to avoid the risk of electric shock. Do not use extension cords on any units, for any reason.

Schedule your cooler or refrigerator service call with Pinnacle today.