If you are a restaurant owner or are otherwise involved in a food-related business, you know how important it is to keep your product at a safe temperature. If you have noticed that your refrigeration unit isn't keeping your food cold like it should, you could be wondering if you'll have to replace your unit entirely. Before you do that, consider these three possible reasons why it's not keeping your food as cold as it should be.
1. Your Refrigeration System is Too Small Although your commercial refrigeration system should do well when fully stocked, you can begin to have problems if you store too many items in a too-small unit. If you have to stack the food so high that it is in front of the fan or if the unit is otherwise overstocked, it might be time to invest in a new one. Plus, you have to worry about it being difficult to fully close the door if there are too many items inside, which can cause food not to be completely cold and can run up your electric bill.
2. The Door is Being Left Open Too Much If your employees tend to leave the refrigerator door open when they're bustling in and out, it could cause the food to rise to a higher temperature. Investing in a strip door can be a smart option -- it'll help hold the cold air in while making it easier for employees to get in and out. While you're at it, make sure that the door seals completely by checking the seals and replacing them if necessary.
3. There's a Mechanical Issue If neither of the above-mentioned issues seem to be a problem with your commercial refrigeration system, then there might be a mechanical issue that you don't know about that is causing your unit not to cool properly. You shouldn't panic just yet, however -- there is a chance that it could be something simple, such as a fan or door gasket that needs to be replaced. Have a professional inspect your commercial refrigerator to get to the root of the problem and to have it repaired so that you can keep your food products at safe temperatures.
Since you probably rely on your commercial refrigeration system so much, realizing that it's not functioning as it should be can be really bad news. To get to the bottom of the problem, consider these three potential causes for your issues. For more tips, contact a company like Hy-Point Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Inc.