Commercial Refrigeration Repair – Should Your Technician Be Licenced?

If you use a commercial refrigeration unit in the everyday running of your business, you know that at some point you’re going to need to have it repaired. You’re also probably more than aware of just how complicated and irksome it can be when they break down. Not only do you have to worry about the expense involved with fixing your refrigeration unit– you’ll also have the added worry of just how much time and money you’re going to lose while you wait for repairs to be made.

Hiring a licenced technician is the only answer – you’ll be getting someone with the theoretical knowledge, the practical know-how, and the experience necessary to properly repair and maintain a complicated commercial refrigeration unit.

If that hasn’t convinced you, read on to find out more about why only fully licenced technicians should be working on your commercial refrigeration repair job!

Why go with a licenced technician?

You’ve had a little bit of experience fixing your washing machine at home – are fridges really so different? How hard could it be to give fixing it yourself a go? After all, you’re short on time, and you need your fridge to be working immediately.

A commercial refrigeration system is a complex machine, comprised of an intricate set of electrical, mechanical, and gas workings. When something goes wrong with a machine of this calibre, you need a professional with the right training and the right tools for the job.

A licence provides proof to you, the customer, that the technician has been professionally trained, and will be able to provide you with high-quality work. They’ll have the knowledge and the experience to get your fridge up and running again efficiently, with the least amount of down time.

As a business person, this is always a big concern, as all the stock stored within the refrigeration unit could be lost if your commercial fridges are out of action for long. If you don’t spend the money on a qualified professional, you may lose out on money in the long run, as you watch your stock spoil and your business suffer.

This could also be a big worry with institutions like hospitals, where cold storage units are vital to healthy patients and successful operations.

Licenced refrigeration technicians will also have specialised skills, which come in handy in a variety of businesses. From ice machines, display fridges, glycol systems and preparation fridges through to cold rooms, hospital equipment and agricultural products, licenced technicians will have the knowledge and experience to suit any commercial enterprise. Only a licenced technician will have this wide range of skills and the unique way of employing them to problem solve in any setting.

The unlicensed truth

If you choose to go with an unlicensed refrigeration technician or want to try fixing it yourself, you could be risking:

  • subpar maintenance and repair work, which may result in having to call another repair service for more additional services
  • the loss of your stock, or important medical items that may be irretrievable
  • the warranty being voided
  • refrigerant leaking into the atmosphere, which is bad for you, bad for the environment, and terrible for the performance of the system
  • having to buy an entirely new system.

Using unqualified people to fix a commercial refrigeration unit clearly won’t end in a quicker or cheaper solution to the problem – rather a more expensive headache!

Access is key

If an unqualified person tries to repair a commercial refrigerator, they might not have access to the parts necessary to fix it properly. Accredited refrigeration mechanics have nation-wide access to a variety of parts. They sometimes even carry them along to the job, just in case. All the parts they use will be of the highest Australian standard and have Australian warranties. This not only saves time searching for hard to find parts, it makes the process more streamlined and efficient.

Health and safety gone mad!

Qualified refrigeration technicians are fully versed in all things health and safety when it comes to repairing refrigerators. If an unlicensed person attempts to fix it, things can become dangerous. The equipment can be heavy, and electronics are notoriously tricky – electrocuting yourself is a real possibility. Letting a professional deal with the problem is the only way to go.

This is also an issue in terms of your business insurance. In some cases, insurers will not cover incidents where an unlicensed repairer has made changes to an appliance. That could mean a major legal cost or workers’ compensation payouts!

Licence to prevent

As you’re probably aware, many common commercial refrigerator issues can be prevented with regular maintenance. Only a licenced professional can advise you as to the best and most effective maintenance schedule to employ for your particular unit and for your particular business. Good maintenance results in fewer breakdowns, and your fridge lasting for much longer than anticipated. This translates into lower overhead costs for you, in repairs, updates, and energy bills.

If you don’t already have a regular maintenance system, don’t panic – it’s not too late! Contact one of our fully qualified and licenced refrigerator mechanics at ML Refrigeration today to keep your unit’s performance level up where it should be.

You’ll also want our qualified professionals to check on your refrigeration units to ensure they’re running efficiently and performing adequately. Got questions? Give us a call, we’re more than happy to help.

A problem shared is a problem halved

Finally, hiring a licenced technician to repair your refrigerator just makes good business sense. Trying to fix it yourself will only cause you undue stress, worry, and headaches, and sharing the load with someone fully qualified is the only way to go.

Why put yourself through all of that worry and bother when a licenced refrigerator mechanic is only one short phone call away? The stress over getting the fridge up and running to prevent loss of finance and reputation to your business will also be much less when you share the problem with someone in the know.

For more information about commercial refrigerator repair and maintenance, or to book one of our experienced licenced professionals, contact ML Refrigeration today on 0420993233!




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