When you’re in the hospitality or health industry and your refrigeration unit goes on the blink it can be a nightmare. If your product and reputation is at risk, it can be very tempting to rush in and attempt your own commercial refrigeration repair.
You’re handy on the tools, love DIY, and have owned your fridge for a while now. How hard could it be to do your own refrigeration repair?
As difficult as it can be when tensions are rising, it’s important to keep your (and your refrigerator’s) cool and leave commercial refrigeration repair to the experts.
Here’s five reasons why you should hire a commercial refrigeration professional.
Accredited and expertly trained
Commercial refrigeration professionals are armed with the required industry licenses and accreditation to expertly repair refrigeration units. With extensive training and experience behind them, they can not only quickly diagnose and fix your refrigeration unit, but they can do it safely, efficiently and cost effectively.
You may think your frosty fridge woes are a quick fix, but there could be deeper issues at play. Refrigeration professionals have seen it all before and know what to look for. They will provide a comprehensive service to ensure your unit is running at its optimum and ensure there are no nasty surprises that could potentially cost you more time and money down the track.
Refrigeration experts know that refrigeration units are a hefty investment and how costly it can be to have an ill-performing fridge. They can give you confidence that your unit is running at its highest level to keep costs low, your business ticking over, and your reputation intact.
Save time and money
Think you’ll save time and money giving your refrigeration unit a quick fix? It looks like it’s just a dodgy fridge seal that’s hiking up the electricity bill and leaving your product a little warmer than it should be, right?
Failure to correctly diagnose and fix your refrigeration issues could result in greater costs and issues in the long run. You might think you’re contending with a faulty fridge seal, but an issue not visible to the untrained eye could be the root of the problem.
Fiddling around with your fridge and investing in unnecessary parts in an attempt to band aid a problem, doesn’t make sense. Don’t try to cut corners or do it yourself. When you hire a refrigeration expert, you can rest assured they will perform your refrigeration repairs as quickly, thoroughly and cost-effectively as possible.
Access to the right parts
Don’t waste time ringing around trying to find the right parts to fix your refrigeration unit. Commercial refrigeration mechanics have access to a wide range of parts. Better yet, they carry the parts with them to ensure repairs can be done quickly, or in an emergency. ML Refrigeration mechanics use Australian-made parts under Australian warranties, tested to Australian standards. You will not only be guaranteed a quick repair, but one that is done to last.
Refrigeration health and safety
Do it yourself can be dangerous, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. You might think you can save a few dollars having a go yourself, but when you’re dealing with refrigeration and electrical parts, it’s just not worth the risk.
Commercial refrigeration mechanics are professionally trained in commercial refrigeration repair health and safety. They know the dos and don’ts of ensuring the safety of themselves and those around them. Don’t make a costly mistake – leave your refrigeration repair to the experts for your own safety and that of your staff.
Reduce the risk of breakdowns
Many refrigeration faults can be avoided with regular maintenance. Implementing a maintenance schedule with a licensed refrigeration mechanic the moment you purchase your fridge will keep it running at its optimum, and minimise breakdowns and downtime. Nobody wants to be hit with costly repairs out of the blue. Regular maintenance will ensure minor issues are nipped in the bud before they become a bigger problem.
If you haven’t yet implemented a maintenance schedule, it’s not too late. Engaging a refrigeration mechanic, who specialises in commercial refrigeration repair will be one of the best moves you make in your business.
Risks of DIY refrigeration maintenance
Tempted to have a crack at your own refrigeration repair? Commercial refrigeration repair is not as straightforward as might you think. Refrigeration mechanics are accredited and trained for a reason – to equip them with the skills to repair refrigeration units safely, efficiently, thoroughly, and with the right parts. Attempting to do your own refrigeration repairs can put you at risk of:
incorrect diagnosis of the fault / issue
failure to identify deeper issues not visible to an untrained eye
greater costs (time and money) in the long run
quick fixes that don’t last the test of time
investing in inferior and imitation parts
accident and injury.
DIY refrigeration maintenance safe to do
Good news! There are a few measures you can take yourself to help your fridge function well.
1. Monitor fridge temperatures
Keep an eye on your refrigeration unit’s performance during the day with regular temperature checks. It is recommended you monitor and record the holding temperatures of each of your refrigeration units at the start of each shift and every few hours. This simple task will give you warning of any emerging issues and allow you to act fast to avoid a major breakdown.
2. Stock your refrigeration unit properly
Refrigeration units run more efficiently when they are fully stocked. Makes sense, doesn’t it? You don’t want to be running a half empty fridge for the sake of it, or risk overworking your unit with too much stock. Think carefully about how much refrigeration space you need to help your refrigeration unit run effectively and efficiently.
Quality refrigeration maintenance and repair
Is your refrigeration unit the hardest worker in your business? If your business relies on the sale of perishable product, meat, seafood and health products, there’s no doubt you have your unit running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An ill-performing or faulty fridge can be detrimental to your business and its reputation, not to mention costly and stressful.
Regular maintenance results in fewer break downs, lower electricity bills and peace of mind – you can’t put a price on that!
Give your hard-working refrigeration unit the care and attention it deserves with a regular maintenance schedule and professional repair when required. Refrigeration units are a big investment for your business – an investment you need to protect.