Whether you’ve rented a mobile cold room or plan to hire a refrigerated vehicle, any commercial refrigeration breakdowns can be very disruptive to a business. Our mobile cold rooms and refrigerated vehicles undergo regular maintenance and health checks, but for our long-term hires, is there anything you can do to keep your cold room or refrigerated vehicle in top condition all the time?
In this post, we share a few tips for ensuring your cold storage runs at its best.
Cold Room Maintenance Schedule
Keep an up-to-date maintenance schedule to ensure the cold room is always running smoothly. Our highly trained technicians are skilled at identifying problems and analysing risks to ensure a minor issue doesn’t become a major one.
Routine Internal Care
Hiring a mobile cold room or refrigerated vehicle means you can easily transport your cold room to where you need it for your business. Here’s a few tips about cold rooms for owners or staff of a food business:
- Record refrigeration temperatures at least once daily
Make sure to monitor and record the holding temperature of the cold room at least once daily. Temperature is a great indicator of how well the mobile cold room or refrigerated vehicle is performing. Fluctuations can be an indicator that something is not working properly.
- Keep the cold area well-stocked
A full unit runs more efficiently than a partially stocked unit. At the same time, overstocking can cause the units to work harder than they should be. Be aware of how much space you need and how well you use it to avoid unnecessary costs.
- Clean the interior of your refrigeration unit
Of course, keeping the unit itself clean is important. Make sure to clean up any spills immediately to prevent dangerous freezing. Sweep or mop surrounding floors and keep them free of debris. It’s vital that you employ health and safety measures such as switching off the units prior to cleaning. Warm, soapy water is all you need to clean the inside of your fridge. Bleach, steel wool and chemicals are damaging to units and can leave strong odours behind – not ideal if you work in the hospitality industry.
Ensure the outside of your unit is free from obstruction
While keeping the inside of your unit clean is common sense, it can be easy to forget about the state of your condensing units on the outside. Remove any rubbish or weeds that may obstruct the airflow of your unit or anything that may restrict access to the condensing unit.