Getting to Grips with Equipment Maintenance
At Carlton Services, our experts take pride in getting your equipment serviced or repaired as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Whilst routine services should never be missed, did you know that many service call outs are very avoidable if you know how to do some basic maintenance on your equipment? Not only can you save money on engineer callouts and downtime, you can also save money on your energy bill.
In this article, we take a look at some top tips to help you keep your commercial kitchen running smoothly.
Keep it Clean
It’s only natural that when it comes to refrigerators, we tend to focus on keeping the inside clean, as that is where the food is stored. Whilst this is essential to good hygiene, it is equally important to keep other parts clean, especially the condenser.
Not only will a blocked or dirty condenser use up to 23% more energy as it struggles to do its job effectively, it also puts increased strain on the system, increasing the risk of a failure.
Take a moment to schedule these simple tasks into your regular cleaning routine to save money and avoid problems.
Check Your Seals
Another simple check that can be incorporated into your routine is checking the seals of refrigerators and freezers. Don’t just clean them – give them a quick visual examination to check if they are perished, misplaced or otherwise faulty. If anything is causing the seal not to fit flush then you could be losing as much as 11% of the appliance’s energy! It might seem like a small concern, but in fact changing a seal can make a big difference.
Encourage staff to be vigilant when using refrigerators and freezers, so that you can act early and avoid problems later.
Check your settings
In a world where we are surrounded by technology, it seems that everything has a control panel of some kind. Unfortunately, with so little time available, it is easy – especially in a busy establishment such as a commercial kitchen – to just plug things in and let them do their own thing. After all, a fridge is hardly going to boil over…
However, taking the time to learn the optimum settings for your equipment and its intended use can make a big impact on the effectiveness of the equipment as well as your costs.
Using the incorrect temperature setting on a refrigerator can use up to 6% more energy, whereas the wrong defrost setting can be responsible for an increase in energy consumption of up to 15%.
If time is money, taking the time to familiarise yourself fully with your control panel may just be a good use of this valuable resource.
Whilst the checks described above are easy to perform in-house, there are other aspects of efficient operation that ultimately are best looked at by a trusted, professional engineer. One common cause of equipment failure is incorrect parts being fitted. The likelihood is that as an end user you would never know until your equipment breaks down. By choosing to work with an authorised service agent from a trusted company such as Carlton, you can be 100% sure that the correct, quality parts are fitted every time, so you don’t have to worry.
Another problem that a qualified engineer can detect and rectify is evaporator gas leakage. Did you know that a 15% loss of gas can contribute to an increase of 100% energy use? Make sure that you don’t miss your regular service, and again, be sure to choose a fully accredited refrigeration engineer, who will be able to offer you advice on how to get the best out of your energy consumption.
With over 35 years experience and a wealth of accreditations, Carlton Services offer a professional and reliable service solution for the commercial catering industry throughout the southwest. To discuss your service needs with an expert now, contact us or give us a call on 01793 512550.