We normally field this question for new customers at least once -and we love hearing it. It lets us know that the client's aren't solely worried about food safety, but are also interested in reducing Maintenance and Repair (M&R) and mitigating food loss.
Let's discuss (16) ways to help ensure your appliances live long, optimal lives.
- Inspect and clean door gaskets regularly. Dirty gaskets cause poor seals and dirt and grime shorten the life of gaskets. Replace them when needed.
- Ensure appliances sit level and that doors are squarely adjusted.
- Don't power-down cold storage equipment. The energy saved when powered-down is burned when bring the appliance back to temp. It's also really tough on the compressor.
- Keep coils clean on a regular basis. Four times a year is not a bad practice.
- If your appliance utilizes filters, replace them on schedule.
- Schedule regular check-ups for your appliances.
- Don't use the thermostat to cover up temperature issues. If there's a problem, address it.
- Watch door usage -constant opening and closing.
- Don't over/under-stock your appliance.
- Over-stocking a cold storage appliance reduces proper air circulation.
- Under-stocking causes cold storage appliances to cool a larger space. You also lack the help from stocked products thermal mass that can assist the appliance with cooling warmer products.
- If your location's policies and cold storage space allow, keep clean and labeled jugs or bottles of water in your units. This can help with thermal mass cooling.
- Defrost units as needed. If it looks like 3" of snow and ice fell in your in cold storage appliance -that's a problem and the compressor will work harder, generate more heat and burn more electricity.
- Keep food covered and sealed. Your cold storage appliances work hard to remove moisture. Plus, it's the safe way to store foods.
- Keep an eye on your appliances temp regularly. Better yet, use an ultra-high quality system like our FridgeTrak.io solution. Never rely on internal/external digital or analog gauges -as they're rarely accurate and are used for reference only.
- Double-check your cold storage appliances for proper space. A 2"-3" space between sides and rear of appliances can save as much as 40% of energy spent on cooling the appliance.
- Take the time organize your refrigerator. Organization can help save time during stocking and use. The more organized an appliance is, the less time the door will be opened.
- If you are busy, plan ahead. Accessing your cold storage appliance efficiently. Retrieve multiple items at once instead of one at a time.