Is it better to repair or replace your commercial fridge?

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As a successful business owner or manager, you’ll be well aware of the vital role performed by your commercial fridge. If you’re running a café or takeaway you will appreciate the amount of use your commercial fridge is put under throughout the day. 

Busy kitchens across the leisure and hospitality industries also rely on a good quality commercial fridge to keep up with their frenetic pace. 

But how do you know when the time has come to replace your commercial fridge?

What are the signs of a commercial fridge not performing to its optimum?

Commercial refrigeration units are placed under a vast amount of stress throughout their lifetime. Busy businesses are constantly opening and closing their refrigeration units, with fluctuating levels of products being stored inside. As commercial fridges become older, they begin to struggle to maintain a consistently cold temperature, which should be between 2°C and 4°C. 

This is one of the first telltale signs to watch out for in your fridge. 

A commercial fridge that cannot maintain a consistently cold temperature may have frost build-up. Fluctuating temperatures can lead to food going bad, which can be costly and disruptive to your business operations. Commercial refrigeration units can make a slight noise, however, if you notice significant changes in the noise then this is could indicate there’s an issue. It’s worth looking for the signs of underperformance in your commercial fridge, as there’s nothing more disruptive than your fridge unit breaking down, leaving you in crisis.

The importance of servicing your commercial fridge

Commercial fridges generally have a lifespan of around 10 years. So, in your financial forecasting, it’s worth knowing when you should expect to replace your commercial fridges. This lifespan is based on the premise that you have your commercial refrigeration unit serviced and maintained regularly. If you don’t have your commercial fridge serviced, you could potentially reduce the life of your fridge by as much as half. Given the outlay of replacing your commercial fridge, it’s wise to maintain a regular service schedule. 

Is it better to repair or replace a fridge unit?

The decision of whether to repair or replace your commercial fridge comes down to several factors. If your commercial fridge is relatively new, it could simply have a faulty part that just needs replacing. However, if your commercial fridge is some years old it may no longer be a financially viable solution to keep on repairing your old fridge. Older commercial fridges will be significantly less economical to run, and less environmentally friendly. If your fridge is older and is showing increased signs of aging, there comes a point when repeatedly repairing the unit is a costly and uneconomical strategy. In these circumstances, it’s better to decide to replace your commercial fridge before it breaks down. A commercial fridge breaking down can cause the loss of perishable food goods, as well as disrupting the smooth running of your business operations. Don’t be caught out by your commercial fridge breaking down, when you could come to Fridgesmart and choose your replacement commercial fridge.

Choosing to replace your commercial fridge

While we can arrange a swift replacement commercial fridge for your business, it can be worth spending some time considering your replacement commercial fridge. If your commercial fridge unit is around 10 years old, the array of choices is now very different from a decade ago. Your business will have changed over that time, and while your old commercial fridge may have been the ideal fit for then, you may require a different type of commercial fridge today. It can be worth using this opportunity to consider how your commercial fridge unit is used and to see what the best commercial fridge solution is for your business needs.

Why come to Fridgesmart for your replacement commercial fridge?

We have been in business for over 40 years, so we understand commercial fridges. Many of our clients are repeat customers who choose to come back to us, as they value our expertise and knowledge. We are always available to advise you and discuss with you the best commercial refrigeration for your business. If you’re considering replacing your aging commercial fridge, and want to plan ahead, why not take a look at our range? This will give you the time to make a measured and considered decision, rather than needing to replace your commercial fridge in a hurry. Take a look at our range of commercial fridges or call our helpful and friendly team for advice on 01792 677169.