When you need to store a lot of food in one place for any significant amount of time, a commercial refrigerator is necessary. Whether you’re a large scale restaurant, a dining hall or a food truck, your refrigeration is vital to your business. If your refrigerator or freezer go out, you lose customers, food, and money on all fronts, so to avoid any unexpected refrigeration failures it’s important to have the right amount of properly maintained storage.


If you have questions regarding standard maintenance of your commercial refrigeration unit, give Reaume Heating and Cooling a call. We’re licensed to inspect and repair all types of commercial refrigeration units, and we’ll come to you. We have the knowledge and the tools necessary to repair your unit on the spot, or order any replacement parts you may need in a timely manner. Reaume Heating and Cooling is West Michigan’s first choice for commercial refrigeration installation, service, and repair.


Whether you’re looking to install a new walk-in freezer, or you need someone to complete regular maintenance on your current refrigeration appliances, Reaume Heating and Cooling is West Michigan’s first choice for all refrigeration installation and repair. We have over 45 years experience in the industry, and the knowledge necessary to maintenance and repair any make or model you may have. We also provide a full range of products, from freezers to refrigerators to replacement parts, ensuring that whatever you need, we can deliver.

Types of Commercial Refrigerators & Freezers

There are all kinds of different commercial refrigerator and freezers on the market, so it’s important to know what type is right for your specific application. Here’s a list of the most popular options, and a few of their most common uses:

Reach-in Refrigerators and Freezers: Great for moderate to low amounts of storage, reach-in models are one of your more cost-effective options. They function similarly to a residential refrigerator, usually with double doors and an upright construction. Some have multiple sections for storing items at different temperatures. These models are measured for capacity in cubic feet, and are great for smaller operations or as a backup option. If you’re a large restaurant that’s looking for a primary freezer or refrigerator, this is probably too small for your needs.

Walk-in Refrigerators and Freezers: If you are looking for more storage, and a primary refrigeration option for larger operations, a walk-in is the way to go. You can install one in the back if you have space, or they can even be installed outdoors, as some models come with their own floors. While they can be more expensive, if you are a restaurant or dining hall, this is a must-have to keep your food service business running properly. Generally commercial shelving systems are set up inside of the walk-in unit to provide you with optimal storing and organization, and are great for preserving everything from bulk items to alcohol.

Refrigerated Prep Tables: Typically used on cook lines or in prep areas for commercial kitchens, this refrigeration style is handy for keeping items that you need on hand fresh and refrigerated according to code. This style generally comes in two styles: a sandwich/salad style, and a pizza style. The only real difference between the two is the depth of the cutting board. Since pizzas tend to be larger, they require a larger cutting board or prep space to accommodate their size. Most units are about 36 inches high, since they’re intended as worktops.

Undercounter Refrigerators: If you need some refrigeration capabilities in-house, but don’t have a ton of space, this is a great option for you. These units fit right under counters and typically stand somewhere around 33 inches tall. While they are very useful, and function just like a reach-in refrigerator, they don’t provide a significant amount of storage. They’re best for holding refrigerated items that you need to have on hand, in easy-to-reach places. If you’re looking for a primary refrigeration option, you might be better off looking at outdoor walk-ins to conserve indoor space.

Refrigerated Merchandisers: Featuring clear glass doors and an upright construction, these units are designed specifically to display refrigerated goods for quick sale of products in grocery stores, or places like bakeries and restaurants. These are also great for pizza restaurants that offer take-and-bake options to their customers. A refrigerated merchandiser functions just as a reach-in refrigerator, the only difference being that the door is transparent.


Tips for Properly Maintaining Commercial Refrigeration Units

Refrigerators and freezers can be tricky units. Sometimes they don’t keep things as cold as you want them, and from time to time they can break down without warning, leaving you with a full restaurant or busy kitchen, but no food to serve. The best way to avoid breakdowns and unnecessary repairs is to properly, and regularly maintenance your units. Here are some best practices to follow:

Check Temperature and Defrost Frequency: Sometimes the thermostat can be bumped accidentally, and you probably won’t notice unless you check, or there’s a really big change in temperature. Food has to be kept at very specific temperatures, so it’s important to make sure you’re checking the temperature of your refrigerator every day. In the same vein, make sure your unit isn’t set to defrost too often. The more it has to defrost, the harder your unit has to work, and the more the temperature could go up. To lengthen the life of your commercial refrigerator or freezer, make sure it’s set at a reasonable defrost frequency.

Clear Space: Your commercial refrigeration unit should always have an adequate amount of clear space around it, in order to perform to its highest capacity. Boxes and debris around the unit can block air flow, which could cause it to overheat, or at least run inefficiently. The harder your machine has to work to cool the air inside, the higher your energy bills will be.

Turn Off the Lights: While you might not think about it, the lights in your freezer or refrigerator do give off heat, which can warm the unit, making it have to work harder to stay at its appropriate temperature. This will also drive up your energy bill on two levels, the first being the lights on constantly, and the second being the increased energy your unit has to consume to stay at temperature. Consider using fluorescent lights that generate less heat, or getting lights that turn off automatically after a set time.

Keep the Inside Clean: It’s important to clean your unit regularly to maintain compliance with health codes, but additionally to keep up the health of your machine. Make sure you follow the owner’s manual, and steer clear of steel wool, bleach, or other caustic chemicals, which can damage the finish of your refrigeration unit, and can pose health threats to any exposed foods.

Check for Leaks: Cold air leaks can be a pricey issue if you don’t monitor them closely. The more your unit leaks, the more you’ll be paying on your energy bill, and the more strain your unit will have to endure. That’s why it’s a good idea to check for leaks regularly, and get them repaired as soon as you realized there’s an issue. A good way to check is to close a dollar bill in the door. Once the door is closed, pull on the bill. If there’s resistance, your door is well sealed, but if the bill slides out easily, your door is letting cold air escape, and it’s probably time to call a professional.

Schedule Monthly or Quarterly Inspections: The more technical aspects of your unit, like refrigerant levels, fan blades, and thermometer calibration, should be inspected regularly by a professional. Most licensed inspectors have regular maintenance plans that have them come out regularly to check for any issues, and fix them on the spot. This way, small problems are addressed before they become bigger ones, and your refrigeration unit is much less likely to go out unexpectedly. This means you save money on emergency repair and service calls, and your unit will probably last longer, as it is well and properly cared for.


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