An commercial cool room is an integral part of any food service business. Since it holds the bulk of your perishable stock, any break down or operation problems can be disastrous for your business.
That’s why regular maintenance, both daily and weekly, may be the difference between a reliable cool room and a break down that throws your business into chaos.
So, we have some cleaning and maintenance tips to make sure you get the best performance and years of reliable service from your cool room.
Just like showering every day and brushing your teeth morning and night, looking after your cool room should be a daily routine. Every day you want to ensure that your cool room is operating properly. The quicker you catch any problems, the faster you can get them repaired and the less likely you are to suffer any major losses or damage to your stock.
Here are a few things you should do daily.
- Clean the walls
Using a mild detergent and damp cloth, spot clean any stains on the walls as soon as you see them. If you can’t get rid of the stains, or they are constantly reoccurring, speak to a professional refrigeration technician. It could be a sign of a more serious problem.
- Clean the seals
A build up of grime around the door seal, or damage to the seal, can lead to the door not closing or sealing properly. This means the motor may have to work harder to keep the cool room at the required temperature. Use warm water and a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt around the seal. Avoid the temptation to use heavy-duty cleaning products that could damage the seal. While you’re cleaning, make note of any damage to the seal. A damaged seal should be replaced immediately.
- Check and record the temperature
This is a two-part task that only takes a minute but can mean you notice any problems with your cool room well before they become critical. Your cool room should have an internal thermometer that displays the temperature. Make a note of this number and compare it to previous readings. Look for any changes in temperature over several days or even weeks. Next, using a thermometer of your own, take a reading in your cool room and check that it matches what the cool room thermometer says. If they don’t match, hire a professional refrigeration technician to check the room.
- Conduct a visual inspection
Be on the look out for water leaks or any frozen items that have thawed. Sort through your inventory and remove anything that is out of date. Make sure there is enough space around items for cool air to circulate. Be aware of strange smells that could indicate a leak. You should be confident that you know exactly what is happening in your cool room at all times.
On top of daily maintenance, larger weekly maintenance jobs should also become habit. Block out some time in your schedule if you’re having trouble fitting these in.
- Clean all surfaces
Using a mild detergent and damp cloth, clean every surface in the cool room, including the walls, floor, door, shelving, fan housing and anything else.
- Make a note of persistent leaks or stains
If you are regularly cleaning the cool room, you will notice if there are any leaks or stains that appear frequently. Keep a record of them and speak with a professional refrigeration technician to check for any issues. This is especially important for stains around the door, fans, and motor.
- Check for damage
To ensure your cool room is working efficiently and effectively, check door seals, and door rollers or hinges for rips, tears or other damage. This is also a good time to wipe away any collected dirt or dust with a damp cloth. You can also have a look on our blog on the 7 Features to Look for When Installing a Commercial Cold Room
Recommended professional maintenance
When your cool room was installed, you should have been advised of a recommended professional maintenance schedule. This is likely to be an inspection every six months or so by a professional refrigeration technician. During this inspection, they may, among other tasks, check and clean the evaporator and condenser, and check and clean all fans and vents.
While it’s important to follow the recommended professional maintenance schedule, do not wait to contact a professional refrigeration technician if you notice any issues or problems with your cool room.
By regularly maintaining your cool room, you can confidently expect it to function reliably and efficiently for years to come.