Maintenance & Replacement
Keeping a piece of machinery in good repair is a sure-fire way to reduce any unnecessary running costs, especially for a restaurant, café, or any other commercial kitchen fitout. A machine that has to do more work because of a build-up of contaminants, or running without an appropriate amount of fluid, or because the condenser wasn’t cleaned will run at a higher energy usage than a well maintained counterpart. Making sure your refrigerator is in good working order will extend the lifetime, lower the running cost, and will guard against any unforseen breakdowns or future issues.
However, even a well maintained machine will slowly succumb to the day-to-day effect of continual usage. A refrigeration system that is older than 10-years is typically inefficient, and replacing the system may increase efficiency by up to 30-40%2. Regular monitoring and testing will help avoid letting the efficiency sink this low as well as help identify future problems.