Refrigeration is a key part of many industries from hospitality to medical research and everything in between. Most people who work with and operate these commercial refrigerators do not have any specific understanding of what makes them work, which means that problems can often slip by unseen. These problems can cost thousands down the track, which is why refrigeration repair and maintenance should always be part of your financial budget. Preventative care is far better (and cheaper) for the success of your refrigeration rooms, so here are three problems you should be on the lookout for to stop early on. 

Malfunctioning Thermostat

The only way you really know how cold your refrigeration is will be through the monitoring equipment, which is primarily the thermostat. Common signs that your thermostat may not be accurate are the following:

  • Food or other items feeling less cold when handled
  • Thermostat not responding to commands to change the temperature
  • Thermostat changing rapidly with seemingly no corresponding change in internal temperature

If you notice any of these, you should call for refrigeration repair as soon as you can. Not only is your product at risk of spoiling in a broken refrigerator, but this problem only exacerbates over time. 

Leaky Refrigerant

The refrigerant is the chemical (or chemicals) used to actually cool your refrigeration room, and if it is leaking, that will immediately correspond with an increase in heat. One way to test for a leak in the refrigerant is to put your hand up to the AC vents (if you have any) and feel if the air is still cold or if it is noticeably warmer. Other clues include listening for a whining noise near the internal mechanisms of your refrigeration room. An increase in electricity costs, as your refrigerator struggles to keep up with the change, is also a sign, but that can come quite late. Regular maintenance by a refrigerator repair contractor is the best way to keep a close eye on your refrigerant levels.

Broken Fans

Most refrigeration rooms are quite large, and the only way to get enough cold air to every corner is by using fans. Sometimes these fans are quite thunderous in their volume, but in newer models, this is not always the case. If you do notice your refrigeration room running a lot quieter than usual, you should spring into action because that is not normal. Broken fans need to be repaired quickly, and while you wait for a refrigeration repair contractor, you should try and move as many delicate and sensitive items closer to the vents so they get as much cooling as possible.