If your business utilizes commercial refrigeration units, it is important to consider maintenance and upkeep. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure an efficient refrigeration system. Moreover, preventative maintenance is vital to ensure long-term success and minimal expense for repairs.
In the text below, we look at the consequences a lack of maintenance can result in. Furthermore, we look at the benefits a business will gain from undertaking a regular maintenance schedule of their commercial refrigeration units:
A lack of maintenance can result in:
First, let’s look at the problems poor maintenance can arise in – the main issue is breakdowns and system failures:
1. Wasted products & stock
If your refrigeration units break due to a lack of upkeep, this could result in the contents becoming spoiled and unusable. For example, if you are storing perishable food, your business could lose a considerable value of the stock. This reduces cash flow, but also causes issues like additional admin work to try and dispose of the waste materials, and re-order new stock.
2. Potential lost business & revenue
Having unusable refrigeration units reduces your potential custom. If you have 50 refrigeration units, and ten are currently broken, this means you can only utilize 80% of your potential storage space. That’s a 20% reduction in business and revenue until the units are fixed.
3. Failure to comply with safety & hygiene standards
When using commercial refrigeration units, a business usually must comply with specific standards. These could include health and safety standards and hygiene standards. This is particularly important if your refrigeration units are used for food storage. Poor maintenance could result in a drop in safety and hygiene standards. This ultimately could damage your business reputation, and even result in a revocation of any quality and safety certification you have.
4. Increase expense from major breakdowns
We appreciate that paying for maintenance requires a small regular expense. If you forgo this low cost, however, the resulting expenditure from breakdowns could be catastrophic. Failure to maintain your refrigeration units could lead to significant malfunctions and a complete failure of your system. The cost of such an incident would far outweigh the relative value of regular maintenance.
Regular maintenance can result in:
On the flip side, undertaking a regular maintenance schedule can result in the following benefits:
1. A consistent, reliable service
When dealing with commercial refrigeration units, consistency and reliability are vital. You want a system and units that will work without issue. Moreover, you want a reliable set of units that you can use daily. Scheduled maintenance is the best way to ensure this consistency of service.
2. Refrigeration units that last longer
As a business, you also want refrigeration units that last for many years. Instead of continually replacing broken units periodically, would it not be better (and cost-effective) to have a range of well-maintained refrigerators that you can rely on indefinitely?
We hope you have found this article informative. As a business, you cannot underestimate the upkeep of your refrigeration units – as you can see, the consequences of neglect can be damaging.