Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Commercial Services’ Category

5 Big Signs Your Refrigerator Is About to Kick the Bucket

Monday, November 6th, 2023

When your refrigerator goes down, it’s always unexpected and inconvenient—it’s one of those appliances you just don’t think about on a day-to-day basis. When it finally runs into a big problem, you may wonder if there’s anything you can do to prevent this from happening again. Most of the time, yes—you can look out for these signs your refrigerator is dying Sussex County, DE before it happens.

Continue Reading

Your Commercial Refrigerator Is on Its Last Leg: Here’s How You Can Tell

Monday, February 27th, 2023

Your refrigerator won’t last forever. Every appliance has its lifespan, and when yours begins to show signs of wear and tear, it already has one foot in the grave. Well, in this case, junkyard.

Before you panic and start worrying about the implications for your business, you can find signs your refrigerator is dying in Sussex County, DE that still signal a bit of remaining time before it dies completely.

If you don’t know what to look for, or you’ve never had a refrigerator die on you in the past, that’s okay. We’ll fill you in right now. This is what you need to look for.

Continue Reading

What Makes a Refrigerator Commercial Grade?

Monday, November 21st, 2022
Woman opening commercial refrigerator and grabbing a bottle of wine.

The fridge in your kitchen isn’t up to the same tasks as a commercial refrigerator in your business, but why is that? What’s the defining feature between a basic refrigerator and a commercial grade unit?

Commercial refrigeration in Sussex County, DE has a list of differences from a standard refrigerator. There’s a reason you never see floor model refrigerators being used in businesses. Here’s what you need to know.

Continue Reading

There’s No “End Date” for Commercial AC Maintenance

Monday, July 6th, 2020

There’s a persistent myth that floats around in the world of both residential and commercial air conditioning. It’s about routine maintenance. People can all agree that maintenance is important—in fact, it’s critical when it comes to commercial properties. Without maintenance, an air conditioning system runs down faster as it accumulates dirt and stress, loses lubrication on its motors, and builds up potential repair problems with no chance for an expert to notice them.

Continue Reading

Causes of Common Problems with Draft Beer Systems

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Customers expect quality when they order a cold beer on tap: just the right amount of foam and a crisp, clean, refreshing taste. That’s why it’s so important to have a quality draft beer system in your establishment, but these can run into trouble from time to time. Most draft beer system issues have to do with the carbon dioxide pressure and the temperature in the tank—though user error is often largely at fault. Check the temperature and pressure settings when you run into trouble, make sure your glasses are “beer-clean” and that your pour is on point, and call professionals when you encounter system trouble.

  • Flat beer – This could mean that the temperature setting is too cold (it should stay around 36-38 degrees Fahrenheit) or that the carbon dioxide is not pressurized enough. Alternatively, it could have to do with an improper pour or an oily glass.
  • Foamy beer – Check to make sure that you’re opening up the tap all the way and that you’ve poured properly. If this is not the problem, pressure issues may be responsible, or the temperature of the beer may be too warm. Call a technician if the settings appears to be correct but the issue persists.
  • No beer – If there is no beer at all but your system appears to be running properly, it may be time to call for professional repairs. Of course, you should also check to make sure that everything is properly connected—and that the keg is not empty.
  • Poor taste or appearance – When is the last time you cleaned the beer lines? Ideally, you or your distributor should clean the beer line about once a week, though three weeks is acceptable (and nightly is optimal), and anytime you replace a keg. If you’re not sure how to do this, call our team, though purchasing the equipment for this is not too costly. Of course, you should also check to make sure that the keg is within its expiration date, and that you do not use a keg for more than 3 weeks.

Atlantic Refrigeration can answer all of your questions about draft beer systems in Dover, DE and provide professional installation, service, or replacement so that your business runs smoothly. Give us a call!

Continue Reading

When the Thermostat Is at Fault for Your Commercial HVAC Trouble

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

When the heating and air conditioning system won’t come on in your home or business, the first thing you check is the thermostat. The thermostat is the most accessible portion of your HVAC system, and it’s natural to assume that this piece is at fault. The thermostat may be at fault if it is not programmed properly, if the wiring is faulty, or if it needs a thorough maintenance check. However, oftentimes, it turns out that the thermostat is working just fine and another component of your HVAC system is at fault. The following guide details common thermostat problems, and why replacement is often the best option for faulty commercial thermostats in Smyrna, DE.

Learn How to Program the Thermostat

Sometimes, thermostat trouble occurs simply because the people on the property are unsure of how to operate the thermostat. Take the time to learn about the operation of your thermostat by reading a guide or consulting with a technician upon installation or maintenance. You may even want to communicate some vital information back to tenants and employees on the matter so that they can check the thermostat first if trouble occurs. Programming settings can be difficult to understand, and you want to make sure that it is programmed to remain running when people are in the building.

Signs of a Faulty Thermostat

If all of the settings are correct and the unit is not running, it’s possible that the wiring in the thermostat has gone awry. Sometimes, the technician can make repairs for this type of problem, but other times a replacement is necessary. Another common issue that could indicate faulty wiring (but may also result from a number of electro-mechanical issues) is short cycling—when the unit turns off soon after starting and before the heating or cooling cycle is complete.

When Replacement Is the Best Option

Sometimes, a thermostat simply fails to do its job, and replacement is a more cost effective option than any lengthy repairs. However, you shouldn’t attempt replacements yourself and assume that the thermostat is at fault, as it could be any of several other problems instead. On the other hand, a replacement thermostat with advanced settings may make your system run more efficiently even if your older one did not appear to be in trouble.

Call Atlantic Refrigeration for service, repair, or installation on commercial thermostats in Smyrna, DE.

Continue Reading

3 Common Commercial Heating Repairs

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Having a comfortable commercial space is critical to your business’s success. Multiple problems can develop with a commercial heating system, which is why it’s important to hire professionals in Georgetown who specialize in commercial heating services for all of your commercial heating repairs. Atlantic Refrigerant is available 24/7, so if you experience problems with your commercial heating, call us immediately.

Common Commercial Heating Repairs

Here are 3 of the more common heating issues that we see at Atlantic Refrigeration:

Fan Problems

The heat in your system can’t be blown into your business space without the blower fan. The fan in a commercial system is large; the core components of the fan are the fan blades, fan motor, belt and wiring. Wires can fray and corrode with regular usage, which can cause issues with the electrical flow; this can result in intermittent operation or a loss of operation of the fan. Fan belts also wear down with usage causing them to loosen or break. Lastly, motor issues can develop. All of these issues can affect how the fan turns, which will reduce the airflow in your system.

Faulty Ductwork

The ductwork in your commercial heating system is an integral part of your heating; without it, the warm air won’t be delivered to your business space. Ductwork is durable, but it can suffer from wear and tear. Cracks, holes and disconnections can develop, resulting in significant heat loss. Repairing commercial ductwork takes skill and expertise, as the ductwork system is complex, so it’s best to call a trained professional.

Electrical Issues

A commercial heating system runs on a significant amount of electricity. There are a few areas where electrical problems can develop, and one of the common problems we see occurs with the system’s capacitors. There are two types of capacitors: a start capacitor and a run capacitor. Each helps the motors in your heating system run, and when one malfunctions, it can create system-wide issues.

Commercial heating repairs should only be handled by well trained and knowledgeable professionals. For expert commercial heating service call Atlantic Refrigeration today.

Continue Reading

Why Install a Commercial Dehumidifier for Your Business?

Monday, September 15th, 2014

It’s important that your business space is comfortable, and this entails more than just the temperature. If the quality of your indoor air is lacking, it can affect you, your customers and your business. One of the ways indoor air quality can be compromised is with excess humidity. One of the best ways to help your air conditioner, your business and your customers is to improve your commercial indoor air quality in Ocean City, MD with a commercial dehumidifier. As with any upgrade to your system, it’s important to hire trained professionals for the work, and Atlantic Refrigeration has the trained and certified commercial technicians who can help improve your indoor air.

Reasons to Install a Commercial Dehumidifier

As we mentioned above, installing a dehumidifier to your commercial AC can help improve the indoor air quality in your business space, but there are several other reasons to consider installing a commercial dehumidifier:

  • Better health – mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites thrive at relative humidity levels above 60 percent. These types of micro-organisms can contribute to asthma attacks, allergy problems and other respiratory conditions, as well as damage to your products. The recommended humidity level for indoors is between 30 percent and 50 percent, levels a commercial dehumidifier can easily achieve.
  • Improved comfort – sometimes the dehumidifying function of your air conditioning system can’t keep up with demand. A commercial dehumidifier removes the excess moisture from the air before it can become part of your indoor air taking the extra load off your AC and allowing it to cool your business space as needed.
  • Energy savings – with a commercial dehumidifier, you don’t have to run the air conditioner more than necessary to cool things off; this helps save energy.

Don’t let your business space become uncomfortable due to excess humidity.

Call the professionals at Atlantic Refrigeration today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts to improve your commercial indoor air quality in Ocean City, MD.

Continue Reading

Signs of Trouble with Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Monday, June 9th, 2014

There is a lot of equipment that you depend upon when you own a convenience store, local grocery, diner, bar, or any other food and drink establishment. If your commercial refrigeration equipment in Dover, DE is not held up to the highest standards, there is simply no way in which you can count on it to provide you with the consistent, dependable performance that it ought to. That is why you should be aware of some common signs of trouble with commercial refrigeration equipment. When you keep your eyes peeled, and take such indicators seriously, you can handle any problems with your commercial coolers and freezers before serious issues develop. Call Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. at the first sign of trouble.

First of all, look out for any signs of leaks coming from your refrigeration equipment. If your coolers or freezers are leaking refrigerant, they will fail and put your product at risk of spoiling. Not all leaks are quite so serious, of course. If your door is misaligned or even if a gasket is cracked, condensation may build up and collect around the system. Even problems that do not seem very minor, though, can have serious consequences, so it is always best to contact a trained commercial HVAC technician immediately.

Any strange and unusual sounds should also be evaluated by a trained professional as soon as possible. There are many different issues which may lead your system to make odd noises, and they can vary in degrees of severity. No matter what, though, it is always in your best interest to act fast. Whether a fan blade is bent and is scratching against its casing, or if there is air in your refrigerant line, any damages to your system can serious put the operation of your commercial refrigeration equipment at risk. Don’t let what ought to be a quick fix lead to major issues down the road. Schedule service with us if you suspect a problem.

From nerve wracking noises to lukewarm temperatures within, any operational issues with your refrigeration equipment have the potential to seriously disrupt your day to day operations.

Don’t let this happen on your watch. Call Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. today if you suspect that you need any commercial refrigeration services in Dover, DE.



Continue Reading

Maintaining Your Commercial Ice Machine

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

We completely understand that you have a lot on your plate as a commercial kitchen owner, and that your staff is equally busy each and every night. However, there are certain routine services which must be completed if you want to keep everything running smoothly in your restaurant or bar. One of these tasks is to ensure that your commercial ice machine is properly maintained. The problem is that there are so many other issues to deal with, that you may not remember until it is too late and something goes wrong with your system. Preventive maintenance is always better than reactionary repairs, though, so here are a few tips from the pros at Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. regarding the maintenance of your commercial ice machine in Dover, DE.

Ice Machine Maintenance Tips

The most basic task to complete is to change your water filters regularly. The water that feeds your commercial ice machine may not be the purest in the world, and these filters can help ensure that your system is making clean, pure ice even if the supply is not perfect. This should be done at least every 6 months, or according to manufacturers’ instructions. This will allow you to serve your customers drinks that taste just the way they should, without any unwanted contaminants to the flavor or presentation. It will also help to inhibit the buildup of scale within the system or your supply line, which can disrupt the ice making process.

You should also take the time to sanitize your commercial ice machine on a regular basis. Simply changing water filters is not enough to ensure the high quality of your ice machine. By emptying your system of ice and draining out the water therein, you can scrub it clean and sanitize it to ensure that there are no risks of contamination to your ice. For more details regarding how best to care for your commercial ice machine, just call the experts on our team.

When it comes to ice machines and other commercial refrigeration equipment and services in Dover, DE, Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. is the company to call.

We have the products and services you need to keep your business running smoothly. Let us know when you are ready to schedule service.

Continue Reading