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


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.

Cooling Capabilities Have Become Questionable

If you don’t have a small fridge thermostat inside it on top shelf, you really should get one. Especially in a commercial setting. Monitoring your fridge’s temperature is imperative to maintaining it.

If your fridge is hovering around 40°F, consider lowering the internal dial towards the cooler setting (usually indicated by a snowflake that  grows in size, or a dial with a wider line towards the colder end of its turn).

Does the temperature drop over the next twelve hours or so? Good. If not, and it’s hovering around that 40°F mark even with those adjustments, that’s not a good sign. It’s beginning to fail, but you’re already near the food danger zone.

It’s Leaking Water (and a Lot of It)

If your fridge’s drain line begins to run into problems, it can get clogged. While this clog can be cleared out, it’s more likely that water simply won’t go through the drain and instead leak out of the fridge.

Depending on your living arrangement, you may notice a small puddle on the floor, or it may work its way underneath the floorboards, causing bigger problems.

Your fridge should never leak water onto your floor. By the time you see it, water has already been spilling underneath your fridge for some time. It’s time for a replacement.

Your Fridge Is 10+ Years Old

We’re not saying that every refrigerator is dead after ten years, but it’s not exactly becoming more efficient as time goes on, you know?

If you’ve maintained your fridge properly, you’ll see signs of wear and tear start to take hold. But because you’ve done a good job at upkeep, you have time to begin saving for a new fridge before this one goes out.

Commercial refrigeration units are under far more stress than residential units. While they’re designed with that in mind, every business will encounter different problems at different rates with their refrigeration units.

Don’t Let Your Inventory Spoil

Don’t let your fresh truckload of supplies go to waste while your refrigerator threatens to go out. Call for repairs, and if repairs aren’t possible, get ready to replace your unit.

It’s always best to have an emergency fund for replacements, especially if more than one unit goes out at once due to something like a power surge. We’ve got your back every step of the way.

Contact Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule your next refrigerator repair or installation today.

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