Refrigeration systems can be expensive to run. If you run a hospitality business, you probably dread every electricity bill. Next to wages and rent, it can be a major hit to the business bottom line. With the cost of electricity increasing and power hungry commercial refrigeration systems running 24 hours a day, no wonder business owners are looking for ways to reduce running costs. Simply switching off refrigeration systems isn’t a practical solution, so what do you do? There is a way of reducing running costs for commercial refrigeration systems and you may be able to do it yourself.

How does a refrigeration system work?

At it’s heart, refrigeration is just a heat transfer system. Refrigeration systems work by removing heat from the stored goods. This heat is then transported it via refrigerant gas to another location. It stands to reason that reducing the efficiency of the heat transfer process can only make the system work harder. As a result, this makes the compressor run longer to cool down the goods. This extended compressor run time consumes more expensive electricity in the process.

The value of maintenance

Keeping the system well maintained and running efficiently seems like a no-brainer, but all too often maintenance can become overlooked. That’s when expensive refrigeration breakdowns can occur. Keeping the system condenser clean is the most basic of maintenance chores and allows the commercial refrigeration system to run at peak efficiency. It is usually fan forced and can be found near the refrigeration compressor in most cases. It looks similar to a car radiator and may be black or silver in colour.

Cleaning the condenser

Cleaning the condenser on a commercial refrigeration system isn’t a glamorous task, however it is essential to peak refrigeration performance and reducing running costs. Using a soft brush and a vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to clean the condenser, although compressed air and water are better – but not always available or practical.

 If you’re not sure how to clean a condenser or haven’t got the time, Mercury refrigeration and air conditioning can provide a basic one-off refrigeration service or flexible comprehensive regular maintenance programs to suit you. Call us on 02 4947 7193 and let us do the dirty work for you.