• Curtis Taylor

6 ways to keep fridge/freezers working effectively this summer

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

With summer in full swing and countless BBQ’s, ice lollies and freshly picked strawberries on the horizon, it is easy to relish in the beautiful golden sunshine and forget the woes of everyday life.

Although summer’s list of benefits is somewhat larger than its drawbacks, one key issue occurs year upon year that catering establishments, healthcare institutions and just about anyone with important produce are burdened with.

Cold storage units are a hugely important part of everyday life whether you’re simply enjoying a cool drink or administering temperature critical life saving drugs. A working fridge and freezer is paramount for any establishment’s livelihood and success.

During a scorching summer’s day, asking your fridge to maintain its optimum temperature is like playing darts with spaghetti, nigh impossible.

Therefore here are some tips to get the best out of your cold storage units this summer:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer stocked. It takes more energy to cool an empty fridge, so if yours is often near-empty, fill jugs or freezer bags with water and keep them in the freezer.

  • Clean condenser coils. Unplug the refrigerator, and vacuum or brush the coils. Keeping them free of dirt will help it operate more efficiently.

  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers. Frost buildup reduces the energy efficiency.

  • Check temperature settings. Your refrigerator should be at 1º to 4º and the freezer -18º to -15º.

  • Test refrigerator door seals to make sure they are airtight. Shut the door over a piece of paper that’s half inside and half outside. If the paper pulls out easily, the seal may need replacing.

  • Position and open the refrigerator efficiently. Try to keep it away from heat sources, like the oven, dishwasher and windows.

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