Keeping commercial refrigeration systems working is essential, especially in a hospital setting. Medication, vaccines and lab samples all depend on it. Regular maintenance is absolutely critical, and must be scheduled to ensure professional, trained HVAC mechanics are available.
What kind of maintenance are we talking about? Here is what the pros keep in mind:
- Inspect and clean the condenser coils. Many manufacturers suggest you clean your condenser coils every three months. As dirt collects, it’s harder for the condenser to maintain a regular temperature. This can result in overheating or damage to the compressor.
- Check your evaporator coil. The evaporator coil absorbs heat and helps keep your refrigeration system cool. If there isn’t adequate airflow, the evaporator coil can freeze, leading to water leaks and warmer temperatures.
- Check (and clean) your door gaskets. Door gaskets maintain a tight seal on the entrance to any refrigeration unit. If they’re cracked or broken the door may not shut tightly enough. Cool air will escape, and the interior temperature will be unstable.
The above are just a few examples. A commercial refrigeration system has many different parts that all need to be in working order. Commercial refrigeration systems usually run continuously. That means a lot of wear and tear on parts, and lots of cleaning, testing, evaluation, and occasional part replacement to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Many warranties do not cover damage or replacement due to inadequate maintenance. While some things can be taken care of by a hospital operational employee, it’s best to bring in a professional for regular checks.