With an abundance of hot and sunny weather, Perth has an almost constant demand for ice to fill eskys and ice tubs the city over. Given our love for outdoor entertaining, life just wouldn’t be the same without a portable and cost effective way to keep food & drinks cool. That’s why becoming an Eco Ice retailer is a great way of adding an extra revenue stream to your business. If you do, there are a few things that you can do to ensure your Eco Ice freezer keeps running smoothly and avoid having to call out the refrigeration mechanic.
Read on to find out more about our 5 expert refrigeration repair & maintenance tips.
Check Your Gasket
The gasket is the sealed strip between the door and in interior of your freezer. If it gets torn or damaged, warm air can seep in from outside and cause extra moisture to form inside. This can ultimately affect the way the freezer cools itself.
A simple way to test your gasket is to put a bank note between the fridge door and gasket and then close it. If it doesn’t slide out, your gasket is working properly.
Clean Your Condenser Coils
Located underneath or at the back of your freezer, condenser coils are an essential part of the cooling mechanism. When dust and debris collects on them (which happens frequently, especially if your freezer is located outside), they can overheat and affect the performance of your freezer.
Cleaning them every 6 months or so won’t only ensure that your freezer continues to work properly, it can also save you on your electricity bill as well.
Lubricate Your Door
The door is the most commonly used part of the freezer. It’s also one of the most important parts of the whole machine. Using a food-grade lubrication on the hinges will not only make it easier to use, it’ll also prolong their lifespan and make sure that your able to keep the freezer cold and functioning properly.
Defrost & Deodorize
While it can take a bit of time and effort, defrosting and cleaning your freezer once a year can save you lots in maintenance and repair costs in the long run. If it’s a self-defrosting model, remove the defrost pans and clean them with warm water and a cloth. If the unit is not self-defrosting, you’ll need to remove its contents, unplug it and allow the frost to melt before cleaning with water and a cloth.
Stop & Listen
If you hear an unusual rattling or buzzing sound coming from your freezer, don’t ignore it! It could be coming from your evaporator and condenser fans, and if they’re making a rattling noise it means that they’re not functioning properly. This can lead to much more serious problems down the line.
Contacting a refrigeration mechanic early on can be the difference between a simple, relatively cheap repair and some more major, costly work later on.
We hope that these maintenance and repair tips come in handy. There’s nothing worse than a fridge or freezer breaking down on a hot Perth summer day! If you want to know more about becoming and Eco Ice retailer, get in touch with us today!