Although many business owners maintain a "set-it-and-forget-it" view of their restaurant equipment, your commercial refrigeration systems need regular maintenance to function properly. Tech-24, an experienced commercial refrigerator repair service serving locations throughout the U.S., answers some frequently asked questions about refrigerator coils in the sections below. Their responses should help you keep your store or restaurant equipment in optimal shape and minimize your appliance repair needs.
Commercial Refrigeration FAQs
What Are Refrigerator Coils?
The coils of your commercial refrigerator are an essential part the appliance's cooling system. Put simply, a refrigerator absorbs heat from inside the unit using one set of coils, transfers it outside, and radiates the heat away from the unit using another set of coils. The medium it uses to absorb and transfer heat is a fluid called a "refrigerant."
What's the Difference Between Evaporator Coils & Condenser Coils?
When the refrigerant absorbs heat, it "evaporates," or shifts its state from liquid to gas. This causes the interior “evaporator” coils through which the refrigerant flows to cool rapidly. A fan blows air over the evaporator coils to cool the interior. Meanwhile, the gaseous refrigerant flows through pipes out to the exterior "condenser" coils, where it condenses back to liquid form, releasing the heat it collected. Air is blown over the condenser coils to dissipate the heat.
Why Should You Clean the Refrigerator Coils?
For the continuous cycle of evaporation and condensation to work, the coils must be able to collect and expel the heat. Dirty coils inhibit heat transfer and make the process far less efficient. By cleaning the coils once or twice a year, you can avoid expensive refrigerator repairs and other consequences.
What Are the Consequences of Failure to Clean the Coils?
Dirty evaporator coils could prevent your refrigerator from staying cool, leading to food spoilage. This uses more energy than necessary and raises your utility costs. Dirty condenser coils could cause your fridge to work harder than it should, leading to overheating, breakdowns, and a shortened equipment life span.
Tech-24, the nation’s premier refrigerator repair service, can help you keep your store or restaurant equipment operating as it should. Visit the website to learn more about the company, or call (919) 205-4419 to schedule service, and click here to find the location closest to you.