How Do I Choose a Commercial Fridge?

Before we start, you may be wondering if you can use a domestic fridge instead of buying a commercial fridge. In short a domestic fridge simply will not have the power to cope with a commercial kitchen environment, as the power of the compressor is designed around the frequency the fridge door is opened. Each time the door is opened the compressor has to kick in and regulate the internal temperature of the fridge. A domestic fridge will not be able to keep up with commercial use and so will pose a food safety hazard and it will also need more maintenance and repair which works out less cost effective.

So, back to choosing your commercial fridge whirlpool refrigerator repair pasadena, have you decided what type of fridge you are looking for? There are so many different types available, single door upright cabinet, under counter fridge with worktop, blast chiller, or are you looking for a specialist display fridge such as a wine cooler or sandwich chiller? Go online and look at some of the manufacturers product ranges as this will help you to narrow down the selection to a type of fridge that meets your requirements.

Once you have an idea on the type of fridge you will need, then you can measure the available space to get an idea on the size of the fridge. Measure height, length and depth and allow for a couple of inches around the unit for airflow. People often forget to measure depth and end up with a fridge that sticks out beyond their other kitchen appliances.

What is the cubic feet of the fridge you are looking at and have you found a fridge that meets your needs? As commercial refrigerators will use up more energy than domestic fridges make sure you are buying for the correct capacity and not buying anything too big. Talk to the manufacturers as they will have some good advice for you. Manufacturers will look at the foods you are storing and the type of kitchen you are running and will be able to calculate the capacity and power you will need.

Take time to consider the shelves, what is the maximum weight they can hold and is that appropriate for your usage? How many shelves are there and can they be adjusted? Your requirements may vary as seasons change and produce will vary in size, which may mean you need the flexibility to change the shelves around.

Once you have narrowed your choice down take a look online and see if you can read any reviews on the products, but don’t take the reviews at face value as everyone’s circumstances are different and it may not apply to you.

Finally look into operating costs, service costs, warranties and ask about service network for repairs and assistance as these can all vary and may be the decision maker between two fridges.

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