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Troubleshooting Commercial Refrigeration Problems

Keeping product out of the danger zone and ready for preparation on the line is one of the most important tasks facing any commercial kitchen, and your Troubleshooting Commercial Refrigeration Problemscommercial refrigeration units play a critical role.

Maintaining and fixing the refrigeration units in your restaurant can be expensive, which is why it’s all the more important for you to be able to fix common issues that come up quickly without wasting a lot of time waiting for help.

Here’s a list of common commercial refrigeration issues and how to address them:

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15 Responses to Troubleshooting Commercial Refrigeration Problems

  1. Don Moyer December 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    This is a great group of articles. As any restaurant owner knows, keeping your refrigeration is crucial. Not only can poorly performing refrigeration ruin product but it can lead to health problems if your establishment inadvertently uses spoiled food.

  2. jeff December 28, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    I have a barker cooler case, sometimes the lights will not come on….
    any idea’s

    thanks

    • Greg McGuire December 29, 2009 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Jeff,

      Sounds like you have a loose connection – either the bulbs themselves are loose or the wires to the socket are loose or are grounding out.

  3. michel rossignol April 1, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    my federal refrigerated bakery showcase is too humid does anyone have a solution?

  4. steve wehmann April 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Having a problem with the temperture in a GE profile artica. The vegetable crisper is freezing the vegetables in the refrigerator, even when the settings in the refer and freezer are both set at “1″. Any ideas to correct, or is this just a product flaw?

    • Greg McGuire April 9, 2010 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for submitting your question. Unfortunately, our area of expertise on this blog is for commercial refrigeration units. I wouldn’t want to steer you wrong with a residential unit. I would recommend looking up troubleshooting tips on GE’s site.

  5. Steve July 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    comp would not run,cond fan runs only . temp rise in side the box.

  6. PATTY May 19, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    hI THERE—–I HAVE A TORREY BRAND FREEZER THAT IS PRETTY NEW, BOUGHT FROM GEORGIA ABOUT 7 MONTHS AGO
    LATELY ITS TEMPERATURE IS BEEN FLEXUATING TO MUCH.
    WHATS YOUR THOUGHTS?
    THANKS

    • Greg McGuire May 19, 2011 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Patty,

      Check the door gaskets first – if they are worn or cracked then you may be getting temperature fluctuations due to leakage. If the gaskets are good then I would replace the thermostat. See this Back Burner article for more information on replacing thermostats: http://blog.etundra.com/commercial-refrigeration-thermostats/

  7. John Enos August 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Hello, I have a commercial refrigerator cant be any older then 5 years and in good shape. The problem I am having is I set the digital temperature to 40degrees as its always been set and the temp. just keeps dropping to freezing levels. it dropped to 19 degrees. it happened once about 6months ago then once about 2 months ago. i unplugged it shook a couple wires around and everything was fine. but now it does it all the time, acting like a freezer now. any suggestions. i am formiliar with all the basic parts as i was in the HVAC field for a I dont have the unit info with me if needed let me know.

    • maggie October 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      having the same problem. someone help

      • Tundra Restaurant Supply October 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

        It sounds like there’s a thermostat/temp control issue. It’s like the cooking end, where you have a runaway thermostat that does not cycle off and keeps heating. And with refrigerators, because it isn’t cycling off, it just keeps cooling. It also will prevent you from being able to defrost. We’d recommend replacing your thermostat.

  8. Mr.Hakime March 2, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Hello..please help me..what must i do,because my comercial refrigerator is cold but not Frost..please…?

    • Tundra Restaurant Supply October 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Mr. Hakime,

      When was the last time the condenser coils were cleaned? If there’s dust & dirt build-up it will effect how the unit cools. Try cleaning the condenser coils, and see if that helps. If not, it’s likely the thermostat.

  9. marc smith June 14, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    Own a Vendor (model G319) and it’s not getting as cold as it used to. I already cleaned the condenser coils.

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