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The Importance of Kitchen Summer Servicing: Fridge Maintenance

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With the current Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of restaurants are either closed or offering take away and delivery services to their customers.  Either way, they are not working to full capacity, therefore this is an ideal time for catering businesses to carry out a thorough assessment of cleanliness and hygiene standards and to arrange for the preventative maintenance, repairs and servicing of their commercial kitchen equipment, particularly their refrigeration.

During this quieter time, work can be carried out by commercial catering engineers who will be able to work quicker and more efficiently without disrupting your service times. Once the work is done, you will also have the peace of mind that your equipment is in the best of health and ready to resume work as soon as lockdown restrictions are reduced, as well as prevent any breakdowns or repairs during hotter months.

Time to plan for the summer

As summer is approaching and we have already had the hottest Spring on record, it’s particularly important to look at organising commercial fridge servicing and repairs for all refrigeration and ice units. These are often overlooked in catering kitchens whose focus can be on ensuring their ovens, grills and cooking suites are in excellent working order.

Commercial refrigeration is a vital part of any commercial kitchen and shouldn’t be overlooked when organising planned preventative maintenance. With the promise of warmer weather and the possibility of restaurants soon being able to reopen, it is vital to keep ice machines and fridges at the correct working temperature, to keep food safe and customers happy. It is also a good opportunity to have any commercial fridge repairs carried out that may have been on the to-do list for a while.

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Why is commercial fridge servicing important?

Planned preventative maintenance is an important factor for commercial kitchens to consider for all their catering equipment. Regular servicing will improve the performance of the equipment, extend its life and most importantly, ensure that it is in optimum condition for the busy summer months.

If the business has been closed completely during lockdown, and a full kitchen reopening is planned, it is more important than ever to carry out a comprehensive service on refrigeration units that may have been switched off for long periods as problems can occur when they are restarted.

Failure to carry out servicing and maintenance could result in mould growths and bacterial contamination once the fridge is recommissioned.

There are some steps which you can take to help with your refrigeration:

  1. Switch them back on 24 hours before refilling with food and supplies
  2. Thoroughly sanitise and disinfect the units
  3. Pay attention to the seals and any unusual noises or signs of overheating.
  4. Temperatures should be recorded regularly to ensure that the optimum point is reached before the equipment is put into full use again.
Bar Pub Refrigeration Maintenance
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Commercial Kitchen Cabinet Refrigeration Maintenance
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Safe servicing in line with government guidelines

As your trusted and reliable commercial refrigeration engineers, TAG offers a quick and efficient handling of your maintenance and repairs. Our dedicated service department works quickly to make sure that we are on-site when you expect us.

We also operate a 2-hour emergency call out response time for equipment repairs so you can count on us when it matters. We offer flexible maintenance and servicing contracts, and will schedule regular visits, giving you the peace of mind that your equipment will be looked after so that you do not have to worry about remembering to book us.

In line with government guidance on social distancing and hygiene regulations, our teams are fully trained and compliant with all safety standards, including wearing the appropriate PPE and using hand sanitiser.

They are available to arrive to work onsite from 5am which will enable our customers to give them adequate space to work whilst adhering to physical distancing rules.

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