Common Commercial Refrigeration Issues

For local businesses that require commercial refrigeration equipment, that equipment represents a significant investment and is a crucial element of the business’ operations.

Even the highest-quality commercial refrigeration equipment requires maintenance, or can malfunction or need repairs.

When your business depends on your cooler or freezer continuing to function effectively, it helps to be aware of common problems affecting commercial refrigeration equipment, as well as their solutions.

Common Commercial Refrigeration Issues

Refrigerator Temperature Problems

Keeping food cool is the main function of your cooler or freezer. When commercial refrigeration equipment can’t maintain the proper temperature, that’s a big problem!

If your refrigerator isn’t cooling correctly, you may have a refrigerant leak, bad seals on the doors, a compressor or thermostat problem, or your equipment may be placed too close to the wall to circulate air properly.

You may need an HVAC/R professional’s help to diagnose and repair the problem.

Compressor and Evaporator Issues

Your refrigerator will only work if the compressor and evaporator are functioning properly.

Clean them regularly, following the instructions in your owner’s manual.

If the condenser is running hot or the evaporator is freezing up, have it examined by a certified technician.

Ice or Frost on Equipment

Your commercial refrigeration equipment is supposed to be cold, so you might be surprised to hear that ice or frost on its components is actually a sign that something is wrong.

A refrigerant leak is the likely culprit – your technician can find and fix it.

If your commercial refrigeration equipment isn’t functioning correctly, it’s time to contact a repair company like Precision Temperature, your San Diego-area heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration experts.

We know you’re invested in your business, so we are, too! Ask us about our maintenance agreement to make sure your refrigeration equipment is getting the regular maintenance it needs to help prevent costly breakdowns in the future.

Use our online contact form or give us a call at (619) 588-5321.


  • Shayla Cademis
    Posted July 18, 2019 8:18 am 0Likes

    Thanks for mentioning that ice or frost on commercial refrigeration equipment could be a sign that something is wrong. My sister-in-law is thinking about opening a small restaurant and is currently researching refrigeration issues and companies to help mitigate those concerns. Hopefully she can find a great local company who can help her keep the fridge in great working order!

  • Randy Chorvack
    Posted August 5, 2019 10:17 am 0Likes

    I agree when you say to clean your compressor and evaporator regularly. Keeping something clean is the best way to increase its lifespan, especially something with a lot of parts like a commercial fridge. I’ll make sure I keep mine clean so that I can keep it running smoothly.

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