Commercial Refrigeration Installation on the Sunshine Coast
There are strict rules and regulations that govern the food service industry. It is recommended that the installation and service of commercial refrigeration equipment be carried out by a qualified refrigeration mechanic on the Sunshine Coast. For restaurants, cafes, and other food service businesses having perishable food stored at the correct temperature is critical.
The primary purpose of refrigeration is to slow the growth of harmful bacteria. While the purpose of a freezer is to stop the growth of bacteria all together. Understanding the best temperatures for both slowing and stopping bacteria growth is crucial to running your refrigerator or freezer at maximum efficiency.
The ideal temperature for the refrigeration of perishable foods, is from 2 to 7 degrees Celsius. This is the standard operation range of commercial refrigeration units. Temperatures lower than 2 degrees C run the risk of freezing milk or dairy items which may affect their taste. While temperatures above 7 degrees C may spoil the milk or dairy products.
Keep in mind that the ideal temperature range applies to both reach-in and walk in cold rooms.
Freezers are different since the idea is to totally stop the growth of bacteria. Also, there are certain types of foods that need to be frozen such as ice cream. What follows are three types of freezers and their ideal temperature ranges.
All Freezers are kept at well below 0 degrees C. What this does is provide some room for fluctuation when the door is opened or when someone enters a walk-in unit. The larger the unit, the more it may fluctuate in temperature because of the space. For large walk-in units, you may have to wait a full day before adjusting the temperature and when the space inside reaches the new desired temperature. Consult with your commercial refrigeration technician on what is the best temperature.
Installation, General Maintenance & Servicing Refrigerator units
One issue with commercial refrigeration installation is that the thermostat inside the unit is most often located near the door. This may give a false temperature reading of what is inside the unit, especially after the doors have been opened. You may need to give it five or ten minutes before the temperature inside settles to its true state.
Otherwise, you may be calling for maintenance services that are not needed. A temporary warm up inside a refrigerator unit or freezer does not necessarily spoil the food. Be sure to double-check first before calling for maintenance or repair services. In the meantime, educate your staff about the importance of minimizing the times in which the doors to refrigerators or freezers are opened.
You may want to install additional thermostats for units that store food that is highly sensitive to temperature changes. This will provide an early warning in case something is wrong.
A qualified commercial refrigeration, installation and service company on the Sunshine Coast can provide you with durable units that will last for many years. Combined with the proper maintenance and knowledge, your refrigeration and freezer units may last for a long time.