Should You Replace the Hinges on Your Commercial Fridge Door If You're Running into Trouble?

Posted on: 15 March 2022

You probably have a large-scale commercial fridge unit on premises if you run a food distribution business or a busy city restaurant. You will make great use of this fridge, and it may have to deal with a lot of abuse through daily wear and tear and constant opening and closing. What are some of the key problems to look out for if you want your fridge to remain operational and avoid any unwanted breakdowns? In addition, should you consider a hinge upgrade to make life as easy as possible for this valued appliance?

Regular Maintenance

When people think about the individual parts of the fridge in the light of essential maintenance, they will probably focus on the "engine," or in other words, the compressor, condenser and evaporator. Of course, these parts must be kept in good condition at all times, clear of contamination and with air vents unobstructed. Yet just as much attention should be paid to the main door as if problems arise here, they could affect the integrity and potentially spoil the valued contents.

Hardware Inspection

On a regular basis, get into the habit of inspecting the door, its surroundings and all the hardware. Practice regular maintenance that includes cleaning the surface of the door gaskets (including folded areas) using soap and water. It's essential to get rid of any dirt or grime before it builds up and causes an issue. As the gaskets need to be flexible and are made from a degradable material, then, from time to time, they may become stiff or crack, and if so, they will have to be replaced.

Hinge Maintenance or Replacement

What type of hinges does your walk-in fridge feature? If they are standard, you will need to lubricate them in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. If you find that they are playing up and that it is not always easy to close the door correctly, consider fitting heavy-duty versions instead. The best hinges in this situation will probably have a cam lift operation that is self-lubricating and is designed for smooth operation. The hinges are spring assisted, which makes it easier to open the doors, and due to the way the nylon cam works, you're likely to see less gasket wear.

Expert Attention

Bring in a commercial fridge repair specialist if you run into problems that you cannot deal with or you would like to replace the hinges. In addition to carrying out the needed work, they will advise you about ongoing maintenance and help you avoid any problems in the future.

For more information on commercial refrigeration repair, contact a specialist.


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