While industrial equipment comes with major upfront costs, the good news is, it’s typically built to last. Well-maintained commercial refrigeration systems tend to last more than a decade. Because of the costs associated with this type of equipment, people tend to keep these items until the wheels— or doors — fall off. However, there will come a day when it’s time to replace your commercial freezer. Here is our advice for figuring out if it’s time for a replacement or if a repair will be more cost-effective.
Check the Life Expectancy
Before deciding whether to repair or replace your commercial freezer, figure out how long it’s supposed to last. The average lifespan of a freezer is 16 years, but this can vary depending on how well it’s maintained. If you’re the first owner and have consistently kept up with day-to-day cleaning and scheduled maintenance, it could last even longer. The closer your freezer is to the end of its life, the more costly repairs will become. To avoid costly repairs or an untimely replacement, we recommend annual professional inspections, a defrost and deep clean every 6 months, and setting the thermostat between 0 and 5 degrees unless otherwise specified.
See if it Just Needs Repair
When machinery becomes frustrating, it can be tempting to throw the whole thing out and start over. However, repairs are sometimes the better way to go. If your freezer starts malfunctioning in the first few years, it could be covered under warranty. If the repair isn’t covered, it may still be less expensive than you anticipate. A good gauge of whether it’s time for a repair or replacement is whether the cost of the repair is more than half the price of a new unit.
Look at Your Energy Bills
If you see a sudden spike in your electricity bill, heavy machinery is probably the culprit. Refrigeration takes up significant amounts of energy, so it’s worth looking into more energy-efficient refrigerator and freezer units. Those manufactured before 1993 are not built to be energy efficient, and ones made between 1993 and 1999 should be replaced if your area has high energy usage rates. Technology continues to improve, so buying a newer model will save you on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
Signs That it’s Time
One clear sign that it’s time for a new freezer is a spike in your energy bills. This happens when your system runs constantly, overworking itself to maintain the proper temperature. Food spoilage is also a good indication, since this shows that there’s an issue with temperature regulation, which is costly to repair. Aside from these obvious signs, look for more subtle indicators like puddles or excess frost. These can be related to costly problems like broken seals, insulation problems, air leaks and thermostat issues. If it’s time to replace any part of your commercial refrigeration system in St. Cloud, our team can help.
Our All Temp team is here to help with commercial St. Cloud refrigeration maintenance. We also offer 24/7 emergency repair. Contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800 to schedule an appointment.