How Often Should You Maintain Your Commercial Refrigeration Unit?

Commercial refrigeration units have an average lifespan of 10-15 years. However, a unit can last upwards of 20 years with proper maintenance. Since proper care extends the life of a unit, it’s essential you know the best practices to get the most use out of your commercial refrigeration unit.

Maintenance Frequency

The best way to extend and preserve the life of commercial refrigeration equipment is to frequently clean it and repair any issues as they come up. Make sure you thoroughly clean it every 3-6 months for most units.

During these frequent cleanings, you want to do a few things:

  1. Empty the cooler and turn off the air conditioning.
  2. Wipe down all surfaces and mop the floors.
  3. Check the condenser coil and drain pans for blockages and leaks.
  4. Ensure electrical connections are safe and covered.
  5. Let everything dry before returning items to the shelves.
  6. Organize your food based on similarity (e.g., vegetables and fruits can be together, but meat and dairy should be in separate areas.

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Deep, thorough cleanings are the best way to look for problems you would otherwise miss with a full cooler. However, there is one major problem you can quickly see without cleaning out the fridge and freezers, and that is the door gaskets.

Gaskets are essential for maintaining the required internal temperature in a refrigeration system and preserving consumable goods. However, a gasket with holes, tears, or loss of magnetic seal is as good as gone–they won’t help your unit at all. To avoid catastrophic energy bills, replace your gaskets quarterly.

Hire a Repair Service for Help

One of the best ways to stay on top of regular commercial refrigeration maintenance is to hire a repair service. When you hire a company like PGS, you lighten your load and let us care for the more minor problems.

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But that doesn’t mean you’re out of the loop. PGS offers excellent services like Preventative Maintenance Program and Smart Check that work by communicating with the business, informing them of any issues regarding your commercial refrigerators, and providing tips for proper maintenance. So before we fix any problems, we check with each business first.


You must conduct routine maintenance and repairs on your commercial refrigeration equipment. After spending thousands of dollars on each commercial refrigerator, you want them to last as long as possible–upwards of 20 years. To reach this point, hire a refrigeration service that can take care of regular maintenance for you, so you can focus on the more significant problems and keep your business running. Contact us today to set up your maintenance plan.