Kitchen Equipment Spotlight: How to Maintain a Commercial Freezer

January 21, 2019

Your commercial freezer can be a lifeline for your restaurant. Safe food storage is vital, and a high-quality freezer is essential kitchen equipment.

However, a freezer is only as good as the maintenance that goes into it. Without proper care, your freezer will become inefficient, fail to hold the right temperature, or perhaps break entirely.

Whether you’ve chosen an excellent quality used freezer or a new unit, here’s what you need to know to keep it running well for years.


Keep the Freezer Organized

Organization is not a nuts-and-bolts tip, but it’s just as important as any physical maintenance.

If you don’t have an organized freezer, you’re probably wasting energy. Unused corners and uneven packing makes your freezer’s coils and motor work far too hard.

Also, if you don’t have a good system for bringing out frozen food in a timely manner, you could end up with food waste, mold, and other problems. Without great organization, there’s no way to know what should be brought out next.

Of course, as a freezer is used throughout the night and through the week, it will quickly get disorganized and cluttered. Make sure you include cleaning up and resetting the freezer in your closing protocol so that this important kitchen equipment is ready for the next day.


Clean the Freezer Regularly

You should clean the shelves, walls, and floor daily or weekly. All spills need to be cleaned right away, and it’s important not to use harsh chemicals. Chemicals can damage the metal or seals of the freezer, causing it to fail and need repairs much sooner.

Every six months the coils of your freezer should be cleaned. This is not usually difficult. You simply need an employee to clean them with soapy water and a bristle brush.

This will help your freezer maintain the right temperature over time. It also this kitchen equipment last longer.


Check for Leaks and Cracks Regularly

Having a freezer technician come in and inspect the unit every six months can give you a lot of peace of mind.

Here are some things to do at least twice a year:

  • Check lines for condensation
  • Clean fan blades and check motor
  • Check insulation integrity
  • Look for air leaks in cracks, holes, and seals
  • Ensure electrical connections are secure
  • Clear drain lines
  • Calibrate thermometers
  • Check ice filters and clean all ice maker components

You can afford to have this kitchen equipment break down. Taking preventative steps now will save you a ton of time, money, and headaches later!


Upgrade Your Kitchen Equipment If Needed

Even with the very best maintenance, no freezer will last forever. Eventually, it will need to be replaced. You might also find that you need additional kitchen equipment if you’re expanding or remodeling your kitchen.

If you want some quotes on the equipment you need or help with layout and arrangements, we are here to help. Tipton Equipment has been serving Little Rock restaurants for many years. Contact us for more information today!

Should You Add a Food Truck to Your Restaurant?

If your restaurant is doing well, you might be thinking about opening a second location. After all, that’s usually the next step when it’s time to expand, right? Before you jump in, though, consider another option. Maybe having a food truck would be a better choice....

read more

Take Advantage of Your Customer’s Technology

Some restaurant owners hate seeing customers snapping photos of food – it means that the food isn’t eaten at its best, and sometimes it’s a sign of a table that’s going to be slow to turn over. Then there are other owners and managers who see an opportunity. The truth...

read more

How to Reduce Turnover at Your Restaurant

Having the right employees can make or break your restaurant. You can have the best food and kitchen supplies, but tension in the back of the house can cause delays, poor morale, and even the loss of key staff. You can have a beautiful dining room, but surly wait...

read more

Should Your Commercial Kitchen Consider Catering?

As a business owner, it’s important to always be looking for new ways to grow your business. There are a lot of ways to do this, and one of the most common for many restaurants is catering. Of course, catering changes how your commercial kitchen runs a lot of the...

read more

Why Your Restaurant Needs an App

We know, you’re a restaurant owner, not a developer or programmer. Let other people worry about apps, you just want to run your restaurant! The truth is if you want to have a successful establishment, you have to take advantage of the technology that brings people in....

read more

Choosing the Right Sink for Your Restaurant

There are many, many pieces of kitchen equipment that are vital but often taken for granted. The kitchen sink is one of them. This workhorse of the back of the house handles a lot of jobs. Sinks give you running water as well as a place to wash either food or dishes....

read more

Restaurant Supplies You Need to Add Delivery

Delivery services are becoming more and more popular, and that’s generally good news for restaurants. The ability to order online and receive food in the comfort of home drives up sales and that’s good for revenue. And when these sales don’t require additional tables,...

read more

Should You Add a Salad Bar to Your Restaurant?

New Year’s is a prime time for resolutions – and one of the most common is to eat healthier and lose weight. In fact, for 2018 45% of Americans said they wanted to lose weight or get in shape for the new year. The new year might have you eyeing new options for your...

read more

How to Overcome the Seasonal Rollercoaster

Are you tired of having huge swings in your business throughout the year? Do you wish you could just have consistent, easy-to-predict income? If so, it’s time for you to get off of the seasonal rollercoaster. You might think there’s nothing you can do to overcome the...

read more

The Restaurant Supplies and Strategies You Need in 2019

Are you ready for the new year? If you’re like many restaurant owners, you’re thinking about how to get through the holiday rush – both in your restaurant and in your own life. However, you can’t overlook planning for the future. It’s vital to make sure you have the...

read more

2018 Cooking Equipment Holiday Gift Guide

Do you know someone who loves to cook? Or are you looking for a new, special piece of cooking equipment for yourself? Whether you’re interested in home cooking or you run a restaurant, you can benefit from these gift ideas. These great cooking items will thrill...

read more

Accommodating the Keto Diet at Your Restaurant

The keto diet – a low-carb, high-fat combination – has been gaining a lot of traction in the last couple of years. As a restaurant, it’s vital that you are able to accommodate your diners’ needs. More than that, having popular options on the menu can help bring people...

read more

Restaurant Supplies You Need to Prepare for a Power Outage

It happens to all of us. You’re going on, doing just fine, and suddenly…Dark. The power is out. And of course, you have no idea how long it will last. Fortunately, you have the restaurant supplies and process in place to weather the storm without losing your...

read more

Considerations when Converting a Food Truck to a Restaurant

Your food truck has been successful, and you have a loyal following. So loyal, in fact, that you struggle to serve them all each day. Customers have started to ask you when you’re going to open a restaurant. It started as a teasing suggestion, but it’s become more...

read more