Tips for Commercial and Industrial Sales and Service of Refrigeration Equipment
When your refrigerator breaks down, you'll very likely need to replace some individual parts rather than purchase a new unit. However, if your refrigerator has multiple failures, then buying a whole new model might be necessary. Here are a few tips to remember when shopping for a commercial refrigerator, commercial freezer, walk-in cooler or other refrigeration equipment:
Tip #1: Investigate all brands of commercial refrigerators.
Like most products, some refrigerator manufacturers are reputable, and some aren't. Some have long histories; some haven't. Some receive predominately positive reviews; some don't. You can research the brand by visiting consumer report websites and asking repair services which brands and models have the fewest problems. Also, different brands are more suited to different needs. Research which brands feature products with strengths that best suit your needs.
Tip #2: Consider the placement of the condensing unit.
Both bottom mounted and top mounted condensing units have their benefits. Bottom mounted condensing units are more likely to collect dirt and debris, but the bottom shelf of the cooler is more easily accessible. Top mounted condensing units, on the other hand, don't attract as much debris.
Tip #3: Measure both the internal and external dimensions of your refrigerator.
Just because the new unit takes up as much external space as the old unit, that doesn't mean that the internal dimensions are comparable. Make sure that the refrigerator has the appropriate storage capacity.
Tip #4: Read the terms of the factory warranties.
Obviously, warranties that provide long term coverage of all parts and defects are more desirable than limited, specialized warranties, but the service network is just as important. If the company that manufactures the refrigeration unit has a small service network, then that might mean long wait times for repairs.
Tip #5: Check with your refrigerator's manufacturer or distributor before buying off brand parts.
The manufacturer of your commercial refrigerator will prefer you buy their parts, but if those parts are on back order or if you have a discontinued older model, always ask the manufacturer which parts will work best with your refrigeration unit.