As we are starting to see a return to a “new normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic, we will soon see many shops and restaurants start to open their doors again. This will likely be for a limited number of customers all adhering to social distancing rules, so you will have to dust off the cobwebs of your commercial refrigerator. Before getting ahead of yourself and diving straight back into business, it is crucial to check that your refrigerator will work efficiently during this current climate.
Here at J&M Refrigeration, we are on hand with the questions you should be asking about your refrigeration unit before you open your doors to customers.
Does my refrigerator need repairing?
There are many technical faults that can appear if you turn your refrigerator on again after a long period of inactivity. If you have not cleaned your refrigerator since lockdown began, then you may see a huge amount of dust and grime waiting for you on your return! Dust can often get into the ducts and ventilators of a refrigerator, as well as clogging up the coils that allow the temperature of your choice to be reached.
If this happens to be the case, then you may need a refrigeration repair service like J&M Refrigeration to come out and take a look at your system, and get it repaired in time for when your business is expected to open up again.
With social distancing rules in place and all of the relevant and necessary safety precautions, the commercial fridge repair team at J&M can take a look at any refrigeration unit and lend our expertise to repair the fault in next to no time.
Carefully examine your stock
Especially poignant in a restaurant is the shelf life of your food, which has to be safely and swiftly disposed of it starts to deteriorate in condition. With restrictions likely in the number of customers, you will be allowed to service, make sure that you stock the correct amount of perishable produce.
A reduced menu may be a solution to this to ensure that all of your stock has been used. This may mean that your refrigeration unit is less than half of its full capacity, but until your business can truly flourish once again, it is better than nothing!
Stringent kitchen hygiene protocol
With health and safety measures being taken to a whole new level due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there should be more and more emphasis on the cleanliness of your whole facilities. This is especially true in the kitchen, where food is prepared to be consumed by your customers. This means that your kitchen should be deep cleaned as much as possible, with special focus on areas in which meat is prepared.
This is also true for your commercial refrigeration unit, which should be destocked and all surfaces cleaned thoroughly before any items is put back in. We are sure that these routine procedures would have been done before lockdown, but now more than ever it is important to take good care of your commercial or restaurant fridge!
If you spot a fault in your refrigeration unit and would like it seen to immediately, the team at J&M Refrigeration are on hand to help right away. We offer a 24/7 nationwide call out service that allows you to seek immediate relief if you are “losing your cool” over your unit! Or if you are looking to purchase a commercial refrigerator for your own premises, be sure to get in touch with one of our experts!