How to improve commercial refrigeration efficiency

Whether you’re the manager of a local convenience store, restaurant, or hotel chain, it’s important to maximise the efficiency of your commercial refrigeration equipment. Not only will this help to avoid food spoilage and waste, but it will also significantly improve the day-to-day performance of the refrigeration system – reducing your average energy costs and saving on the costs of repairs.

In the following blog, we offer top tips on how to improve your commercial refrigeration efficiency and explore how our team of experts, here at J&M Refrigeration, can help with this ongoing process.

5 tips to improve commercial refrigeration efficiency

1. Check the doors regularly

If the door seals and gaskets on your commercial refrigerator have become worn or damaged, cool air will start to escape from the unit. This can also happen if the door has become misaligned, and it can have a very negative effect on the system’s overall efficiency.

Try to check the seals on your commercial fridge door on a regular basis, perhaps by feeling for any draughts of air or inspecting the inside of the unit for condensation and moisture. If you suspect a seal or gasket has been compromised, it is a good idea to replace this as soon as possible.

2. Avoid unit overcrowding

It can be tempting to load your commercial refrigeration unit with lots of products; however, overcrowding can have a very detrimental effect on the system’s efficiency. It will need to work much harder to circulate cold air and, as such, it will start to use excessive amounts of energy.

You should limit the number of products that are stored or displayed at any one time and try not to push items to the back or sides of the unit, as this can hinder the overall circulation of air.

3. Choose an ideal location for the unit

Placing your commercial refrigerator in a warm environment can significantly affect its efficiency and effectiveness. Essentially, the system will need to work harder – and for longer periods of time – in order to keep your products cold and this is bad news for your future energy bills.

It’s a good idea to consider the location of your new equipment carefully. Make sure there is adequate space around the unit as this helps air circulation, and try not to position the unit in a naturally warm environment (e.g. a kitchen) or next to hot machinery and equipment (e.g. an oven).

4. Keep it clean and in full working order

It is vital that you care for your commercial refrigeration equipment properly. A build-up of dust can block airflow and lead to maintenance issues and, as such, the unit should be cleaned on a regular basis. You should also arrange a professional service for your system, at least once every six months.

Here at J&M Refrigeration, we currently offer a range of planned preventative maintenance contracts. These contracts are designed to make sure that everything is in full working order, reducing the chance of equipment failure and optimising the efficiency of your system.

5. Upgrade whenever possible

Due to advances in technology, commercial refrigeration equipment has come a long way in the last decade. Units are now 85% more efficient than they once were and, if you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to upgrade. You may be reluctant to spend money on a brand new system, but it is a very worthwhile investment and can lead to fantastic savings in the long run.

J&M Refrigeration has a comprehensive range of energy-efficient commercial refrigeration products to choose from. Whatever the specific needs of your industry, we can recommend the best upgrade for you, and our experts can provide advice and guidance on how to maintain its efficiency.

Get in touch with J&M Refrigeration today!

If you would like to find out more about commercial refrigeration efficiency and the products and services currently available at J&M, please feel free to get in touch. Either call us today on 0121 544 0555 or send an email to and we will respond as soon as possible.

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