Categories: commercial refrigeration
We are in the thick of summer and temps are soaring in the 100’s on a daily basis. Higher temps mean your equipment works harder and is pushed to its limit some days. The number one thing that you do NOT want to happen in the middle of summer is a piece of equipment shutting down on you. Larger grocery store chains plan for hot summers and have preventative programs in place to make sure their equipment is functioning properly for their customers. Scheduled Maintenance plans, or “PM’s”, can make a world of difference when it comes to the durability and efficiency of your equipment. Having a reliable and knowledgeable refrigeration maintenance provider is important too. At Almcoe, we work with each individual customer, whether it be a large grocery chain or a small mom and pop c-store, to create a PM schedule that fits their needs and budget. Some customers choose to do PM’s only once a year, usually right before summer. Others make a point to do them quarterly on both refrigeration and HVAC systems. Choosing not to do a PM can cost you a lot of money and customers.
When settng up your PM with your refrigeraton provider, there are a few things to consider:
- How often do you want to do your PM’s?
- What is your budget?
- What equipment you want your refrigeration provider to inspect.
- If repairs are needed, how you want that information delivered to you? (quotes already done, list of repairs, etc.)
Talk to your refrigeration provider about setting up a PM program that will work for your store. You pay a lot of money for the equipment in your store and you expect it to run and work without problems. By cleaning a coil here and tightening a belt there, you can prolong the life of your equipment and minimize product loss.