What can you do to be more energy efficient?
The position of the fridge or freezer can have an impact on its efficiency, so it makes sense to keep it as far away from any ovens and direct sunlight as possible. As if it gets too hot the condenser unit has to work longer and harder to keep things chilled or frozen.
Is there adequate ventilation surrounding the unit? Ensure clearance of at least 50 mm(check manufacturers guidelines for your fridge or freezer) around the unit and 500mm for top mounted systems and do not block vents on top or in front of unit refrigerator repair pasadena.
Finally, keep the refrigerator level as this will help the door gasket seal properly keeping any cooled air from leaking out.
Also, ensure food is evenly distributed and that air can circulate around and between loads this will allow the fridge to reach the required temperature much more quickly.
If the fridge is close to empty then fill the gaps with bottles of water to keep the refrigerator running at an efficient rate as the more empty space in the fridge the more work the compressor does to keep that extra air cool.
Cool foods properly before storing them as this can increase the internal temperature of the fridge or freezer making the compressor work harder. By covering foods and liquids before storing them you can help the fridge run more efficiently as uncovered foods release moisture which can also make the compressor work harder.
So far we have covered the practicalities of where to put your fridge and how to use your fridge to be most energy efficient, but what about any maintenance that you can do yourself to help your fridge of freezer run more efficiently?
• Perform daily checks on the temperature of your fridge or freezer and if possible set the temperature to be at a constant level. To put that in perspective a freezer that is cooling 2 degrees lower than necessary can cost £30 a year extra in energy costs.
• Check and clean the gaskets around the doors regularly as these are essential in keeping the cool air inside the fridge and will need to be replaced if cracked or damaged. Also check around the outside of the doors for any gaps where cool air is escaping as the doors may need to be adjusted.
• Disconnect from the mains supply and using a soft brush clean the condenser vertically and vacuum the dust away.
• Inspect the evaporator and drainage to make sure there are no blockages.
• By defrosting the fridge or freezer regularly you can improve its efficiency as ice can build up on the evaporator.
Although these maintenance checks will help to keep your refrigeration equipment running more smoothly you will still need to have them serviced regularly as the manufacturer advises.
According to the npower blog article “How to… save on your business refrigeration” commercial refrigeration can account for up to 30 percent of a restaurant’s total energy bill. If the restaurant implements routine maintenance, restaurants can save up to 20 percent on refrigeration energy costs.