What is the ideal temperature for commercial beverage refrigerators?
Commercial beverage coolers are everywhere. We find them in grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations. While each of these coolers are used to ensure that the beverages inside them are kept fresh and tasting great, that does not mean that they should all be stored at the same temperature. There are some ground rules: Federal Law requires that commercial fridges that house food products must be at least 40 degrees for refrigerators and 0 degrees for freezers. However, the industry standard typically dictates that the optimal temperatures should be between 35 and 38 degrees for commercial refrigerators and as low as -15 degrees for freezers.
There are many other factors that might dictate the appropriate temperature for commercial beverage refrigerators. A restaurant or alcohol distributor that offers an expansive variety of wines and beers might use their beverage coolers differently. Beer is best served between 44 and 50 degrees, whiskey is best served at 59 degrees, whereas vodka is better when chilled to 44 degrees. The best temperatures for wines depends on the type of wine itself, with red wines typically best between 60 and 64 degrees, white wines between 50 and 53 degrees, and champagne is best between 46 and 50 degrees.
How do you maintain the ideal temperature in a commercial beverage refrigerators?
Knowing the best temperature for the drinks inside your commercial beverage cooler is only half the work; it is also important to know how to maintain those temperatures. Some tips to help ensure that your fridge stays the right temperature include:
- Avoiding overcrowding your commercial beverage cooler
- Try to limit the number times you open the doors
- Do not place the refrigerator in direct sunlight or near heating or cooling vents
- Never leave the fridge door open longer than needed
- Avoid stocking the fridge with warm products
- Use a thermometer to help monitor the internal temperature of the refrigerator
What can you do to make your commercial beverage refrigerator more efficient?
There are several things you can do to make sure that your commercial beverage cooler runs its best. Periodically taking the time to clean your unit of accumulated dust and debris is a great way to make sure that air flow is unobstructed, and that the various parts of the cooler are clean. Avoid overstocking because too much product in your fridge can inhibit air flow and make certain areas of the cooler colder than others. It is also a good idea to set aside some time every few weeks to inspect all of the different parts of your fridge. Is the seal on the door in good shape? Are the door gaskets intact? Are there signs of cracking along the cooler walls? If any of these aspects are not working correctly, then cool air may be escaping, making your refrigerator work overtime to maintain the ideal temperature.
How to troubleshoot if your commercial beverage refrigerator fails to meet ideal temperature
If you notice that your commercial beverage refrigerator is not operating like it should be, there are some things you can do to identify the problem. If the refrigerator is not cold enough, you may want to double check that your temperature gauge is operating correctly. If it is, determine if the fridge is overstocked, if it is being opened too frequently, or if the room it is housed in is too hot. If that doesn’t seem to be the problem, try giving your cooler a good cleaning, and while you do that, make sure all the parts, including the compressor and condenser coils are operating correctly. Remove any ice buildup and make sure the doors close properly. Too much ice or an improperly sealed door might be the reason why your cooler struggles to maintain a constant temperature. Finally, double check that the power outlets are functional and there is no fraying in the power cord. One last thing: if your commercial beverage cooler was recently installed, there may have been a mistake with the installation process.
Powers Equipment is a partner in the maintenance of your Commercial Beverage Refrigerator
At Powers Equipment, we don’t just offer exceptional commercial beverage refrigerators. We want to build a relationship that lasts the lifetime of your commercial beverage cooler. This means that we are always available to work with our customers to identify issues that may arise and help you resolve them. We are always happy to come to your business and provide maintenance work, repairs or give general advice about your refrigerator. This level of care is why our customers continue to rely on us to supply them with commercial beverage coolers.
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