Don’t let your operations be caught short by refrigeration failure

With the summer months upon us, businesses in the food service and hospitality sector can face very real challenges in maintaining the reliability and efficiency of their commercial refrigeration systems. With warmer temperatures, the increased demands on cooling can represent a risk to operations and to the customer experience in the event of an equipment failure. In this blog post, we explore the top 5 reasons for implementing Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) on commercial refrigeration to reduce risk over the summer months.

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1 – Proactive Reliability

Don’t leave things to chance! The summer season often brings a surge in customer traffic and higher demand for refrigeration, placing added stress on commercial cooling systems. By conducting PPM businesses can proactively address any potential issues and ensure reliable operation during peak times. By identifying and resolving problems in advance, such as worn-out components or refrigerant leaks, the risk of unexpected failures and costly downtime during the busiest season can be significantly minimised.

2 – Optimal Energy Efficiency

With rising temperatures outside, commercial refrigeration systems must work harder to maintain the required temperature levels inside. Neglected maintenance can lead to decreased energy efficiency resulting in higher electricity bills, and with energy prices at an all-time high, the cost implications are significant. PPM allows businesses to optimise the performance of their refrigeration systems. Thoroughly cleaning coils, checking refrigerant levels, and examining door seals can help minimise energy waste, ensuring that refrigeration units operate efficiently when faced with increased heat loads.

3 – Temperature Consistency for Food Safety

Maintaining proper temperature control is crucial for food safety, especially during the summer months when the risk of bacterial growth is heightened. Regular PPM helps businesses ensure that their refrigeration units maintain consistent temperatures, preventing food spoilage and protecting customer health. By calibrating thermostats, inspecting defrost cycles, and checking airflow, businesses can have confidence in the reliability of their refrigeration systems, safeguarding the freshness and quality of perishable goods.

4 – Equipment Longevity

Commercial refrigeration equipment represents a significant investment for businesses. By conducting PPM companies can extend the lifespan of their refrigeration units. Routine inspections, cleaning, and servicing help prevent premature wear and tear caused by increased workload and environmental factors. By addressing minor issues promptly, businesses can avoid major breakdowns, ultimately reducing the need for costly repairs or premature replacements. Investing in PPM ensures that refrigeration systems remain in peak condition, delivering optimal performance through the challenging summer period.

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5 – Customer Satisfaction and Brand Reputation

During the summer months, customers seek refreshing and safe food experiences. By prioritising PPM, businesses can maintain consistent product quality, prevent temperature fluctuations, and avoid ingredient spoilage. This commitment to food safety and freshness enhances customer satisfaction, strengthens brand reputation, and promotes positive word-of-mouth recommendations. A well-maintained refrigeration system is a testament to a business’s professionalism and dedication to delivering exceptional customer experiences.


As summer approaches, implementing Planned and Preventative Maintenance (PPM) for commercial refrigeration units becomes vitally important for managing risk. By conducting PPM, businesses can proactively address potential issues, optimise energy efficiency, ensure food safety, extend equipment longevity, and enhance customer satisfaction. Taking preventive measures through PPM allows businesses to meet the challenges of the summer season head-on, ensuring reliable operation, minimising downtime, and establishing a strong foundation for delivering exceptional customer experiences.

Flowrite is a national provider of PPM, with many years of expertise.  Every year we save our clients money by providing PPM services all over the UK.  Contact us to discuss how PPM can make a real difference to your business.