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Dusting Commercial Refrigeration Condensers

Dusting Commercial Refrigeration Condensers

Simply wiping off the dust every day is a good way to keep a daily check on the compressor, but to really get into the grit you need to incorporate a more in-depth cleaning method. Follow the below steps at least once every month and no more than once every other week.

SAFETY NOTE:
Always turn off your circuit breaker  while you perform any maintenance on your commercial refrigeration unit.
Walk-In Coolers  

 Turn off the circuit breaker that connects to your walk-in cooler. 
 Assign this task to a two-person team.  
 Cover and seal all of the contents in the cooler.
  Find a cardboard box, a bucket or any other sturdy receptacle that can be used to catch dust and debris. Place a damp cloth on the bottom of the receptacle. This will be used to catch and keep the dust in, instead of blowing around. 
 Use a shop vacuum with a nozzle to clean the surface of the condenser thoroughly. Let the vacuum run for about 20 seconds after the surface has been cleaned. This is to make sure that all the dust has travelled down the nozzle and into the vacuum’s tank.
 Position one person behind the condenser and have them hold the prepped dust-catching receptacle just behind the condenser’s vent. 
 Reverse the air flow of the shop-vac and blow air into the condenser unit, blasting out dust that has settled inside. 
 Wipe up any excess dust that has settled on any surfaces in the cooler.
 Mop the cooler floor and wipe down the walls.

Pizza Prep Tables and Chef Bases

 Disconnect from power.
 Remove the condenser’s grill cover.
 Remove any bolts or screws that are holding the compressor to the frame rails. 
 Slide the compressor out.
 Use a stiff bristle brush to clean off dirt and dust from the condenser’s coils.
 Use a shop vacuum to clean out the interior area where the compressor sits.
 Vacuum the coils to free any additional dust.
 Reverse the vacuum’s air flow and blow off any additional dust on the coils.
 Slide the compressor back in and re-install the compressor to the frame. 
 Wipe off the grill cover with a damp sponge and dry.
 Replace the grill cover.
 Wipe off all counter tops.
 Sweep and mop up the floor area where the cleaning took place.

Reach-In Refrigerator 

 Disconnect from power.
 Assign this task to a two-person team.  
 Make sure that all of the food inside and outside of the unit is well covered and sealed. 
 Find a cardboard box, a bucket or any other receptacle that can be used to catch dust and debris. Place a damp cloth on the bottom of the receptacle. This will be used to catch and keep the dust in, instead of blowing around. 
 Use a shop vacuum with a nozzle to clean the surface of the condenser thoroughly. Let the vacuum run for about 20 seconds after the surface has been cleaned. This is to make sure that all the dust has travelled down the nozzle and into the vacuum’s tank.
 Position one person behind the condenser and have them hold the prepped dust-catching receptacle just behind the condenser’s vent.
 Reverse the air flow of the shop-vac and blow air into the condenser unit, blasting out dust that has settled inside. 
 Wipe off the grill cover of the condenser. 
 Wipe off all outer surfaces of the refrigeration unit, sweep and mop around the cleaning area.

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