Commercial walk-in refrigerators and freezers are essential for businesses in the food industry to store perishable goods safely. Proper maintenance of these units is crucial to ensure they operate efficiently, prolong their lifespan, and prevent costly breakdowns. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of regular maintenance versus neglecting maintenance, along with statistics on the cost of emergency reactive service calls for neglected equipment.



Optimal Performance: Regular maintenance helps keep commercial refrigeration units operating at peak performance. Properly maintained units can maintain consistent temperatures, ensuring food safety and quality.

Energy Efficiency: Well-maintained units are more energy-efficient, reducing energy costs over time. Simple tasks like cleaning coils and checking door seals can improve efficiency significantly.

Extended Lifespan: Routine maintenance can extend the lifespan of walk-in refrigerators and freezers, saving businesses money on premature replacements.

Prevention of Costly Repairs: Regular inspections and maintenance can identify and address minor issues before they escalate into major problems, saving businesses from expensive repairs.

Compliance with Regulations: Regular maintenance helps businesses comply with health and safety regulations regarding food storage temperatures.



Higher Energy Costs: Neglected units often consume more energy to maintain proper temperatures, leading to increased operating costs.

Increased Risk of Breakdowns: Lack of maintenance increases the likelihood of breakdowns, which can disrupt operations and lead to costly emergency repairs.

Food Safety Concerns: Improperly maintained units can fail to maintain safe storage temperatures, putting food safety at risk and potentially leading to food spoilage and waste.

Shortened Lifespan: Neglecting maintenance can lead to premature wear and tear, shortening the lifespan of the equipment and necessitating early replacement.

Regulatory Compliance Issues: Failure to maintain equipment properly can result in non-compliance with health and safety regulations, leading to potential fines and penalties.


According to industry data, emergency reactive service calls for neglected equipment can cost businesses significantly. On average, a single emergency call for a neglected commercial refrigeration unit can cost between $600 and $5,000.

These costs can quickly add up, especially if multiple units require emergency repairs. We can tell you from experience, simple neglect of NOT cleaning your evaporate and condenser coils, can come with costly compressor replacements.

Summer is coming to New Jersey and New York City! That means high temperatures outside! Regular maintenance of commercial walk-in refrigerators and freezers is essential for businesses in the food industry. The benefits of regular maintenance, including optimal performance, energy efficiency, and extended lifespan, far outweigh the costs. Neglecting maintenance can lead to higher energy costs, increased risk of breakdowns, and compliance issues. By investing in regular maintenance, businesses can ensure their refrigeration equipment operates efficiently, reduces operating costs, and complies with health and safety regulations.