Whatever you are using your fridge for, the same principles apply in its operation. Whether you need to keep beer chilled for a social event or need to display a range of pastries to best advantage, follow these rules to ensure that you get the best from your appliance.
Do ensure the fridge is allowed to stand before switching it on
The cooling liquids in a fridge need time to settle down before you turn it on. This will be a minimum of a couple of hours but may be more. If you are in any doubt about how long a fridge should stand before connecting it to the electricity, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you plan to move the fridge, it should be switched off for a similar amount of time before being transported. Failing to do this could cause damage to the appliance.
Do allow time for the fridge to reach the correct temperature
Once the fridge has settled it should be switched on. It is important to allow the appliance to reach the correct temperature before it is used to store food. This can take up to 12 hours. According to the Daily Mail seventy-five percent of us run our fridges too warm.
Don’t lay the fridge down
Fridges should always be kept upright where possible. If you need to lay a fridge on its side to transport it, it should always be stood upright for a minimum of 24 hours before being switched on again. A range of fridges and freezers are available from companies such as https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/glass-door-refrigeration/single-glass-door-freezers and if you have any queries about their safe operation, they will be happy to help.
Don’t use the fridge near a source of heat
It may seem obvious, but a fridge or display freezer will have to work harder in a warmer environment. The heat pump transfers heat from the appliance into the surrounding air and will have to work harder and possibly wear out sooner if the appliance is placed near a cooker or heater. With some models it is also advisable to avoid standing them where there is strong sunlight on the back as this can also cause the components to work harder.
Commercial refrigeration equipment is generally very robust but you can maximise its life and efficiency by ensuring you follow these guidelines.