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Cleaning Condenser Coil
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Why is Preventative Maintenance Important?

We design SKOPE refrigeration to provide many years of uninterrupted performance. However, even a SKOPE product can be subject to the rigours of time and lack of care. Just like everything you purchase and own, it is important to keep up with cleaning and maintenance to avoid disappointment, for example, if you were to purchase a brand new car and did not service this on a regular basis, the car would end up failing on you.

 

We know refrigeration plays an integral part of your business performance, and any down time can be detrimental to your establishment, which is why the correct setup, positioning, cleaning, maintenance of your fridge and freezer cabinets is essential to getting the most from your refrigeration. Regular maintenance also reduces energy consumption which is good news for your power bill. Lack of maintenance can also lead to complications with your warranty cover so it is important to follow our manufacturers guidelines for how to care for your SKOPE products.

 

In this article we will give you tips on how to inspect and clean your SKOPE fridge or freezer cabinet. If your cabinet is not correctly cleaned, dust can build up around the condenser which means it will have to work harder to keep the temperature down. Eventually it will be overworked and unable to provide the suitable temperature for your products putting food safety at risk. For the best results and to minimise power consumption, SKOPE recommends you clean your condenser every month. 

 

The image below shows the different alarm codes that may start flashing on your controller indicating the condenser of your cabinet is overworked and requires cleaning. If you see this warning you should clean the condenser immediately.

Alarm

Cleaning

  1. Inspect the cabinet regularly and clean it at least once a week or as required
  2. Empty the product from the cabinet
  3. Disconnect the cabinet from the power supply (switch off and unplug)
  4. Check the condenser monthly and clean if necessary. The condenser is the finned radiator that is external to the insulated evaporator box. If the air path through the condenser fins has any visual restriction, use a vacuum cleaner or brush to clear the condenser. SKOPE recommends that the condenser is checked and cleaned by an authorised SKOPE refrigeration mechanic
  5. Wipe the interior and exterior of the cabinet with soapy water
  6. Wash away soap residue
  7. Wax the exterior with automobile polish for extra protection
  8. Do not use abrasive cleaners
  9. Check and clean the door seal gaskets. These may be wiped down with a damp cloth. Ill-fitting door seal gaskets will reduce a cabinet’s efficiency and increase power consumption. If the door seal gaskets are not sealing, call SKOPE to arrange a replacement
  10. Reconnect to the power supply and switch on

 

For more information on the cleaning required, please see the service manual specific to each product.

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