What is Commercial Refrigeration Equipment?

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment – What is it and How Does It Work?

For most, if not all, restaurant kitchens, commercial refrigeration units are a must-have piece of equipment. They’re made to keep cold items cold while lowering the danger of food illness. Aside from ordinary reach-in refrigerators and freezers, more specialized units for specific uses are also available.

Cold storage equipment utilized in commercial settings is referred to as commercial refrigeration equipment. Supermarkets, specialty food stores, convenience stores, and grocery stores all have reach-in refrigerators and freezers. Commercial refrigeration equipment includes walk-in refrigerators and freezers seen in restaurant and cafeteria equipment.

Refrigeration has made it possible for businesses and individuals to store foods and beverages for longer periods of time without their spoiling. For convenience and safety, commercial refrigeration keeps both prepared foods and meal ingredients cool by eliminating heat. Various methods of heat removal have been used over the years; continue reading to see how modern commercial refrigeration systems work.


Commercial refrigeration equipment comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.


Which Types of Commercial Refrigeration Equipment are There?

Commercial refrigeration systems come in a wide range of configurations:

Refrigerators and reach-in vertical cases
Enclosed vending devices
Vertical display cases
Horizontal display cases
Cases for delis
Drop in coolers
Draft beer dispensers
Undercounter refrigerators
Back bar coolers
Display Coolers
Prep Tables

Commercial refrigeration equipment can serve a variety of purposes:

CHILLERS: Chillers are used to keep goods like food and beverages at temperatures below freezing but above room temperature. By keeping perishable things chilled, such technology prevents spoiling.

FREEZERS: Freezers keep perishable products frozen so they don’t spoil.

COMBO CHILLERS AND FREEZERS: Commercial refrigeration units that combine chilling and freezing capabilities are available.

What are some of the business types that use commercial refrigeration?

Commercial refrigeration is used by a variety of organizations and sectors. Businesses that require commercial refrigeration systems include food and beverage firms, supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants. Hospitals and medical research centers, on the other hand, frequently utilize commercial refrigeration to maintain the proper temperature of delicate goods. Florist shops may also use commercial refrigeration equipment, which help keep fresh-cut flowers from wilting.

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment and Energy Consumption

Beverage Coolers, Refrigerators and Freezers

Refrigeration can contribute for 5–15% of a restaurant’s or foodservice establishment’s energy use. The US Department of Energy and ENERGY STAR® have more information on choosing the correct refrigeration equipment for your commercial kitchen.

Look for an ENERGY STAR-certified model when purchasing a new commercial refrigerator, freezer, or beverage cooler. ENERGY STAR certified equipment consumes 15% less energy than non-certified ones. If your refrigerator was built before 2001, a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator would be 40% more efficient.

Ice Makers

The expense of running ice machines in restaurants and foodservice establishments can be hundreds of dollars each year.

Choose an ENERGY STAR-certified ice maker, ice making head, or remote condensing unit when purchasing a new ice maker, ice making head, or remote condensing unit to save hundreds of dollars per year on your electricity bill.

Walk-in Coolers and Freezers

If your firm has a walk-in, refrigeration is the principal source of electricity. Replacing your walk-in cooler or freezer’s components with new energy-efficient equipment will help you save money, improve equipment performance, and increase reliability.

High Efficiency Evaporator Equipment

Replace obsolete evaporator fan equipment to save hundreds of dollars per year on your electric cost.

Hi Efficiency Condensing Equipment:

In cooler temperatures, high-efficiency condensing equipment saves energy, extending equipment life and lowering energy expenses. They also have more durable, efficient components that last longer and help you save money even on hot days.

Refrigerated Cases

Refrigerated case doors conserve energy while also extending the shelf life of food and improving the aesthetic of displayed items. Installing doors on open refrigerated equipment is a good idea.

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