3 Items to Know Before Buying a Commercial Fridge

Posted on: 31 July 2015

If you're planning on buying a commercial fridge, it's important you take your time and review your options. There are a lot of brands, sizes and technical aspects that you will have to consider before making the investment. The good thing is that with professional assistance the process can be simple and stress-free.

The following will help you in determining the size of your unit, your professional needs and also important information about your installation.

Size for Your Needs: Exterior & Interior

It's important you know what size fridge will fit the needs of your business. There are a few things you'll need to measure in your building, starting with the width and height of your doors. If your fridge is too big for your doors, you won't be able to get it into the kitchen for delivery. From there, measure the area you want the fridge occupy in your kitchen. Once you've done both of these things, you'll know the parameters your fridge has to fit within to house space in your kitchen.

Because fridges come in all sizes and are arranged different, you will have a lot of options even after measuring the exterior. The final thing to do will be to decide on the size of your interior. Depending upon how much storage you think you'll need, it's always important that you be mindful that some fridges offer less space inside than others of the same size.

Hire a technician

A commercial refrigeration technician can do wonders for businesses making a large appliance purchase. This is in large part due to the that using your measurements, the technician will be able to help you find a fridge that fits your needs, ensures quality performance and has a warranty that lasts at least three years. Not to mention, your technician will also be also to install the fridge and make sure everything is up to code and working properly.

You should use the expertise and knowledge of the technician to help you answer any questions you may have throughout the process and also discuss your options.


Commercial refrigeration installations require the assistance of a professional technician. Before purchasing your fridge and completing the install, you should ensure you have proper ductwork installed and there is an emergency overflow route in the kitchen in case of a flood. The ductwork will ensure the air in the fridge is properly circulated and ventilated. If there is a leak in your ductwork, you could experience mould and the water that runs into the freezer could become contaminated.

The overflow route is to allow for any spillage or flooding to travel through a dedicated drain to avoid significant damage to your fridge, other appliances and kitchen.