Commercial Refrigeration Repair vs Replace: How to Decide

Commercial Refrigeration Repair vs Replace: How to Decide

Unsure whether you need commercial refrigeration repair or a brand new fridge? Read on to get the facts on repair vs. replace to help you decide.

Commercial refrigerators are a must for almost any business and an investment that’ll pay off in quality and endurance.

But like any appliance on the market, they have a limited lifespan and are prone to wearing out and eventually breaking down.

So if your commercial fridge is not cooling the food or drinks properly or is leaking, your first thought is to replace it with a new one.

But before you shop for a brand new refrigerator in an attempt to save time and money, consider commercial refrigeration repair.

You see, most of the time, the issues that seem serious can be easily fixed with the help of a professional repair company.

Keep reading to find out when you should pull the plug and buy a new fridge and in which instances you can repair it.

When to Consider a Commercial Refrigeration Repair

After a few years of constant everyday use, commercial refrigerators start showing signs of wear and tear.

These are usually manifested as leaking, condensation, cooling the food too little or too much or hot air coming from the motor.

Most of the time, you may be able to fix visible problems on the refrigerator yourself. And sometimes, what seems like a big problem can be solved by replacing a part of the appliance like the motor, door gasket or thermostat.

It’s normal for appliances to be repaired every couple of years. So if you see these changes for the first time, consider hiring a commercial refrigeration repair service.

Additionally, repairing the fridge is a cheaper option than buying a new one.

When to Replace Your Commercial Refrigerator

If you’ve had your commercial refrigerator for several years and have done a few repairs on it, it might be time to replace it.

Buying a new commercial fridge is a big and expensive decision, but a logical one if repairing it is more expensive than getting a new one.

Usually, replacing your business fridges is due if you notice one or more of the following signs:

  • If the fridge is not working properly even after several repairs
  • If the food is freezing or spoiling faster than normal
  • If it’s more than 10 years old
  • If it’s not energy-efficient

Commercial refrigerators are very important for food safety in restaurants, cafes, catering services, and bakeries. So owners can’t afford to have a constantly leaking, frosting or noise-making fridge.

In these cases, the best decision is to just buy a new appliance altogether.


Deciding between commercial refrigeration repair or replacement depends on several things.

Most business owners are busy people and need a quick and simple solution for their fridge problems.

Smaller fridge issues like leakage, uneven temperature or doors not closing can be solved by hiring a specialised repair company.

But if a problem reappears over and over again even after extensive repairs, it’s time to look for a new commercial refrigerator.

If you have any questions about commercial fridge repairs, contact PHS and ask for a quote and advice.