Commercial Refrigeration in Crockett Texas

Keeping a restaurant, hotel, or other food service business running smoothly means having your equipment in top shape. When refrigerators, freezers, and other commercial cooling devices break down or malfunction, it can lead to lost revenue, poor customer experiences, and problems with your supply chain. From emergencies and regular maintenance to installing replacements, Hargrove-Neel Heating and Air can help with your commercial refrigeration needs. We’ve been serving businesses like yours since 1961, making quality workmanship and outstanding customer service our top priorities.   

Types of Equipment

Our technicians are trained to service a wide variety of commercial refrigeration equipment, from large walk-in coolers to smaller display cases, near point-of-sale stations. Larger coolers can be ideal for high-volume restaurants or hotels that need to store a significant number of perishables to meet ongoing demand. Display cases and under-bar refrigerators can be optimal for smaller spaces or businesses that sell refrigerated food and drinks on a smaller scale. 

We also serve large equipment such as walk-in freezers that provide appropriate temperatures for large-scale restaurants, hotel chains, and hospitals. The history of cooling and refrigeration technology has advanced society and provided us with conveniences. For businesses, that convenience translates to being able to sustain livelihoods. Yet, when the conveniences we are used to using and leveraging break down, we realize the importance of a regularly scheduled maintenance plan.

Why Preventative Maintenance is So Important  

Having regular preventative maintenance performed on commercial refrigeration equipment like ice machines can help spot problems before they get out of control. A preventative maintenance plan ensures the major parts of the equipment are checked to ensure they’re working correctly. Those major parts are also adjusted and cleaned accordingly, ensuring they continue to run at optimal levels. 

Without preventative maintenance, appliances have to work harder, wasting more electricity. You’ll also help prevent emergency break downs and extend the life of your equipment with regular maintenance. Saving on repair and replacement costs is another potential benefit of having your equipment maintained each year. 

Should I Repair or Replace?

Even though preventative maintenance can help extend the life of your equipment and catch major problems before they become something bigger, the reality is that all equipment eventually fails due to age and wear and tear. In many cases, you’ll be faced with the decision of whether to repair or replace your existing equipment. When making the decision, there are a few important things to consider.

First, is the failure due to a major or minor component? What is the cost of replacing the part, and what is the expected lifetime of that replacement part? Is it new or refurbished, and is there a warranty? Do the cost and expected lifetime justify repair versus the cost and expected lifetime of a replacement?

Second, what is the time frame for repair versus replacement? Will you need to wait for the part to be ordered? How long will it take to receive and install a replacement? How critical is having functioning equipment to your business and do you have a backup plan in place?

Third, how much longer do you expect to use the existing equipment that has failed? Is it near the end of its expected lifetime, or were you already shopping for replacement/upgrade options? If so, it may be better to go ahead and replace the equipment now instead of waiting. If you were thinking of selling the business and equipment in the next few years, it may be more worthwhile to repair the equipment if it will not detract from the projected market value. 

Fourth, do multiple parts need to be replaced or is it just one? Are there any indications that other parts might fail soon? If so, get an estimate for the costs of those parts and compare the total projected repair costs against the cost of a replacement. In some cases, spending the money to replace the equipment will make more sense, and, in other scenarios, even the repair costs of several parts may be significantly lower than replacing the entire piece of equipment. 

Finally, think about whether there have been significant changes in refrigeration technology since you last purchased a piece of equipment. Are replacement parts for your existing equipment going to be increasingly harder to find, even for vendors? Are the technology changes significant enough that they could drastically cut your energy costs and increase your staff’s productivity? 

About Hargrove-Neel Heating & Air: In business since 1961, we’re a family-founded organization that strives to provide the best in customer service and value. We provide maintenance contracts, service, and installation on various types of HVAC, heating, and cooling equipment.