Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who make mistakes when it comes to purchasing commercial refrigeration. In this guide, we’ll show you some mistakes to avoid when buying refrigeration units, and furthermore optimize your buying power so you don’t have any issues further down the road. Your business needs to thrive rather than waste money, and commercial refrigeration is expensive as it is. If you don’t choose what’s right for your business from Iron Mountain Refrigeration and Equipment, then you will lose energy, efficiency, and productivity, and in turn, receive a poor-quality return on investment, when you should be able to maximize all of the above.
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Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need
When you’re buying commercial refrigeration, the most common problem is that some companies buy products that they don’t need, or that aren’t the right type. If you need a countertop or worktop refrigerator, and you end up buying one that even has extra features you don’t intend to use (or need), as well as even by the wrong type altogether, this can put you in for a world of hurt. If you have a bunch of extra features that you really don’t need, then you’ll end up paying the price. Don’t buy a walk-in freezer if you really don’t need it, or you’ll pay for all that extra cooling you’re doing for empty space.
Not Measuring Properly
Another common mistake is not checking the specifications on the inside and the outside of your refrigeration unit and making sure you have enough space for it. If you don’t have enough space for it, you could end up paying hefty construction or renovation costs, or even more importantly, be right back at square one with getting your refund and having to find the right unit that you need all over again. If your employees aren’t two feet tall, and they need a prep table, you’re wasting your money again if you buy an extremely short worktop table, because it isn’t going to be used properly, or you’ll have to set it up higher in order to make it work for your business.
Picking the Wrong Style and Color
This is where the whole “Chrome said it best” in a general sense. You don’t want blue walls, with white trim, and then get a brown piece of equipment that throws off everything altogether, even if it “saved you money”.
Look at the Price and Compare
Shop for different models and see what fits your needs. If you need to sacrifice something that your business can live with, then you can easily go with a cheaper alternative. Also, make sure that you know who you’re buying from, as buying something too cheap, even if it’s brand new, can also put you in a world of hurt, because you’re going to get what you pay for whether it’s right away, or in the long run. Many cheaper units have been known to have a lower life expectancy than those with a quality price tag. And last but not least, always make sure that the unit you choose has an Energy Star rating that can satisfy your needs.