How to Purchase the Right Commercial Refrigeration

Commercial refrigeration is not a cheap investment. Reach-in refrigerators and freezers are one of the overhead decisions that restaurant owners make that could make or break them. When it comes to food service, going cheap is rarely the right route, rather, research is your friend.


The more manufacturers, the more confusion a restaurant owner may run into when purchasing their commercial refrigeration units.  However, a few keystrokes or a phone call to your favored refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating business is best practice before you decide on a purchase.

Only a spattering of brands include:

  • Master-Bilt
  • Follett
  • Manitowoc
  • Scotsman
  • True
  • Hoshizaki
  • Hussmann
  • Copeland

Wanting Warranty

Regardless of the chosen brand, nothing in life is a sure thing. Equipment breaks down for a variety of reasons, and the age is not the top of the list. However, with such a substantial investment, you want the bang for your buck.

Different brands offer different warranties. The best policy to keep your pockets from emptying is to ensure you have a warranty that covers not only repair costs but also labor and replacement units. A reliable refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating business are also helpful because of the working relationship built to your needs and standards.

Size Matters

Commercial refrigerators and freezers come in various shapes and sizes depending on the need. Measuring the space is a natural place to start so that when you consult with a refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating business, you will know an estimation of what size you may need. It also is useful to know how much bulk you need to store.

Condenser Mounting Matters

Top-mount and bottom-mount are the two types of condensers. Bottom-mounts are best for easy maintenance and access.  However, bottom-mounts may elongate the life of your unit because it collects less dust and debris.

The to-do list for opening a business or updating equipment may seem overwhelming.  Schmitt Refrigeration, Inc. is prepared, trained, and happy to assist you with questions, maintenance, or installations.