High summer temperatures putting pressure on refrigeration systems and air conditioning units could lead to lower customer footfall in restaurants, a specialist has warned.
Tod Harrison, the CEO of Flowrite Services, has said that if the systems are not properly maintained this could lead to unhappy staff, spoiled food and drink stock and ultimately lower profit margins.
He said: “On 26 July last year, temperatures reached their seasonal peak at 35.5 degrees in the UK. On this day alone, we received 379 emergency call-outs to repair broken air conditioning units and refrigeration systems. This marked an 85% increase compared to the same day the week before.”
Flowrite offers a helpdesk that runs 24 hours a day, directing a mobile service team of over 100 engineers across the UK, but Harrison says it is not always possible to carry out repairs immediately.
He said: “Although our engineers always want to help ASAP, the reality is there can be a waiting period during the summer months when demand is incredibly high.”
Mr Harrsion added that if they are well maintained, commercial air conditioning units and refrigeration systems rarely fail, and so that the question restaurateurs need to ask themselves is what the cost to their business is when equipment does fail unexpectedly.
“We are advising our customers to book a summer check-up before things really heat up, as the cost of an emergency call-out and resultant repair works – in addition to the potential cost to their business – is always more than any planned maintenance works.”
Flowrite has also warned that restaurateurs need to be aware of the F-Gas regulations and how it will affect their business.
Many air conditioning and refrigeration systems use HFC refrigerants, for example R-404A, which have a very high global warming impact if released into the atmosphere.
As of 1 January 2020 these will be banned in the servicing of air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Flowrite offers a Summer Check-Up, which ensures that air conditioning and refrigeration systems are in optimum condition and will withstand the increased demands put on them during the peak Summer months, as well as advising on how to comply with F-Gas regulations.