When to Replace: Back Bar Refrigeration

When To Replace from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

July 19, 2011

Back Bar Refrigeration

When looking at traditional bar operations, meaning those that primarily serve liquor to customers, refrigeration generally comes in three basic forms: back bar, bottle coolers and mug chillers. Here is an overview of each and a few considerations to take into account when buying one of these units.

Signs Back Bar Refrigeration Needs to be Replaced

While back bar refrigeration can last up to 20 years or more if maintained right, these units do offer a few telltale signs that they need to be replaced.

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Maintenance of Back Bar Refrigeration

Most back bar refrigeration units can last 15 to 20 years with proper care. But it is important to note that the bar represents a very hostile area from an equipment perspective, which necessitates proper and regular maintenance.

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Back Bar Refrigerators’ Energy Efficient Attributes

Although there is no Energy Star rating for back bar refrigeration at the moment, foodservice operators can still purchase energy efficient units to meet their needs — it will just require some homework on their part.


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