PRSM Association helps retailers control refrigeration costs, keep their cool

by Brianna Crandall — January 30, 2017 — Keeping things cool in retail today can be costly, according to the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM). Typical supermarket refrigeration systems use 1,500 to 1,800 pounds of refrigerant to keep products cold or frozen. One pound of refrigerant wholesale costs $7 – $40, and freezers and refrigerators can cost thousands. To remain profitable, retailers must control refrigeration costs while keeping their cool, says PRSM.

A new white paper just released by PRSM, the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management (FM), entitled Keeping Your Cool Part 2: Preventive & Routine Maintenance for Retail Refrigeration Systems, addresses the importance of both preventive (also known as life-cycle asset management) and routine maintenance (also known as cyclical maintenance) of retail refrigeration systems.

The white paper describes how refrigeration systems operate, ways to reduce and potentially avoid unnecessary maintenance costs, and the importance of adhering to changing environmental regulations. The paper also includes numerous checklists, forms and customizable templates for FM professionals to develop or improve existing refrigeration system maintenance programs.

Bill Yanek, CEO, PRSM, commented:

Retail facilities managers need current, useful, accurate information and tools they can use to reduce rising refrigeration costs. PRSM provides retailers valuable resources they can use immediately to develop and implement preventive maintenance programs that will save their companies time and money.

This white paper follows Keeping Your Cool: An Introduction to Retail Refrigeration Basics – Part 1, which shares basic refrigeration principles and theories, complexity of refrigeration equipment, regulations and compliance.

Keeping Your Cool Part 2: Preventive & Routine Maintenance for Retail Refrigeration Systems is available for PRSM members from the Resources Center on the PRSM Web site.