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Maintenance Tips to Help Extend The Lifespan of The Catering Equipment
23 Nov

Having the right catering equipment is essential to having your business run effortlessly. Normally, the kitchen in any restaurant caters for a larger number of people than in a kitchen at home. The way you take care of the products you use in your commercial kitchen or restaurant is the way it will serve you in return. Regular scheduled maintenance with technicians and regular cleaning will help keep your catering products working in good condition. This process will also help you catch minor glitches before it wears out or costs you because of an expensive breakdown. Regardless of the type of equipment you use, here is some easy maintenance tips you can use to help you extend the lifespan of your commercial catering equipment.

Clean and Sanitize All Catering Equipment Daily

Cleaning and Sanitizing all your things daily is the most important maintenance tip for any commercial catering or restaurant business. Not only is it necessary for you to maintain the health and safety compliance regulations - It also minimizes the build-up of grease, grime, and food scraps that could later cause damage to your equipment. Having clean catering appliances is essential if you're in the food industry.

Schedule Strategic Maintenance

Having your appliances serviced regularly by professionals is important for your cooking and refrigeration equipment. This process ensures that all your kitchen equipment is running at its uttermost performance. This too will help reduce any unexpected disruptions for your business at any given time.

Inspect All Catering Equipment Frequently

Whether you supply or hire out commercial catering appliances, you must do inspections frequently. If you hire out equipment do inspections before equipment leaves your premises and inspect it again once it is returned. What you should do is inspect any moving parts on machinery, water and gas pipes and electrical connections and look out for any tear or leaks. If you catch these small issues early, it can save you on more expensive maintenance repairs later.

Teach Staff the Correct Way to Use the Equipment

One of the primary causes of catering equipment breaking is the misuse and incorrect use of the equipment. If you didn't know, most warranties do not insure any upkeeps that may result from any misuse of equipment. It is important to teach staff how to properly use, clean, and maintain your catering equipment.

Common Maintenance Issues with Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Check Air Filter - With all refrigerators and coolers, you should always check the air filter for grease and dust build-up. This helps with airflow to your machinery and allows for proper ventilation.

Check Gasket - Any cracks or tears around the gaskets door can cause air leakage. Always make sure you seal and repair these leaks. Clean gasket and any moving parts as grease and dust can cause expected damages and interruptions.

Regularly Clean Drains, Pans and Tubes - Freezers, refrigerators and coolers attract a build-up of dust and grime causing them to freeze up later. It is crucial that you keep these drains, pans, and tubes clean. Sometimes the build-up of debris can cause damage by clogging the tubes and costing you more on repairs and maintenance.

Keep Space and Units Dry - Make sure the floor where your refrigeration is standing is always dry. Having to walk on a wet floor can cause accidents which can be prevented. Also, a wet floor will indicate that your units might be leaking.

It's all about paying attention to the finer details. These are the little things that will save you in the long run. If you take care of your commercial catering appliances, it will give you the best service over the years to come.

CaterWeb stocks a full range of commercial kitchen products and we even offer free demonstrations as well as hands on training if necessary. Visit our website to access our online store or alternatively we welcome you to visit our new showroom. Please call us on 011-334-4227 or e-mail your inquiry to sales@caterweb.co.za so we may assist with your catering equipment requirements!