Easy Restaurant Equipment Repair and Maintenance
Your restaurant equipment needs to be functioning at full capacity to keep your business running smoothly. It just takes a broken fridge to spoil your food, or a malfunctioning grill to keep you from offering the quality of food your customers expect. However, if you know how to keep on top of your restaurant equipment maintenance, you can avoid these issues and ensure you are always ready to keep up with customer demand.
Here we review easy restaurant equipment repair and maintenance tips to help keep your restaurant in tip top shape.
The best way to ensure the food you serve is fresh and full of flavour is to conduct routine maintenance on your commercial refrigerator, freezer, or cooler. It just takes scheduled maintenance to avoid unexpected breakdowns, while also ensuring the temperatures remain safe. Here are our top tips for commercial refrigeration maintenance:
The door gaskets are essential to keeping a firm seal on your cooling system. If they split and crack it allows cool air to escape from your unit. As a result, temperatures are inconsistent putting your food at risk for spoilage. Always check your gaskets to make sure they are free of dirt and grease as this messy build up wears them down.
Next, your refrigerators, ice machines and coolers have air filters that can also slowly see a buildup of dust and grease. When this happens, it stops proper air ventilation. You can regularly remove the dust with a shop vacuum to keep it dust free. Even better, get a degreasing solution which will make short work of the greasy buildup. Your owner’s manual will provide specific instructions for your make and model. This is something you should be doing monthly.
Your fridge has condenser and evaporator coils that are key to proper function. You can use a shop vac to remove dust, and you can also use a brush at least quarterly to keep coils dust and grease free. This is required at least once every three months and prevents your system from overheating.
Drain pans and tubes
Your fridge, walk-in coolers and freezers all have drain pans and tubes that are susceptible to a nasty buildup of slime and sludge. This makes them freeze up which leads to clogs that then require replacement of your tubes. Clean the tubes regularly to keep them free of potential blockages. You can clean the pans with warm, soapy water.
Keep units dry
For your walk-in coolers and freezers you need to keep the floors clean and dry. This reduces risk for slips and falls, but also prevents coil freeze ups. Keeping your reach clean and dry is also a must.
This is not only important for hygiene but also to keep things working efficiently. You should clean at least once every two weeks and include a complete wipe down of the shelves and surfaces with warm, soapy water. Pay close attention to the area underneath, on top and around your commercial refrigerator. When you get built up here it can also lead to issues.
You want to get in behind the unit when mopping the floors and dust the top of the unit to reduce the amount of dirt that can get into the exposed parts of your fridges and cooling systems.
If your commercial coolers have a water hook up, it also has water filters in place. If you allow unfiltered water to run through the system, the lime and scale can build up inside your equipment which leads to damage and expensive repairs or replacement. You should replace water filter cartridges regularly if you want to help extend the life of your equipment. A good rule of thumb is to write the date of installation on your filter cartridges when you replace them to keep track of timing. Your user manual will tell you how often you should replace the filters.
By keeping up on these basic cleaning and maintenance tips you can avoid costly repairs. Arranging for annual professional maintenance with a certified technician will complete your restaurant equipment maintenance plan.
Portable Handwashing Stations/Sinks
If you have a portable handwashing station or sink, it’s important to keep an eye on the faucets and handles. When you allow your faucet to leak or drip you are running up costs on your utility bills. As soon as you notice a leak see if you can adjust the taps or find out where the leak is coming from. This will also help avoid dangerous issues such as mould and mildew in the kitchen. Leaks should be addressed as soon as possible as they can not only add to your bills, but also increase the risk for slips and falls.
Looking for restaurant equipment? Contact Ancaster Foods
For more information about our commercial refrigerators and coolers for restaurants, call Ancaster Foods at +1 855-888-9644 or contact us here.