Like doing preventative home maintenance to avoid costly repairs, restaurant owners will want to maintain their restaurant equipment to ensure that minimal fixes are needed so they don’t run into too many major hiccups during business hours. In other words, you should perform regular maintenance for trouble-free restaurant equipment.
But a part of running a restaurant is having employees who may or may not be aware of the importance of maintaining the stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, exhaust system and other pieces of large equipment in your kitchen. Informing them will give you a refresher course!
Let’s review some maintenance tips to help you avoid the need for constant restaurant equipment repairs in Delaware:
- Read the owner’s manual: In the event of equipment problems, the first thing you should do is reference your owner’s manual. You will also want to read up on the proper maintenance steps for each individual piece of restaurant equipment you own. As obvious as this tip may be, many owner’s manuals are rarely opened more than once, let alone taken out of their sleeves after purchase. Can’t find your manual? Order a new copy or download it off the Internet.
- Teach employees how to use the equipment: All types of large foodservice equipment can malfunction and breakdown due to misuse by restaurant staff. But it’s not all your employees’ fault if you neglected to educate them on the proper use of the equipment. When everyone knows the right way to use, clean and maintain the equipment, you eliminate the need for expensive repairs and your business will remain up and running. For example, for as strong as stainless steel is, it still requires specific care. Employees need to know it can stain, corrode and become tarnished if the wrong cleaner is used.
- Clean equipment daily: Just as wiping down your home kitchen is a great way to keep it clean all week, so is cleaning all your restaurant equipment at the end of the last shift. Daily cleaning is the best way to prevent dirt and grime buildup and food refuse from piling up; all this debris is capable of damaging machine components. This may be the most important maintenance tip on this list! Also, depending on how dirty your restaurant kitchen gets, you’ll want to schedule a thorough cleaning every week, every month or every couple months. This can help you discover any damage and keep you in check with the health inspector.
- Inspect equipment: The best time to inspect your large restaurant equipment is after a good, thorough cleaning. Check all the moving parts, connections and exposed components for weak spots and leaks so you can get problems taken care of before they get worse.
Even though you’ve been diligent in maintaining all your kitchen equipment through regular cleanings, inspections and good treatment, there’s always the chance you will need to call on a professional to come make restaurant equipment repairs in Delaware. Luckily for you, the experienced and friendly team at Commercial Equipment Service is at your disposal 24/7. Contact us today to schedule a service, or anytime for emergency equipment repairs!