Many pieces of commercial restaurant equipment have diagnostic systems, making finding the issue slightly less complicated – but many don’t, leaving you without recovery steps or a useful machine. There are many different types of commercial equipment repair functions, including self-repair, full service repair, warranty repair, and preventative maintenance. Sometimes these functions overlap, and being aware of all will lead to a longer lifespan of your commercial equipment.
Preventative Maintenance – Avoid a Potential Breakdown
First of all, let’s talk about preventative maintenance on your commercial equipment. It’s important to maintain your equipment throughout its lifespan to avoid a potential breakdown. Replacing your commercial water filter every 3-6 months, and keeping your ice machine through a regular cleaning schedule helps decrease the likelihood of a breakdown. Replacing your hood filters when necessary, and cleaning your commercial hood system regularly makes a difference in your ventilation systems functionality. Another tip is to consistently check your refrigeration to ensure it’s working properly. Cracked refrigeration gaskets can lead to higher energy bills, and a broken unit. Checking and replacing these gaskets should be a part of your preventative maintenance schedule in your back of house.
Fix It Yourself – with Experts on Your Side
Self-repair can be an option when your equipment is down and out. Replacing things like refrigeration shelving, latches and hinges, spray valves, food preparation equipment parts, knobs, casters, fryer baskets, water filters, refrigeration gaskets, mixer attachments and many more can be done on your own. Our expert restaurant supply store partners have access to a portfolio of in stock OEM and non-OEM replacement parts. In some cases, these parts are available for local delivery, or will ship to your location quickly.
When You Need Commercial Repair Solutions Fast
When a piece of equipment is truly non-functional, it’s important to consider a full parts and service repair. A great first step would be to call the manufacturer with your piece of equipment’s serial and model numbers handy. You can describe the issue you’re having, and they may be able to identify the problem, offer you the OEM part number needed, and connect you with a local service technician to help you get the job done. Make sure to search for a parts and service dealer by using our nationwide restaurant dealer map. Usually your restaurant supply store or local restaurant supplies dealer can assist you in finding the right part for the repair, and either servicing the machine, or connect you with a trusted, certified service company.
Don’t Forget to Consider Your Commercial Equipment Warranty
When your commercial range, ice machine, refrigerator, fryer, or other restaurant equipment is not working, make sure you’ve considered the warranty. It’s possible that your parts and service call will be completely covered! Top manufacturers like True, Turbo Air, Southbend, Vulcan, Pitco, and many more have impressive industry warranties, ensuring your equipment runs as it should within its first few years. They’ll likely set you up with a brand certified technician, and OEM replacement parts for your commercial equipment to get the job done to their standards.