Knowning When to Replace Your Restaurant Equipment

When you own a restaurant, the efficiency of your food-service equipment has a direct impact on the success of your business. You know that restaurant equipment doesn't last forever, but how do you know if it needs replaced or just repaired? If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it might be time to consider replacing your restaurant equipment:

1. Are Your Equipment Repair Costs Adding Up? 


If you're constantly having to call in a Missouri restaurant equipment repair technician, it might be time to bite the bullet and purchase new equipment. While individual repairs might not cost as much as a newer model, those costs can add up quickly. You don't want your repair costs eventually adding up to more money than what it would have cost you to just replace it.

2. Has Your Equipment Become Extremely Inefficient? 


Maybe your equipment is still working, and you're getting by, but it's not working as efficiently as it should be. One common sign that your equipment is not working efficiently is higher utility costs. Take a look at your latest utility bill, and if it's higher than normal, your equipment could be using more electricity than it should.

3. Is Your Equipment Just Not Working Like It Used To? 


Unfortunately, food-service equipment doesn't last forever. Even if you are meticulous about cleaning and maintaining your restaurant equipment, it's eventually going to wear down. Things like rust, power surges and careless cooks can all cause your kitchen equipment to deteriorate or stop working all together. For example, the door gaskets on the refrigerator may no longer seal correctly, meaning it stops holding the right temperature, or sometimes griddles stop maintaining ideal temperatures, meaning they don't cook the food properly or as quickly.

Restaurant Equipment Longevity


It would be a lot easier if there was a set rule for how long a certain piece of restaurant equipment should last. Unfortunately, the longevity of food-service equipment is difficult to predict. Usage has a big impact on the lifespan of your equipment, as well as other factors such as cleaning and maintenance. Here are a few warning signs to look for on specific common pieces of commercial kitchen equipment:

  • Commercial Refrigerator - If your refrigerator is nearing or more than 10 years old, keep a close eye on your repair and energy usage costs. If key components such as the door seals, hinges and interior liner show excessive wear, it might be time to replace the whole unit. 
  • Griddles - When a griddle is nearing the end of it's life, it may begin heating less quickly. If you notice corrosion, pitting or ruse on the surface, it's generally time to consider replacement.  
  • Commercial Dishwasher - Keep on the lookout for water leaking from the tank or boosters, as that's often a sign of failed welding due to age. Also watch for dishes not coming out clean or controls not working properly. 
  • Ice Maker - Keep track of your ice production to ensure it's actually making the amount it should. If you notice the machine is having trouble harvesting the ice it's made, it's generally a sign that the evaporator is warped.

If you've determined that your equipment isn't quite ready for replacement, Fast Fix LLC is ready to help with all your needs for food-service equipment repair in Missouri and Western Illinois. Our respectful, factory-trained and certified restaurant equipment repair technicians are available 24/7 for any emergency service and we provide warranty work for many manufacturers.

Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Equipment Service & Repair

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Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Services
9403 County Road 154
Auxvasse, MO 65231

Phone: 573-254-3748
St. Louis Customers: 636-FASTFIX
Website: www.FastFixLLC.com

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