Keeping Your Commercial Ovens in Tip-Top Shape

In order to avoid costly repairs, its important you maintain your commercial ovens. Ovens are an integral part of any kitchen and keeping them in proper working condition will keep your business running smoothly. Fast Fix LLC is here to provide you with some tips and advice on keeping your commercial ovens and ranges in tip-top shape!

Cleaning Your Commercial Ovens

The best way to maximize the life of your kitchen appliances is to keep them clean. The same principle applies to your commercial ovens and ranges. Cleaning as you go will help you avoid baked on food and liquids, which are much harder to clean. Obviously, you're not going to be able to clean a spill inside the oven until after it's cooled, but if something does spill be sure to clean it up before the next use of the oven. As for the range, you can wipe up spills on the stove top when they happen. For food that gets down under the burners, you'll want to wait until the burner cools and remove it so you can get to the drip tray to wipe it down. Depending on the severity of the spill, you may have to take the drip tray out and soak it.

Inside the Oven

When it comes to the inside of your oven, you'll want to make sure to remove any leftover crumbs and food. Leftovers will cook further, causing smoke that will affect the flavor of your food. You can also remove the racks and clean them separately and easily by soaking them in boiling, soapy water. Even if you're keeping up on the cleaning as you go, you'll want to deep clean your ovens at least once a month. No matter how well you clean them each day or even each week, small food particles can be left behind that will eventually build up. If you're looking to upgrade your ovens, consider investing in self-cleaning models. If you already have one, the hard work of cleaning your oven is much easier. By doing a deep clean each month, you'll ensure your commercial oven continues working the way it should - and your food continues tasting great!

General Maintenance for Your Commercial Ovens

In addition to keeping your ovens clean, there are a few other things you can do to make sure your commercial ovens stay functioning properly. You'll want to inspect a few areas regularly to ensure the efficiency of your commercial ovens.

Oven Door Seal 

Over time, you may notice that your food takes longer to cook or that there appears to be diffuse heat around the oven. This is generally the result of a loose fitting door seal. You can test the seal by placing a sheet of paper between the door seal, and if you can slide it in and out, the seal is too loose. To maintain a tight fit in your oven door seal, avoid putting to much pressure on the door. This could be in the form of swinging the door open too hard and too widely, or by hanging heavy objects off the door. This excess pressure on the hinges will loosen them, and eventually lead to a loose door seal as well.

Oven Thermostat

Another common issue with ovens involved the thermostat. If you notice that your food is taking longer to cook, and the door seal is fine, there could be an issue with the thermostat. On the other hand, if your food is cooking too quickly, that's another sign of a thermostat issue. You should check to make sure your oven thermostat is properly calibrated every few months. To do so, use an internal oven thermometer and compare its reading to that of the temperature you set the oven to. If there's a difference in temperature, you may need to re-calibrate the oven controls or replace the thermostat.

If these quick fix maintenance tips don't solve your commercial oven issues, it may be time to call in the experts. Our team of professional restaurant equipment repair technicians in Missouri and Western Illinois are here to help with all your maintenance and repair needs. We even offer 24/7 emergency repair services. Give Fast Fix LLC a call at 573-254-3748 for all your commercial food-service equipment repair needs!

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9403 County Road 154
Auxvasse, MO 65231

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