Benefits of Maintaining Your Steam Tables

If your restaurant offers a buffet style meal, you're sure to have several steam tables that you rely on to keep the food nice and hot. What would happen to your business if your steam tables no longer worked properly? In today's blog, Fast Fix LLC offers a few benefits of maintaining your steam tables.

Benefits of Steam Table Maintenance 

1. Have Satisfied Customers.

One of the main benefits of a properly maintained steam table is that you have satisfied guests. No customer wants cold food that's supposed to be hot. Maintaining your steam table and ensuring the food is hot, will not only make your customers happy, but also keep the food at a safe temperature.  

2. Maintain Food Safety Guidelines.

If the food on your buffet is found to be below 140°, it's a violation of the health department code. This can result in a fine from the health inspector, a specified time to get the steam table working properly again or they can shut your restaurant down. You could also receive a lower health score. Each of these things can adversely affect your business. 

3. Avoid Major Repairs or Replacement.

Maintaining your steam table can save you money in the long run by helping you avoid major repairs and/or replacement of the equipment. One common issue with steam tables is that the temperature regulator can malfunction, which will cause the heating element to keep running even when the steam table is hot. Replacing the regulator is less expensive than repairing a damaged heat element. 

How to Maintain Your Steam Tables

The best way to maintain your steam table is to hire a Missouri restaurant equipment maintenance professional. Investing in a regular maintenance program with a company like ours ensures that problems get spotted before they turn into costly repairs. This will also reduce the risk of your steam table breaking down in the middle of a dinner rush. Some things you can do on your own to maintain your steam table include:
  • Ensuring you have a screen over the drainage pipe. It's not uncommon for food to get stuck in that pipe if there's nothing stopping it. If food gets caught in there, it becomes very difficult to clean your steam table. 
  • Keep an eye on the water level in your steam table. There should always be a few bubbles in the water because that means the water is simmering. If you don't see bubbles, that means your steam table isn't working properly. 
  • When you place the food pans in the steam table, make sure you don't leave any room in between the pans. This will keep the steam from being released, which also ensures your steam table isn't being overworked to keep the temperature maintained. 

For all your Missouri and Western Illinois restaurant equipment maintenance and repair needs, you can rely on Fast Fix LLC. We offer individual maintenance agreements for restaurants, schools, nursing homes and other food-service businesses. Let us help you promote the health of your kitchen. Give us a call at 573-254-3748 to learn more.   

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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

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