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4 Signs You Need to Call a Commercial Refrigeration Repair Technician

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You can't run a restaurant without some type of refrigeration unit. Refrigeration is important for keeping foods fresh, and it's critical that the refrigeration unit is working properly to maintain optimal temperatures. Today's blog discusses some signs that show it's time to call a restaurant equipment repair technician in Missouri.

1. Spoiled Food. 
Spoiled food likely means that the refrigeration unit is not maintaining the proper temperature. If your refrigeration unit seems warmer than normal, it's time to call in a professional. First check that the thermostat didn't accidentally get set to the wrong temperature. If the thermostat is set correctly, you might have an issue with the door gaskets, a broken fan or a malfunctioning temperature sensor. Your technician will be able to address the issue and get your unit back up and running properly so food doesn't spoil anymore.

2. A Water Leak. 
Watch for puddles around your refrigeration unit. Whether it…

Maintaining Your Coffee Shop Equipment

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With the freezing weather we've been experiencing across the Midwest, people just can't get enough of their warm morning coffee! As a coffee shop owner, it's important that you keep your equipment maintained, especially during the busy season. Today's blog from Fast Fix LLC offers some tips for maintaining some of the common pieces of equipment in your coffee shop.

Cleaning Your Commercial Espresso Machine 
While proper maintenance of your espresso machine can save you money, the most important reason to clean and maintain your equipment comes down to the taste. Espresso machines quickly fill up with resins from the oil in your coffee. If allowed to accumulate on critical parts of the machine, these oils will most certainly turn your espresso products bitter. Use the following checklist to ensure you're properly cleaning your espresso machine:
After every cup, make sure you blow the remaining water and milk out of the steam wand. Once leftover milk gets drawn back i…

4 Common Ways Commercial Kitchen Equipment is Misused

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The misuse and abuse of restaurant equipment are among the leading causes of malfunction and premature failure of that equipment. In addition, most warranties won't cover repairs that result from misuse, abuse or neglect. Therefore, it's essential that you teach all restaurant employees how to properly use, clean and maintain your food-service equipment. Keep reading to learn about some of the common ways commercial kitchen equipment is misused.

1. Cleaning Kitchen Equipment with Harsh Chemicals.
When in a hurry, which is often the case in the restaurant business, people try to rush through cleaning and get it done quickly. Often times employees with reach for the de-greaser or some other harsh chemical that they think will get the job done as fast as possible. Unfortunately, many pieces of kitchen equipment aren't designed to be cleaned with chemicals. All that's needed is warm water and mild soap. Too much exposure to harsh chemicals can reduce the life of the equipm…

Do's and Don'ts of Making a Service Call

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When a piece of restaurant equipment fails to function properly, what's the first thing you do. In many cases, people just reach for the phone to call a professional restaurant equipment repair company in Missouri, such as Fast Fix LLC. However, that's not always the best idea. To save yourself and the technician some frustration, follow these do's and don'ts for making a service call.

DO follow a checklist to ensure you've done everything you can. Many service technicians have checklists that the equipment operator can use. Ask your service technician for one the next time you see them. By answering the questions on the checklist before scheduling a service call, operators not only avoid unnecessary calls, but can provide valuable info that the tech can leverage before arriving on-site.

DON'T make a service call unless you've checked to make sure the equipment is properly plugged in (and the indicator light is on). There's nothing worse than the technici…