Why Regular Maintenance will help you

Well-functioning equipment is important in order for a restaurant to be successful. Your equipment determines and guides the operations of the entire business. Lack of maintenance can lead to equipment malfunction in the long run. This, in turn, reduces your profit margins, decreases equipment performance and increases wastage. You can also incur huge losses, especially if the equipment breaks down during peak hours or right before you open.

To avoid these problems, it is important to ensure that your restaurant equipment is regularly maintained at all times. How is restaurant equipment maintenance beneficial to your business?

Saving Money

Restaurant equipment is extremely expensive, and you cannot afford to ignore maintenance. In most cases, larger repairs are not covered under warranty, so you will end up having to spend your own money on repairs. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is working well and any issues are sorted out early enough to prevent major damages.

In the long run, maintaining your restaurant equipment on a regular basis will save you money and will save you from having to deal large repairs. In addition, poorly maintained restaurant equipment tends to consume more energy which raises your energy bills. When you maintain your restaurant equipment, it lasts longer. Meaning you don’t have to regularly spend your income on purchasing new equipment.

Boosting and Maintaining Food Quality

The condition of your restaurant equipment also determines the quality of food. Even if you have hired the best chefs but use poorly upheld equipment, your food quality will fail to meet the required standards.

 

To survive in this industry, you have to do everything possible to ensure the quality of your food remains superior compared to your competitors. With well-maintained equipment, you can be assured your food is safe for your customers.

Improving the Speed of Operations

A restaurant kitchen is a busy place. It must have rapid turn times in order to keep up with customers and orders. Poorly upheld equipment significantly slows down the operations of your kitchen. Depreciated equipment slows down the preparation of food.

The quality of your restaurant subsequently also slows down and can make you lose customers, which translates into the loss of revenue. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, make sure your restaurant equipment is looked after to improve efficiency in operations.

 Old Kitchen Equipment

Each machine in your restaurant is supposed to serve you adequately and help you get the required revenue for your business. A time comes when you have to get rid of your old machinery and replace it with new equipment. When equipment is well maintained, it will not only serve you for a long period but will fetch a good price on the market as compared to damaged machinery.

Prolonging the life

When equipment is used on a daily basis, wear and tear is bound to happen. But with regular maintenance, commercial kitchen equipment can be kept in good condition. It helps prevent premature damage.

Maintenance lengthens the lifespan of your restaurant equipment and slows down the depreciation rate. Regular care of minor damages helps to prevent a major breakdown, which will end up costing you a lot of money to fix. In addition, regular maintenance takes care of minor damages which help to avert damages that can cause hazards.

 Reducing the Fire Risk

A commercial kitchen restaurant is always exposed to the risk of catching fire, especially when routine equipment maintenance is not carried out. When checked regularly, equipment remains in the right condition which helps to safeguard the kitchen against fire hazards.

Equipment Maintenance Checklist:

1.   Cleaning of the Vent, Hood, and Duct

The hood, vent, and duct should be cleaned regularly to get rid of grease from various parts of the structures.the cleanup should be carried out by a qualified contractor at least twice per year.

2.   Cleaning of Grease Filters

Grease filters collect grease from vapors that travel through the duct. Even though grease filters simplify cleaning of the duct, they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent the risk of fires. It is recommended to clean grease filters at least once every week especially for commercial kitchens that prepare greasy foods.

3.   Inspection of the Fryers, Grills, Ovens

The equipment with high grease must be regularly maintained to safeguard against any fire hazards. Regular maintenance as per the manufacturer’s instructions recommends daily cleaning. In addition, a qualified contractor should come in to examine the equipment as there are sections that can’t be accessed by unqualified staff.

4.   Automatic Extinguishing Systems Service

For safety purposes, an automatic extinguishing system should always be in good condition. For this reason, the system should be regularly inspected by qualified personnel at least twice a year.

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