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With the tremendous amount of challenges that can surface while running a foodservice enterprise, your commercial kitchen equipment is the last thing you want to fail.
A failing piece of commercial kitchen equipment can usually be repaired or replaced. But deciding which is necessary can be a difficult decision because of the cost associated with each option. Before deciding, consider if the repair is permanent, or if it is a part that will continue to wear and cause the problem to resurface. Think about the long-term solution and what you have room in your budget to do right away.
Another important factor in the decision is the average life-span of certain pieces of equipment. You can typically expect commercial refrigerators to last 15 years on average. If your equipment is nearing these ages, it may be a better value to consider replacement. Compare energy usage of newer, high-efficiency units as well as any new features that have been developed for newer models. Each of these could tip the scales in one way or the other.
As with any business, capital equipment purchases are a necessary part of operation. If you’re in the foodservice industry, your business simply cannot be successful if your commercial equipment isn’t sustaining its performance. Fortunately, commercial kitchen equipment has been around for a long time. And while this means that there are many options available for choosing the correct equipment for your business, it ultimate depends on your budget, time and service level.
When you have a problem, whether related to a malfunction, or are nearing the end of the equipment life-cycle, make sure that you consider all of the options available. Evaluate your entire enterprise when deciding on capital equipment. Look for new features in modern equipment, reliability, and even the service you get from where you buy it. Every part of the purchasing process should bring value to your business and help contribute to your success.
Here are a few of the most common problems experienced in foodservice with regard to the commercial kitchen equipment.