5 Equipment Best Practices to Safeguard Uptime

3Wire 12/30/2016

We’re in the foodservice parts business, so we understand the need for quality equipment care and repair. But there’s more to caring for your equipment then fixing it when something breaks. Make these five activities part of your daily routine to keep your equipment humming along.

Keep Track of Owner’s Manuals

The best thing you can do for your equipment is to read through the owner’s manual for each piece of equipment. Do so and you’ll learn how to care for each piece of equipment and to maintain your warranties. Keep manuals in a handy spot so you know where they are when you need them for maintenance or repair.

If you don’t have your owner’s manual, there’s a good chance you can find it here. We keep a long list of current and discontinued equipment manuals. Use the keyword search or Shop by Manufacturer index bar to find the model, and look for the manual there.

Clean Equipment Every Day

Many equipment repairs can be avoided by a simple daily cleaning. This isn’t a deep clean or a thorough inspection; save those more intense routines for weekly or monthly rotations. All daily cleaning requires is a good wiping down, removing grime, crumbs, and food buildup at the end of the day, or throughout the day as needed. Do this and see your equipment cook better and work more efficiently. Plus, you’ll have a cleaner kitchen with less chance of contamination.

Teach Employees What to Watch For

Don’t take it solely upon yourself to maintain your equipment. That will quickly become a fulltime job for you. Instead, teach your employees the basic rules of equipment maintenance. This includes relevant cleaning procedures, equipment issues to watch for, and what to do when equipment acts up. You’ll have more eyes focused on watching over and caring for your kitchen equipment throughout the day.

Set a Schedule for Regular Inspection

Scheduled daily, weekly, or monthly cleanings are a great time to take a closer look at components, connections, and parts associated with your equipment. This is the time to look for small leaks, corrosion, or poor fittings (especially gaskets). Catching these things early can help reduce the chances of needing a bigger repair. If you’re unsure what to look for, use your owner’s manual as a guide. Or, get a professional inspection by scheduling a tune-up with your service technician.

Keep Spare Parts On Hand

If you typically replace the same parts on the same piece of equipment repeatedly, it makes sense to keep a store of these parts in inventory. Some parts take heavy daily abuse and don’t hold up as well as others. And, when something breaks, there’s no guarantee the service tech will have the part you need. Keeping these parts on hand yourself reduces downtime and keeps your kitchen cooking.

For spare parts and other parts needs, we are here to help with the genuine OEM parts specific to your business.