Preventative Maintenance Tips for the Commercial Kitchen

3Wire 12/30/2016

If you own or operate a commercial kitchen, any time is a perfect time to perform easy preventative maintenance tasks that will keep you up and running. Focus your efforts on five key areas to monitor and manage regularly.

Check and Calibrate Thermostats

When thermostats display the wrong temperature, heating and cooling food becomes inefficient, threatening food quality and safety. Plan to check thermostats and other control systems often to make sure ovens, refrigerators, and freezers are operating at the correct temperature. Look in equipment operational manuals for instructions on how to calibrate thermostats.

Replace Gaskets if Needed

Gaskets keep hot air inside ovens and cold air inside refrigerators and freezers. But gaskets wear out with time and use. Periodically, check the condition of all gaskets in your kitchen. If you see rips or tears, it’s time for immediate replacement. Check to see if the seal is tight by closing the door on a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out with no resistance, it’s time to buy a new gasket.

Don’t Forget the Burners and Pilot Lights

Grease and food spills can clog burners and cause significant damage over time. If you have a gas range, check the burners regularly. Do the flames light up evenly and together? If not, the burner ports may be clogged. Also, check your gas oven’s pilot light. If the pilot light does not stay lit, it might be clogged as well. Instructions on how to clean burner ports and pilot lights are included in your operational manual. And remember, whenever you’re dealing with gas, be sure to turn it off at the shut-off valve before making any repairs.

Give Your Condenser Coils a Break

Typically found under your refrigerator, condenser coils cool down the refrigerant in the refrigeration cycle. But gradually, these can become covered with dust and grime. The condenser labors too hard, causing inefficient performance and shorter equipment life. At least four times each year, simply vacuum off the dust buildup to restore the unit to optimal efficiency.

Keep the Water Flowing

Hard water can cause calcium buildup in equipment, leading to poor water pressure and low-quality water. Make it a habit to descale steamers, boilers, ice machines, and combi ovens with descaling chemicals approved by your equipment’s manufacturer at least twice a year.

For these and other preventative maintenance operations, refer to your equipment’s operational manuals for the information specific to the models in your kitchen. Use the Shop By Manufacturer index at the top of this screen to find manuals by manufacturer and model.

When you need to replace parts, you can be sure that we have the genuine OEM replacement parts you need. And if you don’t feel comfortable performing these preventative maintenance tasks on your own, call your local service agent for a kitchen tune-up and let him or her help you diagnose any equipment issues.