Equipment Maintenance Pays Off

Summary

  • Prioritize Equipment Maintenance: Regular maintenance and care of equipment is essential for cost control and customer satisfaction.
  • Benefits of Smart Maintenance: Implementing a consistent maintenance schedule optimizes efficiency, ensures a reliable guest experience, maintains sanitation standards, and prevents property damage and workplace injuries.
  • Maintenance Tips: Focus on staff training, thorough cleaning, and preventive maintenance tasks to avoid major issues and costly repairs. 

Why smart equipment maintenance matters

Across the foodservice industry, budgets continue to shrink. Operators are continually asked to do more with less, from staffing to kitchen operations. 

Taking proper daily care of your equipment and keeping a regular maintenance schedule are two easy ways for operators to hit budget goals while keeping long-term costs down. Plus, it can elevate the customer experience and your operation overall. 

Smart maintenance should be a constant priority. The cost is low and the benefits are massive:

  • Optimizes water and energy efficiency. Neglected pieces tend to use more of both, contributing to higher costs. 
  • Delivers a consistent, reliable guest experience. Avoid the mess and fallout of a mid-rush breakdown.
  • Keeps your operation sanitary. Meet new or existing sanitation requirements before they become a problem. 
  • Protects your customers, staff and property. Poor maintenance can lead to property damage through leaks or fires, in addition to workplace injuries.

Refocus on the basics

Whether you’re refining your equipment maintenance strategy or implementing a new one, here are a few tips to help you get started. 

Tune-up training

Take this time to ensure your staff uses each piece of equipment in your operation properly as outlined by the manufacturer, adhering to the warranty. Actions such as slamming oven doors or banging fry baskets can lead to dented doors, loose hinges and bent frames that require expensive onsite fixes and replacements.

Start scrubbing

When was the last time you gave the entire kitchen a thorough cleaning, top to bottom? Make time to complete this task, then determine how to make it a more frequent occurrence. Consider breaking the kitchen into zones that you deep clean on a regular basis. Note any dings or damage across your equipment that should be addressed for optimal performance. 

Prevent bigger issues

Service technicians can spot issues before they become huge headaches. Be sure to stay on top of regular maintenance tasks, such as:

  • Grease-trap and exhaust-hood cleaning
  • Refrigeration and HVAC maintenance
  • Equipment calibration
  • Waste and pest management

If you’re ready for an upgrade or have gaps in your kitchen, explore a WOW-worthy display of today’s top equipment and supplies at The NAFEM Show, Feb. 26-28, 2025, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. Register today!

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