The food service industry is one of the most intensely competitive and difficult to break into. With a slim profit margin and competition on every corner, restaurant and commercial kitchen managers need to make wise decisions every step of the way in order to succeed. This is true even with the maintenance of their commercial kitchen. You need to save costs as much as possible without compromising the efficiency of your kitchen.
The choice to repair or replace your commercial kitchen equipment is a difficult one. 30 years ago most commercial kitchen equipment was repairable by employees because it was simple to operate. However, more and more high-tech options are being introduced into the foodservice industry that makes a professional repair service necessary for even minor issues.
It’s more and more difficult to understand your equipment and when it’s reached the end of its service life. You’ll want to ask your repair professionals the following questions before determining whether to repair or replace your kitchen equipment:
- Will my warranty cover the needed repairs? Cost-savings are a top priority for commercial kitchen managers. If your warranty will cover certain repairs, you should always take advantage of this before replacing the equipment.
- Is this piece of equipment close to the end of its service life? One of the signs of a declining piece of commercial equipment is an increase in the frequency of repairs. This could mean your equipment is on its way out, and that repairing its current issues will only lead to more repairs. Ask your MaintenX professional about the expected service life for your equipment if it is having recurring issues.
- Are you looking for an upgrade? There is probably at least one piece of equipment that you’ve considered upgrading over the next few years. If this piece of equipment is experiencing repeated repairs, you may want to consider replacing it now. You’ll save more money in the long run with an energy-efficient and modern equipment design than repairing something that is outdated.
Maintaining a commercial kitchen is a balancing act. To learn more about your options for commercial kitchen repairs and installations, contact your local MaintenX team today!