Although slicers have an average service life of about 10 years, this equipment can last decades, depending on use and care. Here are a few ways to tell when it is time to replace a slicer.
A slicer that is not operating properly will impact the quality of the food being prepped. Operators should be aware of specific signs that indicate the unit needs to be replaced.
Broken or malfunctioning parts: These can impact the slice quality and affect the operator's ability to properly clean the slicer. Depending on the replacement and repair costs, broken components may signify a new unit is needed.
Change in menu: Menu changes that include increased slicing volume, especially with different food items, a new and/or an additional slicer may be necessary to keep up with production and decrease the risk of cross contamination.
Signs of wear and tear: A cracked base or other excessive signs of wear can impact the integrity of the slicer in terms of food safety and operation. Especially with older units, replacement should be considered.
Increased service calls and high repair costs: Slicers can last five to more than 20 years with proper care and maintenance. When service calls begin to increase and repair costs start to add up, these are signs the slicer's service life is ending.
Older models: The NSF updated its requirements for slicers constructed after Nov. 12, 2012. For this reason, older units should be systematically replaced whenever possible.