Foodservice Equipment Repair & Maintenance

Foodservice Equipment Repair & Maintenance offers care and maintenance tips for foodservice equipment to help foodservice professionals extend the service life of equipment as well as guidelines for disposing and replacing units.

Be Prepared When Buying Unknown Equipment

With operator budgets remaining tight due to a variety of economic factors, the temptation remains to buy used or lesser-known foodservice equipment in order to save a few bucks. Here are a few tips to help foodservice operators tell the good opportunities from the bad.

Grills: An Overview

Grills have heat sources located below the cooking grate and food, and as the protein's fat drips onto the heat source it vaporizes to create a char broiled flavor.

How to Know When to Replace Grills

Grills are hot pieces of equipment with metal that expands and contracts, which can put stress on connection points.

Grill Applications

Grills represent an integral piece of cooking equipment in many operations, as these units handle the preparation of high-priced meats, protein and fish.

Maintaining Grills

The higher the volume and the more sauces and marinades used, the more often grills need to be cleaned.

Spec Check: Grills

Grills come in a variety of sizes and types that are geared for a wide range of menu items. Operators need to carefully weigh their options when specifying these units.

Energy Efficiency and Grills

There is no Energy Star rating for grills, since this equipment is not designed for energy efficiency.

Beverage Dispensers: An Overview

Beverage dispensers come in a variety of categories and can handle such liquids as soft drinks, juice, milk and even coffee. Here is an overview of this foodservice equipment segment.

How to Know When to Replace a Beverage Dispenser

Beverage dispensers are a capital piece of equipment that offer a service life of between seven and 10 years on average.

Beverage Dispenser Applications

Beverage dispensers serve double duty, providing various types of drinks, dispensing ice and serving as a merchandising tool.

Maintaining a Beverage Dispenser

It's important to follow cleaning procedures on a regular basis or the quality and taste of beverages may be compromised.