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Refrigerated display cases can last for many years when properly maintained. Yet, there are signs that signify a unit needs to be replaced.
Although maintaining refrigerated display cases is not complicated, there are a number of cleaning and maintenance protocols that can help extend the unit's service life and ensure maximum energy efficiency.
Refrigerated display cases offer both closed and open air units for a variety of uses. Operators need to weigh the energy usage versus the convenience factor when deciding on which type is best. Here are a number of factors foodservice operators and their supply chain partners should consider when specifying these units.
Closed refrigerated display cases are Energy Star rated, and all units offer a number of options that can help increase energy efficiency.
Foodservice operators use open refrigerated display cases to sell a variety of food and beverage items that must remain cool but not frozen. Examples of products these display cases can house include pre-packaged items such as salads and sandwiches and beverages.
If treated well, it is not uncommon for a piece of hot food holding equipment to last for a very long time. More often than not, foodservice operators tend to replace their hot food holding equipment based on aesthetics rather than the item's wearing out. Also, some operators may identify the need to add a few more pieces of hot food holding equipment to help smooth production and provide better customer service.
Unlike other pieces of foodservice equipment, which can be more involved, maintaining a piece of hot food holding equipment is rather straightforward.
The good news is that hot food holding equipment carries an Energy Star rating. The bad news is that this category is up for review by Energy Star and the products will need to go through a more stringent series of testing and verification steps in order to earn this much sought after rating. So the future for this product category is uncertain at the moment as foodservice equipment manufacturers continue to come to grips with the new Energy Star regulations.
In addition to keeping menu items at desired temperatures, hot food holding equipment can provide countless other benefits to many foodservice operations.