How to Know When to Replace Grills & Griddles

When properly maintained, grills and griddles can last 10 years or more. However, here are four issues that indicate replacement may be necessary.

While very durable, griddles and grills can show some signs that it is time to replace these pieces of cooking equipment. Here are four telltale signs that it is time to consider replacing a griddle or grill.

Repair costs: When repair costs for these units start adding up, it may make sense to replace the equipment rather than fix it.

Signs of wear and tear: Cleaning solutions and acidic sauces are enemies of steel. If grills or griddles show signs of corrosion, pitting and/or excessive rust, the equipment's operation may be compromised and replacement should be considered.

Inconsistent results: If it is taking longer for the grill or griddle to heat up or complete a cooking task, this will negatively affect food quality and/or speed of service. For older or heavily-used units, this may be a sign that the unit's service life is ending.

Menu or venue change: If a foodservice operation is experiencing a major menu overhaul or is moving to a larger or smaller facility with a different footprint and/or utility capabilities, it is time to re-evaluate the grills and griddles to confirm if new units are warranted.

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