Published on Friday, 10 July 2015
Written by The Editors
Cleaning and Maintenance Considerations with Food Wells
Food wells keep food hot or cold to promote food safety. Due to the basic design of these units, cleaning and maintenance are not as complicated as with other equipment. Here, Tom Gloster, field supervisor at Alpro Service Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., discusses the cleaning and maintenance considerations for food wells.
- In terms of cleaning, food wells should be rinsed with a mild detergent and wiped out on a daily basis.
- If water is used, this needs to be drained and refilled daily to prevent scale and mineral buildup.
- With plumbing connections, staff members should not yank or hang items on the unit’s pipes. This can cause a break in the connection point.
- One sign indicating that a hot food well is failing is scorch marks on the bottom of the well.
- Staff members should keep an eye on food well temperatures. If there are issues with the thermostat, the food well is not getting enough heat or there are varying temperatures, the unit needs to be serviced.
- If there is no power when the thermostat is activated, this may indicate that the heating element, line or a wire needs servicing.