When to Replace offers care and maintenance tips for foodservice equipment as well as guidelines for disposing and replacing units.
Microwaves are simple units that require minimal maintenance. Still, there are steps operators can follow to prolong the service life of these units.
While some units from the 1970s remain in use, the typical service life for a microwave oven is about 2,500 hours. A number of signs will signify that a microwave may need replacing.
Commercial microwaves can help foodservice operators increase speed of service and lower a facility's overhead due to the unit's low energy use. For operators that need to conserve space, particularly those with smaller footprints, microwaves can be a desirable piece of foodservice equipment.