If you are the owner of a hotel, motel, nursing home, school, church, catering service or any type of establishment that has a restaurant, then am sure you will agree with me that your kitchen is an integral part of your organization. This is why it is important that you keep your commercial stoves running efficiently and safely so that you can be successful in your day to day operation. It doesn’t matter if you are a long time veteran chef or you just got started in the food service business, it is essential that you have the right type of commercial range to meet the needs of your company and if you are just buying one, then you not only need professional maintenance but you also need professional installation.
What are commercial stoves?
Commercial stoves are similar to commercial ranges, as they both include an open storage area at the bottom, an oven and a cooktop surface. And in some cases you may find some being installed as countertop units. These commercial appliances run on either electricity or gas, but unlike a home stove, these units are more durable, they have a bigger surface area and a lot more heating power.
What are the different types of commercial stoves?
The type of range or stove that you buy will depend greatly on what the needs are of your commercial kitchen, for example a church that may only make 100 meals per week, does not need the same type of stove as a restaurant that makes hundreds of meals each day. This is why you first have to consider the needs of your food service establishment before you make a final decision on the type of range or stove that you should buy. Now let us take a look at some of the most popular types of commercial stoves and ranges.
Restaurant Ranges – you will typically find these in catering services, cafes, diners and restaurants. They don’t cost as much as heavy duty stoves and they also cost less to service, but they are a lot more expensive to install. These are ideal for kitchens that produce less than 250 meals per day and they take up a lot less space when compared to a heavy duty range.
Heavy Duty Stoves – Other names for these types of stoves are modular stoves, sectional or battery ranges. The reason is these types of heavy duty stoves are designed to be connected together in a lineup that is continuous. The cost to buy one of these units are a lot more than a regular restaurant stove, but they are ideal for high volume kitchens that need to produce more than 260 meals per day. These units can survive the heaviest stockpots as they are extremely durable and have a very powerful energy output. What increase energy output means for a restaurant owner is a more efficient kitchen, as this will reduce cooking time, but the downside is that there is higher energy cost associated with this. These units take up a lot of space and you can typically find them in big organizations like correctional facilities, hospitals and schools.
Wok Stoves – This type of stove is specifically customized with support rings that are raised so that they can accommodate the rounded woks that are typically found in Asian restaurants.
Why you should only use a professional range repair company to service your appliances?
- Commercial ranges and stoves should only be serviced by highly trained technicians, so that you do not void your factory warranty because of bad repair or low quality parts.
- Help you to keep your establishment up to code
- These appliances require regular maintenance if you want them to function efficiently, as they get a lot of wear and tear.
Common commercial stove repair problems
Your stove is not turning on – whenever you need commercial range repair, you need to act immediately, whether it is the entire stove that is not working or a single burner. You have to exercise extreme caution when repairing stoves and ranges since they operate off natural gas. You can avoid safety issues by having the repairman to check for clogged fuel lines and gas leaks.
The ignition is not operating – the electronic igniter can wear out over time as you have to light and relight it on a daily basis, unless of course your stove has a pilot light.
Oven getting too hot or not reaching the desired temperature – You should first check the temperature with a thermometer once you notice the problem to verify the issue. If you do have a problem, then more than likely the thermostat is not calibrated properly or it may be defective. In either case you need to call a commercial stove service technician immediately so that you can avoid the risks and problems associated with undercooked or overcooked food.
Ventilation issues – If you have excessive grease buildup or smoke in your commercial kitchen, then you can expect bad service issues in the near future.
We have experience repairing ranges and replacing parts such as:
- Burner assemblies
- Ignition Assemblies
- Safety valves
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