One of the largest investments most commercial kitchens and restaurants make is in the equipment they use from day to day. When making this investment, you’ll probably want to know just how long you can keep using each piece before you have to replace it.
The truth is it’s hard to tell exactly how long each item will last. Lifespan of commercial kitchen equipment can vary greatly depending on brand, usage and maintenance. That said, here are some rough estimates of how long these units will last you if you keep them properly maintained:
• Walk-in refrigerator/freezer: The main parts to be concerned about with a walk-in cooling unit are the thermostat (if it goes, the unit may overcool and work itself to death), the compressor (necessary to circulate refrigerant), and the doors (particularly the sealing). When maintained properly, these can last 15 years or more.
• Fryer: Since they use oil for deep-frying, fryers must be regularly and thoroughly cleaned. Otherwise, grease and debris buildup will reduce the effectiveness of the unit and even pose a fire hazard. In addition, the thermostat, burners, and pilot light must be well maintained. A well cared for commercial fryer can last 15 to 20 years.
• Ranges and ovens: Stovetop cooking relies on well-kept burners and a precise thermostat. Electric ranges will also rely on good maintenance as far as wiring and other components are concerned. These will last about 15 to 20 years, with gas stovetops tending more toward the higher end of that range.
• Dishwasher: Regularly changing the tank water, cleaning the filter, and washing out the unit will extend the lifespan of your dishwasher. With regular cleaning and maintenance, commercial dishwashers can last up to 15 years or more.
These are just a few of the appliances you’ll use in a commercial kitchen, but the usual range of 15 to 20 years applies for most units if they are maintained. Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating repairs commercial kitchen equipment and can provide routine maintenance on your equipment as well.