If you’re just starting out in the restaurant business or you’re just looking to save money, used restaurant equipment can be a great option. One piece of refrigeration equipment that can make sense to buy on the used market is a commercial freezer. However, there are a few things you need to check to insure that what you are buying is a good deal.
The first thing you want to do when you go looking for a used freezer is make sure you are buying from a reputable used appliance business. Of course you can buy from a private party, but there are inherent risks in getting commercial equipment from individuals. So buying from a used appliance store is probably the safest way to go, but you still want to check that they have a good reputation. Start with internet research and see if they have any complaints lodged against them. Also check with the local Better Business Bureau and see if anyone has filed a report. After a bit of research, it’s then time to actually visit the store.
When you are looking at the used freezers, check the exterior for any obvious damage. Next if the freezer isn’t plugged in, ask to have it plugged in and make sure it doesn’t make any strange noises and that it runs smoothly. You will also want to check the temperature with a digital thermometer to make sure that it is operating properly. You can then check all the door seals and make sure there aren’t any cracks and they are still pliable and not dried out. Open and shut the door several times to make sure it has a good seal.
A good final check after the freezer has been running is to make sure that it isn’t leaking anything. Of course condensation is normal, but you don’t want to see massive leaks coming from under the freezer. You will also want to check the thermostat and make sure that it is functional and is lowering the temperature properly.
Used freezers can be a great value and save you significant money. However, you have to be careful and do your research so you are truly getting a good deal.
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