Used restaurant equipment is a big temptation for anybody who wants to save money today, and with rising food and utility costs, who doesn’t want to save on expenses? A used commercial range is an attractive proposition for restaurant owners, especially new restaurant owners. However, if you are considering a used commercial range, be sure to properly setup a routine maintenance schedule to get the most out of your investment.
Follow these tips when shopping for a commercial range:
– Go with gas. If you have made the decision to buy a used commercial range purchase one that runs on gas! Any piece of gas cooking equipment is pretty reliable if purchased used. This is because they’re designed simply with very few working parts, whereas electric ranges can have heating elements go out, and they’re expensive to replace.
– Top configuration and base type.
There are several different range top configurations to choose from. Be sure to read the product description and find a configuration that suits your needs.
– Inspect the unit. Physically inspect the used Range before you purchase it. This could be difficult if you are shopping online or at an auction. During your inspection check the burner heads and pilot ignition for clogs which is a common deficiency. Also if there is a cabinet or oven base, check the hinges and seal. A bad seal will decrease cooking efficiency and increase energy costs.
– Call the manufacture with any questions. If you have any questions about the used commercial range, the manufacturer will be able to diagnose any potential problem you see and provide repair estimates. If the potential repair is too expensive, or repairs cost more than the used price of the equipment itself, go shopping elsewhere.
To schedule an inspection of your commercial restaurant equipment in St. Louis, contact us at American Services today.