Commercial kitchens require basic appliances such as oven and refrigerators in the day-to-day operations and preparation of food. Notably, ovens are vital in baking all kinds of meals such as pizzas, cakes and bread. Therefore, you need your commercial oven to be functional at all times for optimal business performance. Apart from the maintenance regimen in the user manual, you need to adhere to the following tips to get the most out of your commercial ovens.
Clean Spills Immediately -- Commercial kitchens are susceptible to spills such as soup, batter and excess food. If not wiped on a daily basis, these spills can ruin the shiny finish of the oven. It is recommended that you meticulously clean the interior of the oven at intervals of 4 weeks apart from the daily cleaning. Thorough cleaning will require you to power down the oven and remove some components. If you have the metal interior type, try cleaning using a combo of warm water and soap. For porcelain interiors, use commercial oven cleaners. For effective removal of stubborn stains and spills, use an oven brush. The cleaning agent should never encounter the fan and the heater.
Calibrate Thermostats -- When you use your commercial oven for years, the thermostat will start to lose its calibration accuracy. The effect of this loss is that temperatures can fluctuate and affect the quality of food produced. Slamming the oven door can tamper with the calibration capability of the thermostat. After a couple of months, make a call to a technician to re-calibrate the thermostat.
Check Fan Motor -- Use compressed air to blow out dirt and debris from fan motor vents to prevent overheating. Most importantly, a fan motor is a crucial component that keeps the oven aerated. Also, the belt attached to the blower should be checked for signs of wear and tear. Always replace the belt with a new one every time you spot a sign of damage to it.
Oven Door -- The most common reason why foods take too long to cook inside an oven is a broken door. When the door seal fails to hold the door firmly, your oven will experience gradual heat loss, leading to high utility bills. Technicians recommend that you test the door by slipping a thin paper through the sides while the door is closed. If the paper goes inside the oven, then you have some repair issues to manage. Furthermore, hanging heavy objects such saucepans on the oven door can damage the hinges.