A commercial mixer’s life span is highly dependent on you, its owner. And you want that life span to last as long as possible! The more years, months, days and batches you get out of your mixer, the better your return on investment and the less you’re paying out of pocket for kitchen equipment, which can add up to quite a bit over the long term.
How can you extend your commercial mixer’s life span?
Lubricate Moving Parts
Lubrication is important because it helps ensure that when moving parts rub against each other, the heat that develops from the friction doesn’t warp or melt the components. You need to make sure all the right parts are adequately lubricated, such as bowl clamps and bowl lift side rails.
Replace Seals When Needed
A leaky seal must be fixed quickly. If you don’t have the time or skill to do this properly, call a local technician to help.
Maintain and Repair Safety Features
Minor repairs to safety features can drastically extend the length of a commercial mixer’s life span. For instance, a frayed power cord may only cost $100. Of course, once you pay for multiple part replacements, you might start to get frustrated with the cost, but remember — it’s less expensive than paying a workers’ compensation claim after an employee is injured.
Do In-Depth Cleanings
Your commercial mixer should be cleaned thoroughly about once a month, maybe more often, depending on usage. This is a cleaning session in which the intricate parts are disassembled and everything is scrubbed clean and sanitized. While it can be time-consuming and tricky, it’s worth it when you’re adding months and potentially years onto the life of the mixer.
Are you following manufacturer recommendations when it comes to how much you’re loading into the mixer? If you’re consistently overloading the bowl, the motor will burn out much faster than you’d expect. If you find you need a larger mixer, consider adding an appliance to your kitchen.
Follow Manufacturer Guidelines
If you aren’t sure about a maintenance task or you’re wondering about the specifics of any task, err on the side of caution and check the manufacturers’ guidelines for instructions. Many high-profile manufacturers post product guides online to help buyers keep their appliances in ideal condition.
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