Equipment Essentials – Electric Deep Fryers

Is it time to replace your electric deep fryer?

For many businesses, the deep fryer is an essential part of the kitchen. And like any other piece of equipment, it too can be prone to breaking down.  But how do you know if your problem is a simple fix or a sign that it’s game over?

Well, here are a few tips that might help you to be able to spot the difference.

What if the fryer won’t heat up?

This is obviously a big problem—because if a fryer won’t heat up, it’s literally not going to help you at all. A fryer that doesn’t fry is basically a glorified oil-holder—and it will just take up space in your kitchen.  But believe it or not, this problem doesn’t always indicate that it’s time for a replacement!

Deep FryerIf your oil overheats, it might trip the reset button—which should be located on the back of the unit. Pressing this should reset everything and get you back into business. If this doesn’t work, then there’s a chance that your thermostat has gone bad.

Replacing your thermostat, in this case, should be the next plan of action. If that doesn’t work, then you might need to look at the heating element. If you replace the heating element, however, and the fryer still doesn’t work, then it might be time to start shopping for a replacement—because the odds of you fixing the problem without spending a lot of money are pretty slim.

Other possible reasons to replace your fryer

One of the main problems that tends to come up with electric deep fryers is with the wiring. If the wiring starts to get too old or too worn, there’s a good chance that you’re going to start experiencing breakdowns. This can be complicated, because sometimes the fix is easy—while at other times, the problem might be difficult to track down without a lot of effort and troubleshooting.

Repair bills for projects like this can quickly shoot through the roof—which is why leasing or buying a new electric deep fryer might be a better idea if your model is becoming especially problematic.  Physical damage to the fryer itself can also have an impact on its performance. Dents, major scratches, and other physical signs of wear (broken buttons, cracked displays, loosening bolts, etc.) can also take a toll on your fryer’s effectiveness, and may require you to really weigh the cost of repairs against the cost of a new model.

In some cases, you can get quotes to help you make your decision—especially if you have a good service company in your contact list.  But even so, sometimes the damage simply goes too far—and even if you could repair the unit, you need to take into account how much more time you’ll have until it breaks down again.

Lease Vs. BuyIf a fryer continues to break down on a semi-regular basis, causes hold-ups, or otherwise slows down your production costs, you need to take into account not only the cost of the repairs, but also the loss of business.  Sometimes, it just makes sense to buy or lease something new so that reliability won’t be an issue.

Remember—in the restaurant industry, consistency is a key element to success.  If you can’t rely on your equipment, then you’re going to face much larger problems than fryer downtime. Customers might get agitated at delays, may not return, and may even tell other people about their negative experience.  Breakdowns might not always be avoidable—but it’s always a good idea to think about the bigger picture when determining whether or not you should invest in something new.

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