- Food and Cooking
Restaurant Equipment Parts
Sourcing Restaurant Equipment Parts
When an appliance goes out in your restaurant’s kitchen, it can bring your whole business to a grinding halt. Getting restaurant equipment parts quickly is a must to be able to stay profitable. You do not have time to get a part shipped overnight, and if your local supplier does not stock what you need, a buy-it-now on Ebay might fix your problem, but it is a good idea to stock up on certain likely-to-fail parts.
Larger metropolitan areas will usually have half a dozen part suppliers that cater to the food preparation industry, but that does not mean they stock everything necessary to keep you running.
Some back up solutions are a must to keep your customers happy and coming back. By sticking with the more popular and reputable manufacturers when buying your appliances, this will insure that parts will be more readily available at a local level.
This type of technology has not changed much over the last few decades, and most of the time parts are interchangeable from model to model. When buying your appliances, ask your salesperson about the most likely items on the unit that will fail, and how many do they keep in stock for replacement. If the answer is special order only, then take that brand off your shopping list and ask them which units they support with a large inventory of replacement parts.
By stocking the item that need replacing more frequently than most, you can save yourself a lot of grief and down time. The outlay of say a thousand dollars in spare parts may save you the two thousand dollars for having to be closed the rest of the day.
Usually the parts that fail the most are ones that move frequently, and that are small and can become brittle and break. In addition, an extra oven thermostat is necessary to be able to use your oven at proper operating temperatures.
Washers for faucet controls, any type of rubber gasket that can fail, seals for stainless steel sinks, and auto igniters on your gas range are just a few items to look at for creating a spare parts list. Check to see if any of your equipment has proprietary parts, such as fuses that you cannot buy at the local hardware store. Keeping on top of your appliances, period maintenance should thwart any little emergencies that come up, by replacing the parts before they fail.
Having a good relationship with your local parts supplier, and keeping them apprised of your overall situation will help keep the inventory you may need in the future stocked on their shelves.