There comes a time when all food-service businesses must replace their commercial refrigerator. There are a lot of options available on the market, so it is important to know what you’re looking for before you buy. It isn’t always easy to choose new restaurant equipment, so here are four tips to help get you started.
Keep an eye on the brand
Like most commercial kitchen equipment, the brand you choose matters. You’ll quickly realize in your research that there are many manufacturers to choose from, so it is important to decide on which brand you can trust. Some concentrate on making products that offer the best quality on the market, while others choose to deliver value at an affordable price. Each manufacturer has their own niche in the market, so it’s important to decide which brand is worth your investment.
Ask about refrigerator warranties
Your restaurant equipment isn’t going to last forever. Even the best commercial units will need maintenance eventually. It is best to have scheduled maintenance in case of a break down. Most commercial refrigeration units will come with extended warranties that will cover maintenance. The warranties are usually honored by a network of certified technicians in your area who have experience in getting your equipment back into running condition. Before choosing a brand, be sure to research warranty agreements to make sure your equipment will be well maintained.
Think about the size of the refrigeration unit
A commercial refrigerator can come in many shapes and sizes and they generally come in one, two, and three door layouts. You will need to measure the dimensions of your kitchen space and the refrigerator before making your decision. To find the right size for your kitchen, start with space you currently have for a refrigerator. You will need to know the size of your door frames as well to make sure the new equipment will fit into your business.
Next, look at the interior size of the refrigerator to make sure the space fits the needs of your restaurant. Consider your regular orders and the amount of stock you currently go through when choosing a refrigerator for your restaurant.
Decide on the condenser location
The condensing unit on your refrigeration system is one of the most important parts of the machine. Commercial refrigerators come in two styles: top-mount and bottom mount. Some buyers prefer top-mounted condensing units because they do not attract as much dust and debris, but bottom-mount units are easier to maintain. If you are not sure which would be best for your restaurant, you can speak with an expert to help.
Find high-quality kitchen equipment and supplies
When it comes to choosing restaurant equipment, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Golden Light Equipment Co. can help you choose the right equipment for your restaurant. Give us a call today at (806) 373-4277 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our Products and Services. You can also stop by in person at 1010 SW 6th Avenue in Amarillo, Texas to see our showroom.