No matter what type of food you serve, you need a lot of restaurant equipment to make it happen. Because your equipment is an essential aspect of your business, you need to take good care of it—and upgrade to a new model once the old one has run its course. Follow the guide below to know how to ensure you always have high-quality equipment to work with.

Guide to Maximizing & Replacing Restaurant Equipment

1. Dishwasher

Dishwashers usually last around 15 years if they are properly maintained. Clean the filter on the model’s recommended schedule and change the tank water every 20 cycles to keep it clean throughout the years. Clean the interior daily with an antibacterial, food-safe cleanser.

restaurant equipment2. Range & Oven

Commercial ovens and ranges should last around 15 to 20 years. Gas stove tops will last longer than electric, as the wiring and other electrical components will wear down more quickly. Have your thermostat and burners serviced every year to ensure they are functional and accurate.

3. Fryer

A commercial fryer should work for 15 to 20 years. Because you use oil in this machine, it will require frequent cleaning. Generally, give it a daily scrub, and perform a deep cleaning every three to six months. Any grease buildup from poor cleaning will pose a fire hazard and shorten the fryer’s life span.

4. Cookware

The life span of your pots and pans will depend on their material and what you are cooking. It’s best to replace the cookware when you see the nonstick or enamel finish coming off. Cast-iron cookware should be replaced when there’s rust that you cannot remove. Avoid using metal utensils on cast iron and nonstick skillets and pans, and wash these items by hand.

5. Utensils

Utensils generally need to be replaced more often than other kitchen tools because they are used so frequently. Silverware and dining utensils should be replaced when they start rusting, bending, chipping, or showing other types of damage. Because your customers see these, you’ll need to stay vigilant about pulling damaged pieces out of rotation. Spatulas, whisks, wooden spoons, and other cooking utensils can be used long after they lose their looks; however, toss them if they break or develop rust as this will affect the quality of your food.


When the time comes to say goodbye to your cooking equipment, you can upgrade with the best from Commercial Refrigeration of KY in Campbellsville. For more than 30 years, they have supplied the chefs of the southeastern Kentucky area with the best brands in restaurant equipment. Take a look at what they offer on their website, and call (270) 465-2910 with any questions.