Beverage dispensers are a capital piece of equipment that offer a service life of between seven and 10 years on average.
Operators should be aware of certain signs that indicate a beverage dispenser may need replacing.
Significant Water Leaks: If water leaks through the bin seal or manufactured chassis, this may indicate a leak in the line or rupture in the corner seal. This could be an indication that the unit has reached the end of its service life.
Aging Unit: Many beverage dispenser components, such as valves, can be replaced. It also is possible to upgrade and refurbish these units. But if the equipment had been in operation for 10 years or more in a high-volume application, it may make more sense to replace it rather than invest in parts and/or service calls.
Compromised Appearance: Older self-serve units in the front of house that appear worn or damaged can compromise the aesthetics of a foodservice operation. In this case, a new beverage dispenser is typically warranted.
Changing Menu: When the beverage menu changes or expands, foodservice operators should re-evaluate whether the dispenser can meet the restaurant's needs. If the operation requires more capacity consider whether a larger unit or additional dispenser would be most appropriate.