When taken care of properly, refrigerated prep tables can provide many years of service. Yet, there are signs that may indicate the unit has reached the end of its service life.
While back bar refrigeration can last up to 20 years or more if maintained right, these units do offer a few telltale signs that they need to be replaced.
Proper maintenance of back bar refrigeration is critical to helping this piece of foodservice equipment have a long and productive service life.
When looking at traditional bar operations, meaning those that primarily serve liquor to customers, refrigeration generally comes in three basic forms: back bar, bottle coolers and mug chillers.
Ice machines are part of most foodservice operations, helping staff keep food at safe temperatures, and cooling drinks. And recently ice has renewed its appeal as operators are using it as an ingredient to expand their beverage programs to include smoothies, iced coffee drinks and more.
Refrigerated display cases are available in a variety of configurations with a wide range of options and refrigeration system choices.
Refrigerated display cases can last for many years when properly maintained. Yet, there are signs that signify a unit needs to be replaced.
Although maintaining refrigerated display cases is not complicated, there are a number of cleaning and maintenance protocols that can help extend the unit's service life and ensure maximum energy efficiency.
Refrigerated display cases offer both closed and open air units for a variety of uses. Operators need to weigh the energy usage versus the convenience factor when deciding on which type is best. Here are a number of factors foodservice operators and their supply chain partners should consider when specifying these units.