Building a commercial kitchen requires you to invest in costly equipment that will be used during food preparation. If your menu includes any baked goods, then you probably want to include a convection oven in your commercial kitchen's design.
Convection ovens can lose their efficiency if they are not properly maintained over time. This loss in efficiency could compromise the quality of the foods that you are feeding to your customers, and it could affect the reputation of your business.
If you want to ensure that your kitchen continues to function well into the future, then don't overlook regular maintenance when caring for your commercial convection oven.
Maintain the Door
It's essential that you invest time and energy into maintaining the door on your commercial convection oven. The oven door plays a central role in helping to maintain constant and steady temperatures within the oven during baking.
As a commercial oven sees repeated use throughout the day, the door can begin to malfunction. Regularly monitor the cook times of common products within your commercial oven. An increase in cook times could indicate problems with the oven door. Other signs that your convection oven's door is in need of repair can include rising utility costs and the presence of diffuse heat around the oven itself.
A professional equipment repair company will be able to help you replace a door seal that is not fitting tightly or repair a hinge that has come loose.
Monitor the Thermostat
Being able to set your commercial convection oven to the correct temperature is vital to the proper baking of your menu items. Over time, the thermostat that regulates your oven's temperature can require calibration in order to perform consistently.
One of the easiest ways to identify a problem with your oven's thermostat is to monitor the quality of the baked goods being cooked in the oven. If you are noticing that baked goods are consistently under-cooked despite being in the oven for an adequate amount of time, the internal temperature of the baking chamber may be off.
You can test your oven's thermostat by placing an independent thermometer inside the baking chamber. Set your oven to a specific temperature, allow the oven to heat completely, and then compare the temperature reading on the independent thermostat to the temperature you have set.
Any differences between the two temperatures should be corrected by having an equipment repair specialist calibrate your oven's thermostat.
Keep the Oven Clean
Routine cleaning is an important part of any commercial convection oven maintenance program. Since a commercial oven sees a significant amount of use on a daily basis, there is an increased potential for batter to spill out onto the interior surfaces of the oven.
If these spills are allowed to remain in the oven during baking, they can gum up the heating elements within your convection oven. Dirty heating elements affect temperature consistency and baking times, and they can pose a fire hazard as well. Take the time to clean up any spills immediately and give your convection oven a thorough cleaning at the end of each day to protect the appliance from damage.
Maintaining your convection oven ensures that your commercial kitchen will run safely and efficiently. Checking the quality of the oven door, monitoring the performance of the thermostat, and investing time in regular cleaning are all simple tasks that can help you better maintain your convection oven in the future.
Contact the experienced professionals at Golden State Equipment Repair for more information on simple ways to improve your convection oven's performance and extend the life span of your commercial appliances.