Microwaves are one of the most convenient commercial kitchen appliances to use, but they are rarely given a priority when it comes to care and maintenance. A microwave is a crucial appliance especially in a restaurant as it will ensure you serve your client’s warm food faster. It’s therefore vital that you the microwave is well maintained. Most microwaves will last for over five years, but if well-taken care of, they can last longer.
Commercial Microwave maintenance Tips
- Cleaning the microwave every day
Cleaning the microwave will make it last longer. Food particles and liquids that drop in the microwave eventually lead to damage. Clean the commercial microwave with mild soap and warm water every day. To clear any stubborn stains, put warm water in a cup and bring to boil in the microwave. The steam will clean out the stain. Ensure that food is covered while you are heating the food.
Commercial microwaves should be placed in a place where there is proper air circulation to ensure there is heat release after warming food. If the microwave is not placed in the position where there is air circulation, then that will mean the microwave will not cool after heating the food. Continued use of the microwave in such a position will cause the microwave to overheat and eventually that will cause damage. Ensure that the microwave is distant from the wall.Place the microwave where it can be used conveniently
It’s also vital to ensure that the microwave electric wire is within a socket reach, ensure that the wire is not under pressure. Make sure that the microwave is far from any other heat source or water to ensure there is no interference on how it operates.
- Use the correct dishes to warm food
To make sure that the microwave lasts longer ensure that you use plates that are microwave safe dishes. Don’t use aluminum or any metal to heat food using the microwave. Instead use ceramics and glass which are healthy, safe and will not damage the microwave. To know whether the appliance can be used in the microwave, place it in the microwave for a minute and if it becomes too hot, then that should not be used to warm food.
- Ensure Weight Limit of the microwave are observed
Although this is a not a significant concern to many people, its worth noting that especially in high traffic areas like restaurants or institutions. Ensure that you don’t exceed the weight capacity of the microwave.
Additional Tips to Ensure that Your Microwave Works Efficiently
- Ensure that all the employees who handle the microwave understand how it works
- Use a surge protector to protect the appliance from any electricity surge
- Contact the commercial appliance repair specialist as soon as you notice an issue
- Avoid heating the microwave when its empty
- Don’t slam the microwave door to avoid damage