You need to pick the option that is the least time consuming and the most cost effective. Here are some points that you need to think about before picking your option.
The first thing you need to consider is the age of the equipment. Older pieces of equipment are more likely to break down as opposed to newer pieces. So it makes sense to perhaps chose to replace an older piece rather than repair. Especially if it’s a piece of catering equipment that has been repaired multiple times in the past. It would be more cost effective in the long run to replace than repair, repair and repair again.
But it’s worth taking into account the size of the repairs. If it’s minor repairs then you need to weigh up how many small repairs would counteract the cost of buying a brand new piece of equipment.
You can also never be 100% sure that your piece of equipment is going to work as well as it did before the repair took place.
Another factor you may need to consider is the downtime you would have. Would it be faster and more efficient to order a new piece of equipment and have it delivered? Or to have a team of catering equipment engineers to come out and fix the issue?
Commercial catering engineers such as the engineers at NWCE Foodservice Equipment actually offer a 24/7 breakdown service alongside other catering equipment services.
This breakdown cover means no matter when you’re having an issue, it could be 2 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon, but they will send out their engineers to try and solve it. Their team of engineers have a huge amount of stock in their vans which allows them to fix the majority of breakdown issues that they come across.
If your catering equipment is on the older scale, then maybe it might be worth replacing the piece for a newer model or an upgrade. It may seem like a big purchase at the time, but if you’re purchasing a piece of equipment that is going to help your kitchen team work faster, or it’s more energy efficient than what you already have in your kitchen, then it’s going to be worth it for your business in the long term.
There is a way in which you can try and keep repairs and replacements to a minimum and that is with catering and bakery maintenance! If you keep up with planned preventative maintenance, you’ll be able to pick up on any small issues before they become a larger issue that may need an expensive repair. NWCE Foodservice Equipment also offer a bespoke and comprehensive catering equipment maintenance services. Their engineers can come to your kitchen at a time and day that suits you, to ensure you don’t have any downtime. They will be able to carry out this maintenance to help ensure your kitchen runs as smoothly as possible.