Commercial Ovens are so frequently used that it’s almost impossible to prevent food particles and grease from accumulating. However, this build-up can affect the oven’s performance, increase the fire risk, and even make food taste bad.  

To make sure you get the most out of your commercial ovens, here are a few tips to ensure their longevity.

Common Issues with Commercial Ovens

Several potential problems can occur with a commercial oven. Some of the most common issues include:

  1. Poor heating or uneven temperatures: This can be caused by a variety of factors, including a malfunctioning heating element, a faulty thermostat, or a clogged vent.
  2. Door problems: The door gasket or hinges may become damaged, causing the door to leak heat or not close properly.
  3. Burner or heating element problems: The burners or heating elements may become clogged with food debris, leading to poor performance or even a malfunction.
  4. Control panel issues: The control panel may become damaged or malfunction, leading to problems with setting and maintaining the desired cooking temperature.
  5. Electrical issues: The oven may experience problems with its electrical system, including issues with the power supply or wiring.

If you are experiencing problems with your commercial oven, it is essential to have it checked and repaired by a qualified professional. Using an oven that is not operating properly can be dangerous and may damage the appliance further.

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners 

It may seem like an obvious thing to do to remove tough grease stains. But harsh solutions can leave hazy marks and scratches on your shiny metal surfaces. In addition, you should avoid using abrasive brushes and scourers as they create problems for the stainless steel parts of your equipment. 

Empty Crumb Trays

The collection of crumbs is unavoidable in a commercial kitchen, but if left for a long time, it will affect the taste of the food. In addition, even though a few crumbs might seem harmless, they can cause smoke and fires. 

The process for emptying a crumb tray in a commercial oven will depend on your specific oven model. However, the general steps are as follows:

  1. Locate the crumb tray. This is usually located at the bottom of the oven, either under the door or behind a panel on the front or side of the oven.
  2. Remove the crumb tray. Some crumb trays can be easily pulled out from the front or side of the oven, while others may need to be removed from the back of the oven.
  3. Empty the crumb tray. Carefully remove any debris or crumbs that have accumulated in the tray.
  4. Clean the crumb tray. Use a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent to wipe down the tray. Rinse with water and dry thoroughly.
  5. Replace the crumb tray. Once it is clean and dry, slide the crumb tray back into place in the oven.

Weekly/Monthly Cleaning Schedule 

As you know, keeping the overall cleanliness of your kitchen is imperative. So by having a schedule outlined, you can ensure there is no excuse for not doing it. In addition, as a professional business, you yourselves can help preserve your ovens by keeping up to date with the cleaning. However, it’s also worth booking a technician to come and service your equipment. This allows for any unseen issues to be rectified and gives you peace of mind that your equipment won’t let you down during a busy service.   

How to maintain your Commercial Oven

  1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance. These instructions will provide specific guidance on how to care for your particular oven.
  2. Keep the oven clean. This means regularly removing food debris and grease from the interior and exterior of the oven. This will help prevent the build-up of dirt and grime, which can be difficult to remove and may affect the oven’s performance.
  3. Use a high-quality oven cleaner. These products are specifically designed to remove tough stains and grime from ovens, and can be more effective than household cleaners.
  4. Use the proper cleaning tools. This includes things like a scraper for removing food debris, a soft cloth for wiping down the interior and exterior of the oven, and a stiff-bristled brush for scrubbing hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Check and clean the oven vents. These vents help to circulate heat and air inside the oven, and can become clogged with grease and food debris over time. Cleaning the vents regularly will help ensure that the oven is operating efficiently.
  6. Check and replace the oven door gasket. The gasket is a rubber seal that helps to keep heat inside the oven. If it becomes damaged, it can allow heat to escape, leading to inefficient operation and possibly even fire hazards.

By following these steps and performing regular maintenance, you can help ensure that your commercial oven is operating at its best and will last for many years.

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