What Do I Need to Know About Range Utilities?
Commercial ranges are powered by gas or electric utilities. The type of range you need is generally determined by commercial kitchen utility connections. There are pros and cons to both gas and electric power. The most important thing is to be prepared for the differences between each type of utility when it comes to setting it up and using it.
Gas RangesOn a commercial gas range, the equipment is connected to natural gas or liquid propane gas. What results is an actual flame that is visible beneath the range-top burners. You will most likely need a ¾ inch rear gas connection with a gas pressure regulator. However, a gas hose connection kit does not come standard.
- Ordering an appropriate gas hose connection kit.
- Securing the correct gas pressure regulator.
Electric RangesElectric ranges are designed to function with the existing electric outlets in a commercial kitchen. The most important thing to pay attention to is the voltage and AC power plug type as defined by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).
- Ordering a range in the correct voltage. Most ranges are 208v/240v, and 1/3 phase power. However, there are ranges that run on 480 and other international voltages. Be sure the outlet in your commercial kitchen can accommodate this power requirement.
- Whether or not your range is supplied with a cord or plug.
Exceptions: Convection ovens and griddle-top ranges with thermostatic controls come standard with 120v cords and plugs.