Used restaurant equipment is a big temptation for anybody who wants to save money. And with rising food and utility costs, who doesn't want to save money? A used commercial range is an attractive proposition to restaurant owners, especially new restaurant owners. However, if you are considering a used commercial range, be sure to properly inspect it and set up a routine maintenance schedule to get the most out of your investment.
Follow these tips when shopping for a used commercial range:
As long as you purchase a unit powered by gas, a used commercial range can be reliable. However, once you install the unit, fire it up and check the flame. If the flame sputters or isn't the ideal blue color, you may need to adjust or replace the burner.
New commercial ranges come with a warranty and are more efficient than used models because everything is clean and fresh-from-the-factory.
Here are some more benefits to buying a new commercial range:
- Power source. The biggest benefit to buying a new commercial range is that you can select the power source you need. You can choose electric or two kinds of gas (natural gas and propane). With a used range, you are limited by what the dealer has, and that may not match the utility setup of your kitchen.
- Top configuration and base. With new ranges, you can easily find the specific top configuration and base to suit the needs of your restaurant. Again, the choices are limited with used units, and you may never find exactly what you need.
- Efficient burner pattern for gas-powered units. The burner pattern on gas-powered commercial ranges is something manufacturers are constantly tinkering with. New models often feature a redesigned burner pattern that helps maximize heat transfer while minimizing gas usage.