Installing or upgrading a commercial kitchen may prove expensive – the appliances and kit you need to buy do not come cheap.
Not least of your investment is likely to go on the dishwashers and glasswashers you need. Instead of buying these brand new, however, you may save as much as 60% on their cost if you choose reconditioned commercial dishwashers.
If you want to go down this route, there are several things you may need to look out for. So, here are some tips for buying reconditioned commercial dishwashers.
Choose your brand
There are dishwashers – and then there are dishwashers. If you are going to buy a reconditioned machine, it is worth selecting a well-known make or brand.
Leading brands have been manufactured to the highest standards and quality. They are designed to last and provide many years of unstinting service. Reconditioned models, therefore, make ideal candidates for receiving a new lease of life at the hands of expert tradesmen skilled in refurbishing such appliances.
When was the machine first manufactured?
It is important to know the age of any machine that has been reconditioned.
The technology employed in modern dishwashers changes over time and the more recently the machine was originally manufactured, the more likely you are to have one that incorporates the latest and most efficient technology available.
Whether you are installing an undercounter or pass-through dishwasher, one of the keys to the efficiency with which it works is the quality of the water used.
Some of the higher-grade machines have in-built water-softening and treatment systems to ensure that every washing cycle uses only the best quality water to do its job. In hard water areas – and that is most of England and Wales – using any dishwasher without its own water softening treatment facility is almost certain to reduce the useful working life of your machine.
Together with the rinse pump, this helps to ensure the maximum cleanliness at which your reconditioned machine is working, and the general standards of hygiene maintained in your commercial kitchen.
Your second-hand machine will have been expertly reconditioned, and, in the process, possible past misuse is likely to have been identified and remedied.
One of the more common misuses your machine is likely to have encountered is someone using a regular dishwashing detergent rather than the cleaning chemicals and detergents specifically recommended by the manufacturer. The use of inappropriate chemicals may again shorten the life of your dishwasher – residues from regular detergents may have baked on to the heating elements – and, so, need to be avoided.
If you have opted to buy a reconditioned commercial dishwasher, you know that you are not going to install a brand new machine – you’ve chosen tiptop working performance over mere appearances.
Yet appearances may give some clue to the age, past use, and care with which any dishwasher has been reconditioned. There may be signs of wear and tear – as you might expect from any refurbished piece of equipment – but you need to decide the limits and the extent to which appearances might affect the hard work expected of your reconditioned dishwasher.