Whether you’re running a restaurant, a bar, a pub or a catering service, there’s no doubt you want to keep a certain hygiene standard around your kitchen. And one of the machines that help you meet that standard is your commercial glasswasher.
And considering that a commercial glasswasher is one of the hardest working machines in a kitchen, it requires frequent maintenance to avoid having your machine break down completely, which could cost you a fortune to get back up and running.
However, before the point of a complete breakdown, your glasswasher could be giving you signs of a malfunction that you’re not picking up on. So keep reading to learn about that.
Chances are before your glasswasher is entirely inoperable, it will give off a sign of a potential malfunction. If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to call a professional as soon as possible to minimise the damage.
Glasses Come Out Feeling Slimy
If your glasses feel slimy after a round in the glasswasher, that could mean many things. However, the most likely outcome is that your machine isn’t creating enough water pressure to properly wash off the rinse aid and detergent that causes that sliminess.
Glasswasher Makes Unusual Noises
You probably know what a healthy glasswasher sounds like when operating. So if you hear any banging or clunking in the middle of a wash, you should immediately cut the power to the washer and call a professional.
This means your machine’s motor has fallen out of place, most likely, due to rust.
Glasswasher Doesn’t Start
If you’ve checked that your machine is plugged in, and it still doesn’t start, that could mean that your fuse has burned.
If you’re less fortunate, you could be dealing with anything from a faulty drive motor or motor relays to a control board malfunction.
Glasswasher Is Overfilling or Underfilling
If you notice your glasswasher leaking water, that can be due to water overflow. On the other hand, if the glasses are still dirty after a wash, your machine could be underfilling.
In both cases, that means you have a malfunctioning inlet valve.
After years in the industry, we’ve become accustomed to dealing with various glasswasher brands. Simply put, we know all the ins and outs of the most commonly used brands. This means we will take less time diagnosing the problem and get the job done in as little time as possible.
That said, here are the most common brands we repair.
Aside from the previously mentioned brands, we’re equipped to fix many more. So if you don’t see yours on the list, inform us of your brand, and we’ll do our best to sort out whatever problems you’re having.
It’s always a smart move to take planned preventative maintenance measures to make your glasswasher less susceptible to malfunctions. This will also largely extend your machine’s lifetime.
Periodically Wash the Rinse Arms
Rinse arms are one of the easiest parts of a glasswasher to become obstructed. Therefore, you need to periodically clean them to prevent a build-up of limescale or food particles.
A healthy rinse arm can rotate and move freely without extra friction.
Air Out the Glasswasher Overnight
A common problem commercial glasswasher owners face is the constant build-up of algae and bacteria. And what they always try to do is use more detergent to clean their machines.
However, the problem could originate from poor ventilation. You should always leave your glasswasher open overnight to allow it to air-dry properly to not form any bacteria.
Periodically Delime Your Glasswasher
Deliming is the process of removing the built-up limescale in your machine. Limescale is the result of hard water, which looks like a chalky white substance.
Check your owner’s manual to find the recommended deliming schedule and the best chemicals to use to combat limescale build-up.
The first reason is using a dishwasher detergent in your commercial glasswasher, which tends to be too harsh for glasses.
Second, the detergent you use has a high concentration of caustic soda. For instance, a detergent with more than 10% caustic soda will fade the logos on your glasses over time.
Considering you’re using your glasswasher daily, it’s recommended you give it a good cleaning once a week. Start by removing the internal trays, then wiping down the walls for any debris.
Then, wash your glasswasher with kitchen sanitiser and perform two empty cycles to wash away any remaining sanitiser.
There are two causes of this problem. The first is simple: your glasses aren’t being properly aired out once they’re washed.
The second reason is you’re using the wrong renovating solution for your machine. If so, run an empty cycle with renovate powder to clean your glasswasher.
Do you own a business in Essex and want peace of mind of knowing you’ve got a company like PHS to assist in commercial glasswasher repairs?
Or perhaps you’re looking to stop commercial glasswasher breakdowns before they happen by organising regular maintenance for your commercial kitchen appliances?
If so, you should contact PHS catering equipment engineers today and speak to one of our friendly team members.