You know the drill. It’s peak service; orders are flying in thick and fast, chefs and servers are working at maximum speed, and the kitchen is heating up. Then, the combi oven breaks down. It’s enough to keep every caterer awake at night.
Unreliable equipment remains a longstanding issue and a significant contributor to stress levels in many kitchens. Half of kitchen workers say they need more reliable equipment to run a practical and efficient kitchen, especially with almost two thirds (62%) dealing with equipment breakdowns on a fortnightly basis!
One of the most common reasons combi-ovens break down is limescale build-up,” says Steve Buckmaster, Sales Director at BRITA Professional. “Limescale can form inside the oven, as well as on heating rods and on sensitive heating components, which can cause the machine to wear more quickly and baking/ cooking programmes to run erratically. Excess limescale will mean that the oven will also have to be cleaned extensively and more energy will be required to reach optimum temperatures, leading to increased running costs.”
And yet, according to BRITA Professional research, despite 59% of businesses using a chemical solution to treat their water against limescale, 90% are still dealing with at least one equipment breakdown a year, which suggests there must be a better solution.
“A water filter can help keep equipment in peak condition by minimising the risk of limescale deposits that can lead to breakdowns, limited efficiency and inconsistency, all of which can have a negative impact on the quality of food served,” says Steve Buckmaster.