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Commercial Parts and Services Says Preventative Maintenance to Commercial Kitchens Can Save 55% of Business from Walking Out and Create Better Experiences

Having a working refrigerator isn’t just good business – it’s a standard business requirement.

As talk of the “polar vortex” and winter storm warnings go away, Americans prepare to be active once again in their communities. The National Restaurant Association estimates that there is a 20% difference in restaurant business between winter and spring, with the busiest season being summer. As restaurants become busier, the options for customers increase as well. Estimates suggest while 40% of Americans consider restaurant service an essential part of their lives, 50% would make a different choice based on the speed of when their food comes out, while over 60% judge their next visit on the quality and taste of their food.

As restaurant owners, executive chefs, and kitchen staff prepare for the busiest season to come, now is the time to make sure that your kitchen is ready with preventative maintenance. Commercial Parts and Service, the number one provider of commercial kitchen service in the Midwest, offers three simple ways to make sure your kitchen can stand up to the demand.

First off, kitchen hoods can be susceptible to breakdowns as kitchen business increases into the spring. Uninspected fan belts can become brittle and break as a result of exposure to heat and grease. This results in inefficient fans, or the fan belt breaking entirely. “While a kitchen hood malfunction is easy to catch early, it’s a repair that costs more after the fact,” said Steve Sliter, President of Commercial Parts and Service. “Putting aside the actual costs of repair, a broken kitchen hood could cost you time and quality in the kitchen – costing you customers, and their dollars, in the end.”

Second, if you haven’t had your range burner inspected, now is the time to take a look before a burner goes out. Chefs and Kitchen Managers can tell if their burner needs to be inspected by looking at the quality and the color of the flame. A flame with a yellow color, throwing soot on the pan, or a fluctuating flame, could mean your range is prime for a breakdown. “Being a burner down is almost as bad as being a man down in the kitchen,” Sliter said. “In the restaurant business, time is money – and if you can’t be ready with the best tasting food when the customer demands it, your business will walk out the door. “

Finally, though the winter weather is fading away, now is the time to make sure your make sure your commercial refrigerator is as cold as ever. Underperforming evaporator fans, misreading thermometers, and loose gaskets on the doors are just some of the problems your commercial refrigerator unit could be experiencing, without even knowing it. “Having a working refrigerator isn’t just good business – it’s a standard business requirement,” said Sliter. “Inspecting your refrigerator now costs a whole lot less than a fine – or even worse, a low rating from the Department of Health.”

Commercial Parts and Service is available to help with all of your commercial kitchen service needs. Additionally, CPS can also help you get the part you need nationwide. For more information on their services, call them today at (800) 837-8327, or visit their website at

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About Commercial Parts and Service

Since 1972, CPS has been caring for the commercial kitchen equipment needs of the greater Midwest. CPS is also one of the largest OEM parts distributors in the United States. They currently employ over 90 people, of which half are on the road as service technicians. With active branches in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton and satellite locations in Cambridge, Chillicothe, Galion, Hilliard, Lima and Logan, CPS is the largest service company of its kind in Ohio and the only Certified CFESA (Commercial Food Equipment Service Association) Company based in Ohio. CPS has been a CFESA member since 1976. To find out more about commercial kitchen industry solutions, parts and services offered by CPS, visit their website at

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