Having a smooth-running commercial gas cooker is essential to make sure that many day to day activities in restaurants or food outlets run without a hitch. Although modern commercial cookers are reliable, they do still encounter a number of issues from time to time which if not assessed and repaired quickly can cost you and your business time and money.
It’s essential to be able to spot the most common of faults if business owners wish to avoid spiraling costs and unnecessary down time. In this blog post we will outline the most common issues with commercial cookers as to help you diagnose a cooker issue quickly and efficiently and keep downtime to a minimum.
Pilot Light Will Not Stay Lit
This is probably one of the most common issues we come across with commercial gas cookers and is most often associated with a thermocouple that is malfunctioning. If the thermocouple is not in the correct position and is not in the path of the flame it will not heat up correctly which will fail to open the nearby safety valve. If the thermocouple is in the correct place and the pilot light still does not light then it is highly likely that the thermocouple will have to be replaced.
Another common fault is ovens not getting to the appropriate temperatures, usually this is down to an issue with the thermostat. Although the thermostat could be defective it is also possible that it has not been calibrated properly, it is possible for on-site staff to fix this problem or you can indeed acquire the services of a professional if needs be.
This is another common issue we find that is also usually down to a defective thermostat, or a thermostat that has not been calibrated. It is a thermostats job to regulate the temperature of the oven using what is called a capillary tube which is attached to the bulb. This bulb is used to check the ambient temperature inside the oven.
If the bulb is placed in the wrong place inside the oven it can cause thermostats to give out false readings, which results in food being cooked unevenly.
Strong Odor of Gas in and Around the Cooker
If at any point you smell a strong odor of gas it is essential that you contact a commercial gas engineer immediately. Although the odor may be caused by a failed pilot light there is a chance that the cooker could have a ruptured seal which of course can be extremely dangerous.