Preventative maintenance is all about having an active plan to service your espresso machine and grinder on a regular basis in order to get the most from your equipment for as long as you own it. Here are three easy tips for implementing a preventative maintenance plan:
Tip 1: Ensure your machine is up to manufacturer specification
In order for you to implement an effective preventative maintenance program for your coffee equipment, your equipment either needs to be new or up to manufacturer specifications.
If you are implementing a preventative maintenance plan on a machine that is already in operation, it is recommended to ask your service provider to conduct a Minor service on your equipment and provide a condition report on what is required to bring the equipment up to manufacturer specifications.
From here, you will be able to anticipate if it is worth repairing, or whether to purchase a new machine, and commence a preventative maintenance plan.
Tip 2: Be Prepared
Having a scheduled / routine service for your coffee machine can keep your entire café operation running smoothly, and save you from last minute headaches. However, be prepared for your equipment to be down for 2 hours every service. This may seem like a large amount of time, however at least you can prepare for it!
Visualise this: a busy Sunday morning with customers lining out the door to receive their morning coffee. If your one and only espresso machine decides to stop functioning right in that peak time, what would you do?
You can call a technician on a Sunday for an emergency repair, but you can guarantee that the cost to assess, diagnose, and fix the problem will be a timely and expensive inconvenience to your business, not to mention the loss of productivity and your own increased stress. This problem may have been sold with a schedule preventative maintenance.
Tip 3: Stick to it
Now that everything is in place and ready to go, stock to the schedule! Set calendar reminders, and build a relationship with your service provider; the value of preventative maintenance is undeniable.
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