So your ice machine, convection oven or your fryer is down. You have had it repaired a number of times and your’e thinking repair again or replace. If you have repaired it a number of times and it is breaking down in other ways, it may be time to stop throwing money away and just replace it. If you consider going reconditioned, make sure you buy from a company that has a service staff that can refurbish that unit so that it meets todays code and can give you some type of warranty on it. The problem with used is it may break down in six months or so as well. With the economic times being tough, it will be less costly to buy used and get up and running and look to buy new as soon as possible. If you are just starting a restaurant than I can suggest buying new and used to lower your start up equipment cost.
Something to consider when buying new is that a lot of equipment is energy star rated which equates into lower operating cost thru energy efficiency. Depending on your location in the USA there may be some credit from your electric company. Do your research and ask questions of your dealer so you can make an intelligent decision.
– Jerry Kraushaar, Burkett Restaurant Equipment Sales Consultant and Local Chef