Just about to start service, switch on the fryers at the wall or try to fire up the burners and the nothing happens? Kitchen nightmare indeed! Imagine running just one service without a deep fat fryer!
What do you do next? Call an engineer – maybe – but will your favourite kitchen equipment engineer really be able to get to you in five minutes?
Do you have an on-site maintenance engineer? Even if he can get to the kitchen quickly, does he know what to do?
This is worth a shot – read on.
Before service started were the fryers cleaned out? Was the old oil changed for new? Has someone simply pulled the fryers out to clean behind them? All of the above actions can result in the overheat, safety or reset switch becoming activated, or trigger the fryer head location microswitch (sounds it techy but it’s not).
The fryer head location microswitch is the easiest fix – just looking at the fryer you will be able to see whether the head is sitting squarely onto the tank. If not, just relocate it as it should be, and the fryer should start up. There is no resetting of a microswitch – its just there to make sure the elements are sitting in the oil and this type of safety device is usually found on small table top electric fryers.
Now to the overheat or reset safety switch and the most likely cause for it to trip out:
When emptying your deep fat fryers, whether gas or electric, we all know it is easier to drain the oil when it is warm. The oil is less viscous – thinner – and runs away easier. Don’t try emptying the fryer of oil when it is still hot as that is dangerous and could result in a fire or worse.
When draining warm oil from the fryer tank, the fryer heating element or gas burner tube is exposed whilst the fryer is still warm, and these areas can actually still increase in temperature as the oil absorbs any left over heat once the fryers have been switched off.
Remove the oil (the heat absorbing load if you like) and the metal components can no longer dissipate the latent heat through the oil so they heat up.
This can result in the overheat thermostat being activated, which is why your fryer won’t switch on. Have a look at this really helpful video from our friends at Lincat. Don’t worry if your fryer isn’t made by Lincat, and the neon lights on your fryer may not be the same colours – the remedy is just the same as soon as you have found out where the switch is hidden! Now where did you put the fryer instructions?
Easy – right? Well we hope so, but there is a chance of course that this fix doesn’t get your fryer working again. The overheat switch may reset, but it might activate again either immediately or soon after resetting. In this case, as John says in the video, you may have an underlying fault within the fryer that your service engineer will need to check. Under no circumstances tape the reset button down or ask your KP to keep his/her finger on it until service ends. It’s there for a reason!
To see the full range of electric and gas deep fat fryers on the Busychef website click here.
The Busychef and YCE Catering Equipment Ltd team would like to thank Lincat Ltd and their Product Support Manager John Quipp for the above video.
If you do need service support, then contact YCE Catering Equipment service line on 0113 252 6566 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org