Restaurant Parts Buying Guide

Your Guide to Restaurant Parts

With a little elbow grease and a "do it yourself" mentality, you can save hundreds when you shop for, and replace, these common restaurant parts.

You might find us talking a lot about DIY (do-it-yourself) here at Tundra Restaurant Supply. That's because we believe in empowering restaurateurs with the knowledge and parts required to make necessary updates in and out of the kitchen at very little cost. In fact, did you know that we were founded as a parts business in 1993? When founder Michael Lewis started selling parts out of his garage, the product line grew out of the concept that the parts availability to restaurants was only through service companies, and at times that could be quite costly to the customer. By offering a rich assortment of restaurant parts, we want you to be able to easily fix any equipment you buy from us.

What Do We Consider as "Restaurant Parts"?

What comes to mind when you think of a part? Maybe a new blade assembly, control board, valve or O-ring? But what about a set of casters or even a new water filter? At Tundra Restaurant Supply, we like to think of anything that keeps your equipment running like new is an important restaurant part to keep on hand and in stock. Parts can include everything from electrical components, to plumbing fixtures and even equipment accessories. Here at Tundra, we've made it a priority to support all of your equipment needs by also having the parts for it.

How Do You Order the Right Part?

Unless you've ordered the part before, it can be a little tricky navigating an online catalog featuring thousands of available parts. If you're unsure of the right part for your piece of equipment, feel free to give us a call at 888-388-6372 with the make, model and serial number.

Parts You Can Easily Fix On Your Own

There are lots of simple fixes you can do in and out of the kitchen without the need for a service technician. Below is a list of parts and accessories that are worth replacing on your own. Not sure which part to buy for your equipment? Give us a call at 888-388-6372 with the make, model and serial number off your unit and we'll be able to help.

Burner Radiants

Burner Radiants

Burner radiants naturally wear over time due to their exposure to intense heat. When your grill is cold, simply remove the grates and swap out the radiants.

Floor Drain Covers and Strainers

Floor Drain Covers and Strainers

Prevent debris from entering your plumbing and causing costly backups with these simple accessories.

Fryer Baskets

Fryer Baskets

Over time fryer baskets will naturally degrade. How quickly, however, depends on how much and how often you fry. Keep a few fryer baskets on hand and ready to go.

Hood Filters

Hood Filters

Hood filters are your first defense when it comes to kitchen fires. Make sure to replace these every 6 months or so.

Knobs and Dials

Knobs and Dials

Knobs are one of the easiest replacements you can make in the kitchen that'll reap the biggest rewards in your efficiency!

Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs

Swap out bulbs in the restaurant just like at home! Splurge on LED bulbs for fewer replacements over time.

Mixer Attachments

Mixer Attachments

From meat grinders, to dough hooks, whisks and more, stock up on these necessary accessories to do more with your equipment.

Overflow Tubes

Overflow Tubes

Keep water where you want it—in the sink and off of the floor. Easily slide into your sink drain to prevent a mess.

Mirrors

Range and Broiler Grates

If your burner grates are cracked, simply pull the grate off of the top of the range and place the new grate over the burner.

Refrigeration Shelving

Refrigeration Shelving

Add storage space to your refrigerator or replace a broken shelf. These parts slide in for easy replacements!

Water Filter

Water Filter

Keep your equipment running like new by changing out your water filter every 6 months or so.

Parts You Might Be Able to Fix On Your Own

These fixes require a bit more elbow grease and a little technical knowledge to get the job done. After securing the right part from us, check out a few articles at our BackBurner Blog or watch some videos for more hands-on help. And remember, always turn off and unplug any electrical equipment before working on it!

Burner Valves

Burner Valves

When the burners or the tube is disconnected, use a wrench to take out the valve. Use some gas thread sealer on the treads of the new valve and screw it into position, just be careful not to over tighten. Then, adjust valve for a nice blue flame.

Burner Heads

Burner Heads

Over time, burner heads become plugged. You'll see two screws that connect the head to the venturi. Unscrew and install the new head in its place. Lastly, adjust the air shutter for optimal flame.

Casters

Casters

Know the weight capacity of your equipment before shopping for casters, then look into whether you require a plate caster, expanding stem caster, threaded stem caster or a push-in/friction caster. Not sure which one? Give us a call at 888-388-6372.

Door Closers

Door Closers

These simple devices keep the door on your walk-in closed, saving you a lot on your energy costs! Just find the number on the back of your current door closer for exact replacement.

Electric Thermostats

Electric Thermostats

Electric thermostats naturally wear over time, so if you find you aren't getting a consistent temperature you might be due for a replacement.

Elements

Elements

A blown element could render your toaster or cheesemelter useless, but lucky for you a simple replacement of these parts won't cost you as much as a new piece of equipment.

Elements

Faucets

It goes without saying, but be sure to shut off the water before you get started, and equip yourself with a wrench and a bucket.

Gas Hoses

Gas Hoses

Watch for fraying and loose connections to determine if your gas hoses need replacing. We like flexible gas hoses which are not only required by the National Fuel Gas Code (ANSI Z223.1 / NFPA 54). You may also want to consider swivel connectors to prevent any kinks in the hose to make it last.

Gas Thermostats

Gas Thermostats

When you're not reaching the temperatures you're aiming for, it's probably a good time to replace your gas thermostat.

Hi-Limits

Hi-Limits

Hi-limits are designed to shut down the gas if your equipment goes above its standard temperature range. Keep your hi-limits in working order for proper kitchen safety.

Pre-Rinse Hoses

Pre-Rinse Hoses

These metal hoses contain a very thin rubber hose, and as your dish wash constantly tugs on the hose for cleaning they can easily spring a leak. To replace, simply unscrew and insert a new hose.

Pre-Rinse Spray Valves

Pre-Rinse Spray Valves

Universally compatible at the hose grip, simply screw in the one you want based on the code requirements in your area for water usage.

Refrigeration Fans

Refrigeration Fans

Refrigerator fans will wear over time and can be replaced pretty easily. Though there are some universal fan kits, the easiest way to replace them is by calling our customer service team at 888-388-6372 with your make, model and serial number.

Refrigeration Gaskets

Refrigeration Gaskets

If the gasket on your refrigerator or freezer is brittle, cracked, or always compressed, look into this simple replacement for better cool air retention.

Refrigeration Hinges

Refrigeration Hinges

Before purchasing a new hinge, look at your existing part and determine whether it's a flush mount or raised mount hinge. Additionally, there will be a number on the back that we can cross check for an exact replacement. For more on hinge replacements, check out our Walk-In Cooler Parts Buying Guide.

Refrigeration Latches

Refrigeration Latches

For long-lasting durability, look for stainless steel latches that are resistant to corrosion. There will also be a number on the back that we can cross reference for an exact replacement.

Switches

Switches

Don't make something as simple as "on" and "off" more difficult than it has to be. Depending on where the switch is located, you can pretty easily swap out the old switch with a new one.

Parts that Require Professional Installation

There's a big difference when it comes to replacing a caster versus installing a new compressor for your refrigerator. For the big jobs, give a professional service technician a call, but save some money on materials by shopping for the part yourself with us. Some of these hard fixes include:

  • 480 Volt Equipment Parts
  • Refrigeration Compressors
  • Safety Valves
  • Steam and or Broiler Generators
  • Steam Cooker Parts

Give us a call at 888-388-6372 with the make, model and serial number off your unit and we'd be happy to help.

To Fix or Not to Fix: Is it Worth It?

Depending on the repair, you may have to weigh your costs when it comes to making the repair or buying a new piece of equipment. Generally, if the cost to repair your item is more than 50% of the purchase price, we'd suggest looking into buying a new piece of equipment. Before shopping, be sure to take note of manufacturer warranties (and what types of future repairs could void them) which could be as much as 3 or more years!

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