Commercial Food Steamer

Cleaning & Maintenance

140°F or Cooler
common temp waste water must be cooled to before entering the drain

Cleaning & Maintenance of Commercial Food Steamers

Commercial food steamers offer an efficient, and healthy, way to heat foods without drying them out. Regular cleaning can help prolong the life of the unit while also protecting energy efficiency.


Cleaning Recommendations

Cleaning recommendations may vary by unit – always follow OEM specific recommendations for cleaning and maintenance.


Disconnect the electrical power before cleaning. The water being drained is hot and under pressure. Use care when cleaning the generator. Check the date on the water filter regularly.

All personnel involved in cleaning kitchen equipment are required to wear the following safety equipment: chemical splash goggles, impervious gloves.

Daily Recommendations & Checks | Compartment

Note: Always follow the cleaning and maintenance procedures noted in the unit’s user manual. It is essential to drain the generator daily to prevent internal scale buildup which can interfere with proper generator operation.

  1. Inspect compartment drains for blockage daily.
  2. Remove any particles or debris from the perforated strainer daily.
  3. Wash the inside of the compartment with a solution of warm water and non-chloride detergent. Rinse with warm water.

Weekly Recommendations & Checks | Surface


  1. Clean the exposed surfaces — sides, front, door and top — with a damp cloth.
  2. Polish with a clean cloth.
  3. Use a nonabrasive cleaner to remove discolorations.


  1. Clean the gasket surface of the compartment door to remove food acids.
  2. Wash with cloth moistened in solution of mild detergent and warm water.
  3. Rinse with a fresh cloth moistened with warm water.
  4. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Note: DO NOT use any solvents or sharp instruments to clean the door gasket. NEVER apply food oils or petroleum lubricants directly to the door gasket.

Tips & Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Issues with Food Steamer Operation

  • Make sure the gas is turned to the ON position.
  • Check to make sure the gas hose is fully seated.
  • Make sure the breaker is turned on. If tripped, place a service call to help determine why.
  • Check to make sure the water supply to unit is turned on.
  • Check to see if the water filter is blocked or expired.
  • Check the gaskets for signs of wear or tear.

If the Unit is not Producing Steam

  • Make sure there is water in the steam generator.
  • Check to see if the water sensors are covered with scale deposits.

Descaling & Waste Water Temperatures


Descaling the steamer on a regular basis will help keep the unit operating at peak performance. In some cases, the customer will be able to do this, in others it will require a technician to descale the unit properly.

Waste Water

Most local authorities have restrictions on the temperature of water entering the drain. Typically, the temperature must be below 140F to protect the pipes, the safety of employees and site property. Check with local authorities to learn what the local temperature restrictions may be. This will help determine if you need a drain quenching system on your unit. *

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