Commercial appliances are prone to malfunction or break down at some point. In most cases, the issues occur due to worn-out or damaged appliance parts that need replacement. Hence, commercial appliance repairs often involve buying and installing commercial appliance replacement parts.
Nonetheless, buying commercial appliance replacement parts requires some due diligence. Besides, if you buy the wrong commercial appliance replacement parts, they might not work. Installing the wrong parts may cause more harm than good to your commercial appliance(s). Hence, you must ensure you get the right replacement parts for your appliances.
So, if you want to buy commercial appliance replacement parts, here are two factors you must consider.
1. Component Specifications
The components in a commercial appliance have precise specifications that match the appliance model. Hence, if you need to replace any commercial appliance part, the replacement parts should match the damaged part's specifications.
But because manufacturers have many models of the same appliance, it is easy to buy the wrong replacement part. Hence, to avoid making such a mistake, it is best to have a commercial appliance repair contractor source the replacement parts. Or, you can have the repair contractor write down the complete list of specifications to make it easier for you to find the right components.
Either way, don't attempt to buy a commercial appliance replacement part without the correct specifications.
2. OEM Versus Aftermarket Replacement Parts
You can opt for OEM or aftermarket parts when buying any commercial appliance replacement parts. OEM is an acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Hence, OEM replacement parts come from the manufacturer who produces the brand of appliance you need to repair. But aftermarket parts come from a different manufacturer.
OEM parts are often the best replacements because they come from the same manufacturer as the appliance. But aftermarket parts can also be an ideal substitute for OEM parts because they tend to be cheaper. Nonetheless, aftermarket parts aren't always a suitable option.
For instance, most aftermarket parts don't always match all the specifications of the OEM component you want to replace. As a result, aftermarket replacement parts usually get installed when the component you need to replace is not sensitive.
For example, if you want to replace the compressor of a commercial refrigerator (sensitive component), it is best to opt for an OEM compressor. But aftermarket parts will work fine if you want to replace a non-sensitive component such as a tray, door, or gasket.
But, if an aftermarket commercial appliance replacement part matches the specifications of the sensitive component you want to replace, go for it.