You will get a phone call one day while you are hours away trying to buy a food product like a locally produced goat cheese from a farm in the hills miles from your shop. You need it because you’ve run out, it’s Friday night and it’s on the new menu and it has become a very popular ingredient. Unfortunately you hadn’t considered how sensitive goats are to weather and the farmer has a little supply problem in his hands. The phone call is from the person whom you left in charge of the restaurant. Hopefully by now you have a trained and qualified manager or chef but maybe it’s just the most resourceful person available. Let’s say it’s Sammy the dishwasher, he’s there because he’s worked all the other stations in the past and understands that as a dishwasher everyone needs and appreciates you and you can work at your own pace. So Sammy calls you on you cell, “Boss, the oven is broken and the fan won’t work.” In this particular case the oven is the engine of your entire ship, the whole menu relies on the hot oven. You trust Sammy because although he drinks a lot he only starts when he’s finished working, he has years of experience in the kitchen and reasonable mechanical abilities.
He says he checked everything, he looked for obstructions in the back of the ovens, he tested the door switches, he checked the breakers in the breaker panel, he even took apart the fan switch and didn’t seem too shook up from the shock he received after touching the wrong wires with his wet hands. In the back of your head you are freaking because it is Friday and it’s memorial day weekend. By now, say one year into your restaurant career, you’re battle weary and your blood pressure barely raises a notch. You reflect on the loyalty of Sammy who didn’t have to hold a live 110 volt wire for you and you just ask the obvious. “Sammy, did you check the plug? Is it plugged in?” Sammy says, “Lemme’ check” a moment passes and you listen to the background noise over the pbone of service personnel gossiping about a particularly fat customer. You make a mental note to remind your help that the customers they gossip about are the reason we all have jobs. Sammy gets back on the phone, “That was it boss! It was unplugged! You’re a genius! Thanks!” and he hangs up.
You try not to startle the farmer or the goat in front of you as they are intimately trying to produce some goats milk together.
When something breaks down a service man is going to cost you more than one or two hundred dollars even if it is a minor problem. You most likely will consider doing it yourself. If you haven’t dug into electrical problems yet let me tell you from experience that touching live 110 volt wires with wet hands or a metal tool is a wake up call. Putting you finger into a live 220 volt socket is truly shocking but once you pick yourself up from the floor you’ll most likely return to normal. It’s the Start Capacitors you want to avoid. If after several forays into repair work you think you are practically a mechanic you may try taking the cover off the back of a machine, you know the type of cover, they usually have a little warning on them that says “Warning; Shock hazard”. If you get one of those open and you see two little black turd shaped things attached to the motor be careful. Don’t take one off and touch the two little aluminum points on the end of it. They store 10,000 volts for a one-time jolt that will leave permanent scaring.
Note; In situations of electrical malfunction start at the power source and work your way upstream.