Do commercial dishwashers need a hood or a condenser?

Do commercial dishwashers need a hood or a condenser?

Posted by Sean Coffey on 16th May 2024

Commercial Dishwashers and Exhaust Hood requirements.

As a service technician, I find myself servicing more and more pass-through dishwashers with the condenser system built in to avoid having to have an expensive exhaust installation for the dishwasher, customers are told that it is now a requirement when retrofitting a hood is impracticable.

These machines are not only significantly more expensive, have more power requirements and a lot more things to go wrong. Everyone I spoke with who have installed this type of dishwasher said that they were told that regulations required it.

During lockdown, I did a lot of research on the subject, especially regarding the Australian standards. I put forward questions and requests for clarity on the subject to the relevant Australian authority.

I got all my questions comprehensibly answered and an official ruling. In most cases, neither a hood or a condenser type dishwasher is required. If you told you need an exhaust system call me. If you are ever challenged by an inspector I have it in print with letterhead that it is not required in a well-ventilated space.

Save yourself some money not only do we here at EatTucker have the best prices but also have the means to allow you to install a simpler cheaper pass-through commercial dishwasher.

Call Sean directly at 0412034948