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How to Find & Read a Duke Serial Number

How to Find & Read a Duke Serial Number

When commercial kitchen equipment needs new parts, it helps to know the serial number so you can find one that matches the unit. Duke’s equipment comes with serial numbers that can not only help you find parts but give you important information about your unit. The following information will help you find and read a Duke serial number so you can better understand your equipment.

Locating a Duke Serial Number

Serial numbers are typically found on a data plate. These plates have more than just your number though so it’s good to get familiar with the location of it. The plate is found inside the refrigerated compartment. 

Reading a Duke Serial Number

Depending on where the unit was manufactured, it could have one of two serial numbers. Units manufactured in St. Louis and Sedalia each have different serial numbers to help indicate where it was made. If your serial number is all numbers then it was manufactured in Sedalia, if it’s a mix of letters and numbers then it was manufactured in St. Louis. 

Sedalia Serial Number

A Duke unit that is manufactured in Sedalia typically only has numbers in the sequence. These numbers will help let you know when the unit was manufactured. The first four digits of the number give you the month and the year. The first two numbers represent the month and the next two are the year. Months will be keyed as 01 for January, 02 for February and so on all the way to 12 for December. As for the year, those two numbers represent the last two digits of the year. So when you see 0611 it would mean it was manufactured in June of 2011. 

The next four numbers are your sequential digits.

St. Louis Serial Number

A unit manufactured in St. Louis will have a combination of letters and numbers in the serial number. The digits in it will tell you when it was manufactured as well as specify the type of unit. 

Type of Unit

The first two numbers of your serial number are meant to indicate the type of Duke unit. 

Manufacture Date

The next part of the serial number is typically four letters. These letters tell you the month and year your unit was manufactured. A key is needed to understand what number each letter represents. The key works as follows:

  • A = 1
  • B = 2
  • C = 3
  • D = 4
  • E = 5
  • F = 6
  • G = 7
  • H = 8
  • I = 9
  • J = 0

The first two letters of the grouping will create the number for the month and the last two will form the year. So if you see the grouping of JGAA it would translate to the unit being manufactured in July of 2011. 

Sequential Digits

After the letters there will be four numbers at the end of the serial number. These represent the sequential digits for the specific unit. 

Duke Serial Number Lookup

Based on the information from the guide, a serial number is clearly a vital piece of information to have and understand. It’ll tell you different information about a specific unit and also help to search for the right parts faster. Speaking of faster, Parts Town has a special feature to help you shop for parts faster with a serial number. It’s called the Serial Number Lookup and it will help you find the right parts from the Duke parts page that fit your specific unit based on the serial number.