Too often OEM Laundry Parts get questions and service calls regarding issues with equipment that could have been prevented had the machines been properly maintained and taken care of. With the day to day responsibilities of running your business, maintaining your commercial laundry equipment may be low on the list of priorities. However, it shouldn’t be. No matter whether you operate a vended laundry business, multi-housing facility, or a business with on-premise laundry equipment, there are people that depend on your washers and dryers. In case you forgot:
- Broken down and out-of-order machines can’t be used by customers or employees, which means you’re losing money and disappointing patrons.
- Repairs and replacement parts can be costly. Ongoing maintenance can help detect and prevent minor issues before they become big problems.
- Well-maintained machines last longer and work better, which means you and your customers are getting the most out of your investment.
Now that we’re on the same page about why ongoing and preventative maintenance should be a priority, let’s take a look at some of tips and tricks to help keep your commercial laundry equipment in top shape. You’ve invested a lot of money in high-quality laundry equipment, let’s protect it.
Basic Laundry Equipment Maintenance Tips
- Consult your manual. This is an easy first step. Your owner’s manual contains a lot of valuable information that can help you properly maintain your equipment.
- Clean the exterior of the laundry equipment. Regularly dusting and wiping down the exterior of your machines can prevent lint, debris, and detergents from damaging and corroding machines and causing blockages. As an added bonus, clean machines make your laundry facility look nicer.
- Leave doors open whenever possible. Leaving washer and dryer doors open when not in use helps air circulate properly, allowing the machines to dry and cool down properly.
- Clean lint filters. Cleaning lint filters after each drying cycle helps prevent buildup that causes fire and overheating. Don’t rely on your laundromat customers, employees, or residents to do this.
- Clean soap dispensers. Soaps and detergent are incredibly corrosive. Removing and soaking dispensers can help prevent them from damaging and clogging machines.
- Check door seals regularly. With doors opening and closing frequently, seals can get damaged, which leads to leaks. Checking them on a regular basis helps prevent that.
- Check the belts. When examining belts from the motor to the drum on the machines, check for fraying or splitting. If necessary, replace them.
- Clean water filter inlet screens. These screens can easily become blocked by small particles, which can cause water loss and high water bills.
- Frequently check electrical cords. Like with any equipment, there should never be fraying, bends, or breaks in your electrical cords.
- Use compressed air to clean internal parts of coin drops. This will help clean out small debris and particles.
- Take pictures. It’s easy to snap a picture on your phone. Take some shots when the equipment is freshly installed so you have a reference if issues do pop up.
- Stick to a schedule. In order to prevent maintenance tasks from getting pushed down the to-do list, create an ongoing maintenance list for you and employees to follow.
- Know when to consult with a professional. A lot of ongoing maintenance can be done on your own, but never hesitate to ask for help if you’re not sure. We especially recommend reaching out to a factory-trained technician if there’s an issue with complex electrical components of your machines.
We hope this helps your commercial washers and dryers last for years to come. Got questions about maintenance or need commercial replacement parts? Contact the experienced laundry professionals at OEM Laundry Parts.