Commercial laundry equipment should last between 10-15 years when properly maintained. If you’re operating a business that requires the use of commercial laundry equipment, familiarizing yourself with the maintenance requirements of the equipment is crucial.
At RJ Kool, we know that maintenance is key to maximizing the service life and efficiency of your commercial laundry equipment.
To help you keep your machines running strong, we’ve put together this guide to share the most critical maintenance requirements of operating commercial laundry equipment.
You should regularly inspect and clean the water inlet and lint filter in your washing and drying machines. Lint and debris can clog both filters leading to decreased performance and efficiency.
How often you will need to clean these filters will depend on the volume of use and guidance from the equipment manual. At high-volume laundromats, the lint filter often requires daily cleaning.
Clean Out Exhaust Ducts
Lent and debris can clog the dryer’s exhaust duct, causing overheating and inefficient performance. To avoid this, you can clean out the exhaust duct on the commercial dryer at least once a month to maintain sufficient airflow and cooling to the dryer.
Inspect and Replace Belts on Your Commercial Laundry Equipment
The belts on your washing and drying machines should be regularly inspected for frays and splitting. These belts are all highly susceptible to wear and often need to be replaced twice a year. However, it’s important to inspect and replace them before a worn-out belt causes your machine to suddenly break down.
Regularly Clean Soap Dispensers
Soap dispensers can quickly become clogged with soap residue and grime, especially washing machines at high volume laundromats. To prevent build-up from clogging or even breaking your dispensers via corrosion, make sure to clean them on at least a weekly basis.
These dispensers often need to be cleaned out regularly by flushing water until they’re free of build-up.
Check For and Prevent Washer Leaks
There are several areas of a washer that can leak without regular maintenance. To keep your washing machines tightly sealed and free of leaks, regularly inspect and clean the inlet and outlet hoses, joints, connections, and seals.
Leaks can cause a significant increase in your monthly water bill and can lead to decreased washer performance and efficiency. Leaks can also turn into more significant problems if left unchecked. Avoid the hassle and expense of large repairs by regularly removing build-up from hoses and ensuring connections and seals are dry.
Clean Out the Washer Drums
Washer drums can accumulate soap build-up and dirt if they aren’t cleaned thoroughly at least once a year. If the build-up is allowed to accumulate in the drum, the laundry can be tainted with a rather unpleasant odor. This odor can lead to a reduction in customer satisfaction and a loss of your customer base.
Prevent this scenario by ensuring all washer drums are thoroughly cleaned at least once per year. You typically don’t have to deep clean drums too often since the majority of dirt and residue drain with the water.
However, tiny amounts of build-up can eventually lead to big problems, so always have at least a yearly deep clean as part of your maintenance schedule.
Ensure Your Commercial Laundry Equipment Stays in Great Shape by Calling the Pros
At RJ Kool, we understand the critical importance of proper maintenance to ensure the maximum efficiency and longevity of your commercial laundry machines. This is why we offer top-of-the-line maintenance and repairs as part of our company’s services.
If you want to ensure your commercial laundry equipment stays in tip-top working order, call us today to discuss our maintenance services.