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What are the Signs You Need to Repair Your Commercial Laundry Equipment?

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Maintaining the smooth operation of commercial laundry facilities can often feel like a challenge. With a maze of machines and a barrage of parts to monitor, it can be easy to overlook the subtle signs that you need to repair your commercial laundry equipment.

Whether it’s a worn-out water valve or lint-clogged dryer, these issues can escalate into costly repairs if not addressed promptly. Let’s delve into the five signs that you need to repair your commercial laundry equipment, and how you can keep your laundry business running without a hitch.

Leaky Machines

One of the more common issues we encounter when we enter a laundry room is a leaky machine. Often, these leaks are ignored because the machine seems to be functioning as normal. However, what seems like a minor issue can quickly escalate, affecting machine efficiency and causing larger problems over time.

Did you know that a constant stream of water from your machine could be indicative of a leaky water valve? Water isn’t just a cost issue; it can also be corrosive, leading to wear and tear on machine parts. Simply put, don’t let a small drip become a massive drain on your business.

Chemical Time Bomb

Chemicals are essential in the laundry process, but when they start appearing where they’re not supposed to be, it’s a sign of trouble. Spotted chemical leaks at the back of your machines? That’s a clear indicator that something is not properly sealed.

The unfortunate reality is that detergents, alkaline, and bleaches are corrosive. When these substances leak, they can cause damage to essential components, such as motors and belts, and even eat through stainless steel over time. Paying attention to these leaks can save your machines, and ultimately, your pocket.

Lint Buildup

Dryers are designed for one key task: drying. This process, though, generates lint. A lot of it. And lint buildup isn’t just inconvenient – it’s hazardous.

Did you know that the number one cause of service calls we receive is related to airflow restriction from lint buildup? When lint accumulates in the venting system, it can lead to fires. To avoid this, make sure to vacuum or blow out the lint from your dryer at least once a week, and don’t forget to remove the dryer’s front and vacuum around it at least quarterly.

Water Valve

Water is crucial in any commercial laundry equipment, but it’s not always our friend. Water valves in your machines can wear out due to the corrosive nature of water, causing issues that can go unnoticed until it’s too late.

Replacing the internal parts of your water valve to ensure its proper operation is a simple fix that can save you a lot of headaches down the line. You might not think much of water valves, but regular checks and timely replacements can keep your machines operating smoothly.

Drain Valves

You’d be amazed at the things we’ve found stuck in drain valves – from false teeth to butter knives! The drain valve’s function is to open up and let water fall out, but when something gets stuck, it can prevent the valve from closing, causing issues with your machine’s operation.

Drain valve issues are usually straightforward to fix. Often, it’s just a matter of removing the object causing the blockage. By taking care of this yourself, you can avoid the expense of a service call and ensure your machines keep running smoothly.


Remember, your commercial laundry machines are talking to you all the time. It’s just a matter of paying attention to the signs and responding before small issues escalate into major problems. If you’re unsure about a problem or need advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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