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What is that sound?

By: TRistaino, 7/01/15

Have you ever stood in your laundry and wondered what that mysterious sound was? You didn’t hear it yesterday when making your rounds but today you hear it. It may be a thumping sound. It may be a high pitched whistle or a low pitch hum. It may be a grinding or a screeching sound. It may be loud. What is it?
The short answer is ” I don’t know.” However, any strange sound emanating from your laundry equipment or dry cleaning equipment needs to be checked out. As an owner or manager you know how your equipment normally sounds. If you are mechanically inclined you can check out the sound yourself. If you are not so inclined call a service professional to solve the problem. However, DON’T WAIT. Your commercial washer may have bearing about to fail. Your dryer may have a bad trunion or support wheel. You may have lint build up on a dryer fan blade. A belt may be bad. Whatever the problem is it is not going away by ignoring it. In fact, a key piece of equipment may fail at the worst possible time because that unknown sound was ignored for a few weeks. Many times we hear a customer remark ” The washer has been making a thumping sound for a while but I didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about.”
Play it safe. If a machine is making a strange sound investigate it immediately. Time, productivity, income ( if you own a laundromat ), guest satisfaction ( if you run a hospitality laundry ), infection control ( if you run a healthcare laundry ) are all enhanced when all of you laundry equipment is functioning properly.