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5 Preventative Maintenance Tips for Commercial Laundry Equipment

By: JJones, 1/24/18

A laundromat, like any business, requires an investment of time and money. You need satisfied customers to build your business. The last thing you need is to have machines that break down, delaying the ability of your customers to have clean clothes to wear or sheets to sleep on. We understand that. That’s why we partner with some of the best brands in the business, such as Speed Queen and Huebsch, to provide reliable equipment, parts and service for your laundromat equipment. Here are 5 preventative maintenance tips from our partners that will help keep your equipment running at optimal capacity and looking great!

  1. Check the door lock for proper operation on a daily basis and leave the loading door open at the end of each day to allow moisture to evaporate.
  2. On washers, inspect the water inlet valve hose connections on the back of the machine for leaks on a daily basis, and check all hoses on a monthly basis for any visible signs of deterioration such as cracks, blisters or material wear. Immediately replace any hoses showing signs of deterioration and leaks.
  3. Thoroughly clean the tumbler every year. Have an authorized service representative perform this maintenance (be sure to give us a call and we’ll be happy to set up an appointment).
  4. Clean all lint from the lint compartment and lint screen daily to maintain proper airflow and avoid overheating. Inspect the exhaust duct for lint build-up after one year of service and clean if necessary. Inspect duct every one to two years as required thereafter.
  5. Clean the door glass and between the door glass and the door with a damp cloth.

Simple maintenance will prolong the life of your commercial laundry machines. And, please, don’t hesitate to call us if you need help maintaining your equipment. Our service reps have you covered, allowing your business to be fully operational as soon as possible and get you back to earning on your investment.

Yankee Equipment has been providing service to New England and upstate New York for more than 25 years. We have skilled service representatives conveniently located in your area.

Contact our service manager if you have any questions about your laundry equipment.

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. …

The Importance of Stocking Parts for your Laundry Equipment

By: JJones, 4/30/15

Machinery breaks down. It’s a truth of all industries that rely on equipment and the laundry industry is no different. So how do we keep your downtime on the equipment you depend on to a minimum? Preventative Maintenance programs and following proper maintenance schedules go a long way to keeping equipment of all ages in …

The importance of homework

By: TRistaino, 3/09/15

None of us liked being assigned homework when we were in school but in hindsight homework helped us deepen our understanding of certain conepts that were being taught. Also, it gave the teacher an insight into how well we learned the lessons that were taught. Homework is important in the laundry industry as well. No …

Slips, Falls, and Fires

By: TRistaino, 2/18/15

Slips, falls, and fires are three events that need to be minimized in self-service laundries. These events, probably more than any others, are drivers in higher insurance rates for laundromat operators. A diligent, discliplined approach to preventing slips, falls, and fires can save money on insurance premiums while maintaining strong customer relationships. Slips and falls …

Utility costs on the rise

By: TRistaino, 9/29/14

On Friday, September 26 there was a front page article in the Boston Globe regarding the pending, dramatic increase in electric rates in Massachusetts. Other states have posted similar stories recently as well. The announce increase by National Grid in MA was 37% over last winter!! Why the increase? Basically, it is due to the …

Capital Budgeting

By: TRistaino, 12/16/13

Recently we discussed the importance of developing an operating budget for your business. Today, we will review the importance of developing a capital budget.  Unlike the operating budget which plans month to month activities for the year, the capital budget takes a longer view. In some cases it covers several years. Your capital budget plans …

Budgeting for Laundromat Part 1

By: TRistaino, 11/04/13

Each year businesses of all sizes and in all industries create budgets for the upcoming year. Since 2013 is winding down and we begin to look ahead to 2014 lets review some budget basics for a Laundromat. There are two types of budgets to create: operating and capital. An operating budget, as its title indicates, …

Annual Lint Cleaning

By: TRistaino, 10/09/13

As noted in previous articles the presence of lint in all laundries is a fact of life. We have written about what causes lint and how best to control it. Nonetheless, despite one’s best efforts lint will still be present in laundries. We have all heard of Spring and Fall cleaning as ritual around our …

CCI Card Concepts Laundry Card Reboot Procedure

By: JJones, 8/26/13

Card Concepts has posted a blog about the importance of and procedure involved with rebooting your LaundryCard X-Changer computer systems on a monthly basis. Below is a quick overview of the reasoning and a link to the posted procedure. It is recommended that you reboot your X-Changer computers on a monthly basis. Rebooting your LaundryCard …

The keys to the city

By: TRistaino, 7/23/13

You have finally closed on that laundromat you have been trying to buy for some time. You are now an owner of a coin operated laundry. Maybe the washers and dryers are old. Maybe they are less than 5 years old and in good shape. Maybe the water heater is very efficient. Maybe it is …