MAXIMIZING THE LIFE OF A COMMERCIAL WASHER
Those who rely on a commercial washer system understand the
importance of the life of a washer. It’s just not practical nor cost effective
to have to replace a commercial washer every two years or so. There can be
significant downtime between the time a washer crashes and a new one is
installed, especially if you consider all the research involved in choosing an
even better, longer-lasting commercial washer system.
When a washer isn’t working properly, a company can potentially
experience a serious loss in revenue and or customer satisfaction, depending on
the industry. Because of this, it is extremely important to extend the life of
each washer to keep it running as long as possible for the highest rates of
both net income and return on investment.
First and foremost, if a business is going to require the use of
a commercial washer – especially if it’s going to play a paramount role in the
company – a high quality one should be purchased and professionally installed
right from the start. Something from a more well-known and reputable brand will
obviously be most likely to fit a company’s long-term needs. Brands we tend to
work with and recommend include Maytag, Speed Queen, Wascomat, Milnor, Dexter,
Unimac and quite a few others. In some cases, new business owners may feel lost
when it comes to choosing the best fit, which is why, above all else, we advise
they take their time to do their due diligence in determining the company’s
needs and learning more about the laundry industry as a whole.
From there, proper maintenance should keep the appliance in top
working order. You can’t rely simply on the fact that the machine is running as
an indicator that everything is functioning properly – commercial washers tend
to take quite the beating after all. Although most commercial washers will
still run for a long while even after you start hearing noises or notice their
spinning has become a bit irregular, sometimes though, those “symptoms” serve
as an immediate warning sign, as the washer could even break down in the middle
of a cycle. That being the case, the instant a washer starts behaving
erratically, a professional technician should be called in to address the issue
immediately – the cost spent on bringing in a repairperson to remedy the
situation or replacing a laundry part will be exponentially less than needing
to purchase an entire new washer or even system.
Besides choosing a high-quality washer and giving it routine
check-ups, there are further actions business owners can take to extend the
life of their commercial washers. First, make sure any replacement parts that
are installed are from the original equipment manufacturer, even if the
individual pieces cost more dollars than off-brand ones, remember you’re paying
for quality. Additionally, staff should be trained properly on the use of the
machines, load limits should always be respected and cycles should be allowed
to run to completion since a large part of a washer’s cycle is to remove most
of the water and detergent, both of which can be corrosive to the machine over time.
If you find the whole process of
finding the perfect washer to be overwhelming, Wash IQ can help you design a
laundry system that best fits your needs, including workload and budget.