Laundromat Maintenance Checklist

November 30, 2021
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A frequent type of claim we get in the laundromat industry is dryer fires.  Many are related to improper maintenance.  In order to help, we developed a maintenance checklist. 

Use it as a guide as every laundromat is different.  We hope you find it useful.  

Laundromat Maintenance Checklist:

This checklist should be used when completing daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks associated with maintaining a laundry establishment.

CLOTHES WASHERS

YES

NO

N/A

Daily - Beginning of the Day

1.      Inspect the hose connection for the water inlet valve on the back of the machine for leaks.

2.      Inspect steam hose connection for leaks, where applicable.

3.      Check the door interlock.

Daily - End of the Day

1.      Clean the fan of the air-conditioning (AC) drive box.

2.      Clean the entire cabinet of the machine, and remove all traces of soap.

3.      Clean the door gasket, and remove all detergents and other products.

4.      Shut off the main water, steam and power connections at the end of each day. Do not change the setting of the water inlet taps on boiler-fed machines.

5.      Leave the door and the soap dispenser open after use to ventilate the machine.

6.      Check the alignment of the out-of-balance switch to make sure it is centered in the tilt detector plate cutout.

Weekly

Check the machine for leaks by doing the following:

1.      Start an unloaded cycle to fill the machine.

2.      Verify that the door and door gaskets do not leak.

3.      Verify that the drain valve is operating. If water does not leak during the prewash segment, the drain valve is closed and functioning properly.

Monthly

Clean the AC drive box cover, and blow the fins using compressed air at a pressure of 60-90 pounds per square inch (psi). Use care to avoid damaging the cooling fan or other components.

CLOTHES WASHERS 

YES

NO

N/A

1.      Verify that v-belts are properly aligned by checking the pulley alignment. Place a straightedge across both pulley faces. The straightedge should make contact with the pulleys in four places.

2.      Remove back panel, and check both the overflow hose and drain hose for leaks.

3.      Clean the inlet hose filter screen.

4.      Check the supply dispenser hoses for leaks.

5.       Use compressed air to clean lint from the motor.

6.      Clean the interior of the machine, both the basket and the shell, by wiping it with a water-soaked sponge or cloth.

7.      Use compressed air to ensure that all electrical components are free of moisture and dust.

8.      Verify that insulation is intact on all external wiring and that all connections are secure. If bare wire is evident, call a service technician.

9.      If necessary, tighten the bearing housing's mounting bolts.

10.   If necessary, tighten the shock absorber's mounting bolts.

Yearly

1.      Replace the automatic lubricator. Failure to do so could void the warranty.

2.      Check if the machine is working properly. If you see or hear anything abnormal, call a technician to service the machine.

CLOTHES DRYERS

YES

NO

N/A

Daily

1.      Inspect the area surrounding the dryer, and remove all combustible materials, gasoline, other flammable products and lint before operating the machine.

2.      Check the cylinders for foreign objects to avoid damage to clothing and equipment.

3.      Clean lint filters after every use.

4.      Clean the machine’s top, front and side panels as needed. Thoroughly rinse and dry all surfaces after cleaning them.

5.      Check the operation of the door switch by starting the dryer and opening its doors. If a dryer doesn’t stop tumbling when its door is opened, remove the dryer from use and contact a service person.

Monthly

1.      Inspect the outside weather hood to make sure dampers move freely, are not pushed in and have nothing set against them.

2.      Clean the interior of the dryer with a household cleaner, followed by a short heat cycle with a full load of clean rags.

 

CLOTHES DRYERS 

YES

NO

N/A

Quarterly

1.      Remove lint filters and vacuum air ducts.

2.      Check for a soft, blue burner flame. Adjust the air shutter as necessary.

3.      Check the machine component functions by operating dryers through short cycles.

4.      Check belt tension and condition of the belt. Replace worn or cracked belts.

5.      Clean behind and underneath the dryer by moving it away from walls and wiping the walls and floor with a damp cloth.

6.      Check mounting hardware for any loose nuts, bolts or screws.

7.      Check all painted surfaces for bare metal. If bare metal is showing, paint it with porcelain touch-up paint.

8.      Clean the coin drop or the slide, if applicable.

Semi-annually

1.      Check gas connections for leakage.

2.      Check for loose electrical connections.

3.      Remove all front panels, and vacuum.

4.      Check cylinder and front panel seals.

5.      Inspect cabinet and inner panels for any damage. Replace or repair as needed.

6.      Check level of dryers. Adjust leveling legs until dryers are level.

7.      Vacuum lint and debris from inside exhaust duct.

8.      Clean lint from the thermostat or the thermistor.