Here at LaundryQuote.com we take pride in our relationships with Distributors, Manufacturers, and laundry operators. Every interaction increases our knowledge base allowing us to help you make your laundry businesses grow and be more successful. In this article, we will discuss the importance of spare parts.
Okay, so you might not want to stock a $1500 motor for your washing machine, but most services performed on commercial washers and dryers involve parts that cost less than $100 each. Whether you are a Laundromat owner or an OPL operator, we would recommend that you stock the basic parts that work with these machines. For washers we recommend a spare drain valve, water valve, belts, fuses, and wash relays. The ball park price on these parts will be a few hundred bucks but they could pay for themselves in the amount of time you can save by having them on hand, thus eliminating the downtime of the machine. For dryers we recommend several spare belts, spark igniters and cables, Instant Electronic Ignition boards, and thermistors. Again, a few hundred dollars in parts could be a life saver to your business on a really busy day. We do not recommend stocking any big ticket items as it could be a long time before the usage of those types of parts become necessary. You are better off putting money into parts that tend to fail more often.
If you are in need of specific parts for your laundry equipment, there are numerous companies available to you that can satisfy your needs. Most of these companies will be able to find you parts regardless of the age, make, and model of the machine. A quick search of the Internet should reveal quite a few of these commercial laundry parts companies. Price is important, but make sure you are buying from a reputable company, and make sure you are familiar with their return and refund policies. Some parts companies we recommend include; Laundrysavings.com and LaundryParts.com.
If you don't want to buy from an online parts company, another good place to locate a part could be one of your local commercial laundry Dealers. Click here to see a list of Dealers. Each of these Dealers will certainly have service personnel that can come out and fix your machine for you. Most of them will also have a parts department that can advise and assist you. For those not in the know, Dealers represent certain manufacturers in specific territories, however, when it comes to parts it is more of a free for all as most Dealers sell parts from a variety of brands.
Finally, the most important thing to remember is that if your machine stops running, or is not running correctly; make sure you know exactly what the problem is and what part you need before making any purchases.