There are a couple of things you will want to consider when trying to select new commercial laundry machines. Even if you think you personally have the best laundry machine on the planet at your home, it simply will not work for high volume use by multiple different users. Here are some of the considerations you will need to keep in mind.
Lack of Ownership
The biggest difference between residential washers and dryers and commercial ones is that there is no ownership of the users. That means there is no one personally or financially invested in taking great care of these machines. There may be some great citizens in your rental complex, but chances are there are also some others who won’t take great care of your equipment. So you’ll need to make sure you purchase a machine that can take a beating. You want something sturdy and well-built and that will withstand being neglected for long periods of time.
Ease of Repairs
Because you have so many different users and machines will get a lot of use, you want to make sure that your washer is easy to have repaired. Don’t pick a rare model that no one knows how to service. Make sure you have access to quick and reliable repairs when necessary.
Coin-Operated Machines vs. Non-Coin-Operated Machines
If you’re looking to purchase commercial machines for a dorm building or multi-unit residential family complex, you might be wondering if you should invest in coin-operated machines or not. Clearly it will seem tempting, as you’ll be looking to recoup some of your purchasing costs. However, you want to keep in mind that the less parts a high use machine has, the better. It is very likely that you will have more service calls for stuck or eaten quarters than you will for actual machine service requests. You could, instead, consider raising the amount of rent for new units to cover those costs. A side benefit of doing this is that residents will be happy thinking they get free laundry.