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I have recently bought an existing 10-yr old laundry having Dexter Washers & Dexter dryers with DOS based easy card system.
Being new to the industry, I don't have much idea about the kind of preventive maintenance schedule and equipment cleaning procedures to follow.
Also, I am looking for recommended procedure to keep the stainless steel facing of the washers clean (I have used NAPA Aluminum brighter solution to remove the marks..That was the great suggestion on this bulletin board). However, what's the procedure to keep them clean? Do we clean them with WD-40 everyday or every week?
How frequently do we need to vaccum the lint? Currently, we just remove the lint from the lint screen once daily and vaccum the lint compartment once weekly. I also want to be able to remove the dryer fronts once every 6-months to remove the lint accumulated there?
How does one do preventive maintenance on Washers? Right now, I am doing nothing. I cleaned up the drains and luckily the washers are running fine so far.
How does one do preventive maintenance on boiler? I don't have any idea.
I am cleaning the easy card readers in the VTM about once a quarter with dusting them using air-can every month.
I am sure there must be some organized way to do this based on some kind of written down schedule. Right now, I am still trying to build the procedures.
As mentioned above, we have about 10 year old equipment. The store seems to run at fairly good volume (double loaders at about 4 tpd, triples at about 5 tpd and two 6 loaders at about 8 tpd). Therefore, considering the tpds, I believe, it is imperative for me to step up on preventive maintenance.
So far the store has been keeping me busy with the breakdown maintenance. Things seem to be under control now. As far as possible I would like to switch over to preventive maintenance to reduce breakdowns.
My 40# washers are nearing 10 years old so I decided to inspect the motor bearings. We found that most of the motors would spin for a long time (with the belts off) after giving the pulley a spin by hand. They also had a faint to medium whine as well. I decided to start having my motor shop replace the bearings. The guy there told me that they spin for a long time because all the grease is gone from the sealed bearings. The new bearings do not spin nearly as long when giving the motor the same kind of spin by hand. So you might want to remove the belts and spin the washer motors and see how they sound and act. Your Dexters have Elmo motors similiar to my Huebsch washers.
You might also want to remove the lower, front panel and the hose that goes from the cylinder to the yellow drain valve. Then inspect the hose and valve interior for items like bra stas, pins, lint accumulation, etc.