I am not doing the job myself. We have a guy to do it and I have the instructions we found here on the forum and several other places.
My husband has been working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day on our other business and my mat is falling apart. Money is tight, but I am going to get it together. We are not a high volume mat but we are the only game in town. The price of utlities are killing me. We recently raised the prices on the washers and, soon, will have to raise the dryers again, too.
I am going to find out more about the dryers. They say Wascodry on the front and the manual says 30/30. My husband can't find the manual. (Yea, I'm pissed) The fella we bought the mat from told us they were the original dryers made by wascomat. He bought them used around 1996 or 97 and, while they are hot, the baskets fall apart and scrape alot. The shafts seem flimsy. He told us Cissell deals with their parts and we ordered stuff from them in the past, but now they are gone and, I think, Alliance handles that now. One of the baskets have come apart. Does anyone know if the "basket patch kit" at Bee Smart will handle this issue? Also, a shaft has actually broken from a heavy rug that was dried in the dryer. Can I get a machinist to make me a shaft, or is it cheaper to order one from somewhere?
We have some super old Cissells that rock. The only problem we have with them is the occasional pilot not lighting problem. They don't seem to get as hot as the 30/30's but they can dry anything just as quickly. I am sure they suck up the fuel, though.
I wonder how much of a savings it would be to buy new dryers. How close would the difference in my gas bill be to the payment? (I know....you have to know what my gas bill is and how much energy the dryers use.)
We have all frontloading wascomats in various sizes, 35 machines in all. Aside from the normal things going bad and, now, several with bearing issues.
You can save the snarky comments, I know we have screwed up. We have had more than our share of family emergencies in the past three years when we should have been learning all of this. I really don't want to get into specifics, but believe me, it has really sapped our time, finances, and energy.
I love my husband but he hasn't had the time to deal with maintanence and repairs in a timely manner, so I am taking it on myself. Please be patient, I have 3 kids, 10 yrs., 5 yrs., and 10 months, and my husband is working out of town, so I have to go at a slower pace. I have a surprising knack for mechanical things, and it has got to get done. I am not attempting the bearing issues myself, I just had to get a puller for the mechanic and was quoted some horrible rental rate with an astronomical deposit for the wascomat puller.
Thank you for all your input. You guys are a super group of minds, mechanically and business-wise.