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Do Laundromat Owners Take Vacations?

Do Laundromat Owners Take Vacations?

The answer to that would be Yes.
Right now I am 1000 miles away from my Laundromats, sitting by the pool 17 floors above the ground.

It takes some planning to look at all of the aspects of the business and determine how to get everything set up but it can, and should, be done.

The beauty of owning your own business is to be able to enjoy life on your own terms. Many people start or buy a business and actually end up with a job that takes more of your time and pays you less per hour.

Over the past couple of months I have been really looking at my business to determine what parts are best done by someone else. I have outsourced most of my bookkeeping and payroll.

Part of the reason I have been doing this review is to allow me to spend more time on this site and the other projects I am working on to enhance the information and experience.

I’m going to keep this short as I am on vacation.


Stay tuned as I provide the details that allowed me to enjoy this time with my family.


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Dexter Dryer Re-circulation Duct

Dexter Dryer Hi Temp and Internal Duct Cleaning

Dexter Dryer Hi Temp and Internal Duct Cleaning

   We have been having trouble with a Dexter Dryer Hi Temp limit and after trying a few repairs I talked to a Dexter Service Rep and he explained it could be a problem with the internal re-circulation duct.

 Tumbler Drive Shaft

Dexter Dryer Internal Re-circulation Duct

Dexter Dryer Re-circulation Duct



Dexter Dryer Re-circulation Duct upper connection point – Below the main heat input to the dryer.

Dexter Dryer Re-circulation Duct Vacuum Tools

Waste removed from ducting of 2 stack dryers. Does not include vacuumed material



Link to Impact Gun

Laundromat Washer Drain Vent Pipes

 Laundromat Washer Drain Vent Pipes

      A common problem in Laundromats now is that more soaps are being produced that are HE and have a reduced amount of suds produced when the front load washers are used but our customers want to see suds, the more the better. 

      In a small front load washer it causes problems due to the pump being unable to push the excess suds to the drain so they end up in the first, and sometimes second, rinse. 

      Next is the complaint that the washer did not spin out the clothes. This is due to a) you can’t pump suds, and b) the level sensor may be affected and less rinse water is used.

     In one case I actually had to open the door and the suds came out like an avalanche into a garbage can. After scooping a few more arm loads out I was able to get the rinse cycle to add water and get the clothes spun out.


      In this video it is a slightly different concern. The washers are all gravity drains but the excess suds are pushed up out of the drain vent pipe. The bulkhead fills with suds that eventually convert back to a liquid and mess up the water-based glue in the floor tile. Or in other stores just puddle on the floor.

     The vent pipe could not be extended straight up so I had to add some elbows to get to an old dryer bulkhead.

     I hope this gives you some ideas of how to fix this issue in your store or avoid it in a new build.



Milnor E4 Alarm. Too long to fill.

Milnor E4 Alarm. Too long to fill.

    The cleaner at one of my Laundromats left a note that one of the 60# Milnor washers had an E4 alarm. I checked the manula and found that to be a “Too Long To Fill” error.

     There are a couple of items that could cause this. A problem with the drain valve, low water pressure or a plugged screen in the supply hose connection at the back of the washer.

     I tried a cycle and found the water was leaking out the drain. In this store it is an open trench drain so it’s easy to see the leak. In a hard piped drain it is a little more difficult toe narrow down the problem but based on my experience the drain valve is usually at the top of the list.

     To access the drain valve you remove the cover on the lower part of the front and it is right there. Make sure the drum is empty and the cycle is stopped.

     The drain valve is easy to remove and a great feature on these washers is the ability to cycle the drain valve, and other functions, from the control panel independently.

     Below is a copy of a two sided, laminated wallet card I carry with the error codes and test functions listed.

     Have a look at the video and you can see the valve test in action.



If you have any comments or questions  let me know.


Dexter Dryer

Dexter Dryer Jam- Not What I expected

Dexter Dryer Jam- Not What I expected     

     Yesterday I came into the store and found out one of the Dexter dryers was not turning. The attendant said she had tried to run it and could hear it running but the drum wouldn’t turn and she put some caution tape on it.

       From my experience with these dryers my first thought was that one of the contacts on the control board was bad,  you can see the details on that repair HERE, so I went over to the dryer to see if I could spin the drum.

My list of possible problems were
     a) bad contact on circuit board
    b) broken belt
    c) a screw through the holes. This normally only causes a scraping sound as it’s dragged around the housing.


         I gave the drum a push to turn it and it would barely move. After changing my angle a little it finally gave way but was still very difficult. After a few tries something came loose and the drum turned. Then I noticed something fall into the lint screen.

        When I pulled out the lint screen and found a 9mm bullet.

This was not on my list of expected items but you never know what you are going to find at a Laundromat.

Leave a comment of any strange things you have found in the equipment.