HOW TO DO AN EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
PRE-PURCHASE EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
The second most important pre-purchase analysis should be the inspection and evaluation of the equipment being purchased. Here's what you should do yourself prior to any walkthrough with an agent or seller. You should go to the Laundromat and start each machine using coin or a card. This ensures that all the mechanisms are working properly. After starting the washers, switch
between the cycle settings to ensure that all hot, warm and cold cycles are working. Slowing of the flow of water might indicate that either the hot or cold water screens in the water inlet valves are starting to plug up with debris or lime. Listen to the washers for grinding noises or loud high speed whirs to discover if the bearings are having problems.
If you go on a Saturday, your future customers will perform most of the starting of the machines for you for free. You just have to watch and listen. Observe the front of the washing machines for telltale signs of water leaks from the door gaskets. Once the washers have started, try to open the doors to see if the safety lock mechanisms are working correctly.
Look behind the washers (lift the bulk head) to spot any water leaks from a drain hose that might be cracked or a water hose that might have a pin-hole leak. This is also the time to discover if you have copper or galvanized water pipes. Try turning a few of the hose bibs to see if they are frozen.
paying attention to any rusting or signs of leakage. Test the soap machine and bill changers using all denominations of of bills, including the latest $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00 bills to ensure the changers have been upgraded to accept the newest bills.