TOPIC: All-in-one washer/dryers

All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3030

We do not have washers and dryers or hookups at our complex, and that's a common reason people choose not to live here. We checked into converting the kitchen pantry into a laundry room but the cost would be so much it would take many years to recoup the expense.

I'm wondering, since the building was not made with dishwashers, which we now have, would it be similarly possible to install a small ventless washer/dryer combo unit under the counter on the other side of the sink? Has anyone tried this? Do you know of any properties that have combo units? Even though the cycle time is extremely long, I think my residents would prefer this to the laundry room.

I, myself have a portable washer and dryer that hook up to the kitchen sink and vent out the window, it's not very aesthetic but it beats the hike to the laundry room (five floors, no elevator.)
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3034

It might be POSSIBLE, but you would potentially lose a lot of cabinet space in the translation. If you wanted to do this, I would consult with a kitchen designer to do a drawing and a mock up model.

Alternatively, if you have a CLOSET adjacent to any area that has a supply for power and supply and drainage for water, that can connect to a vent of some sort (either the range or the bathroom venting), you might have another option. I have lived in apartments that had a stackable washer/dryer in a closet in the bathroom...... On the other side of the wall was a bathroom sink and a GFI circuit.....

Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3047

We have a 5'x8' pantry adjacent to the kitchen. We planned on converting a portion of that space to accommodate a washer and dryer, but the cost would be $3k per unit, we'd have to do 3 stacked units at a time, and all three would have to be vacant for two weeks. While we'd lose 24" of cupboard space if we installed a small combo unit under the counter, it's nowhere near the space would lose by converting the pantry. But it's the expense that prohibits that plan.
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3049

I can't believe I was ahead of the curve on this one. The property I manage has the same issue and this is what we are doing and I hope it will solve the issue of no WD in unit.
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3050

Thanks Mindy. Please let me know how it works out for you. Where is your property located?
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3054

Your washer/dryer dilemna is an old issue that can be resolved. My teams & I have installed tens of thousands of connections across the US. Pending the availability of space, limiting capacaties and the market for such an improvement, I am sure there is a way to make it happen. If you have enough units to take advantage of some economic scale, you can greatly drive down the cost; even in occupied units.

I would be interested in checking out the basics to see if I could suggest a patch to take. If you would like to review some details, please feel free to call me: 678-446-7570 Bill E. Nettles, pmr - Professional Multifamily Redevelopment, LLC

Best of luck!
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3056

I manage a property in Atlanta that has the ventless combo units. There are multiple issus with the ventless units. We have some located under countertops and some in closet locations. Either way, there are a lot of problems with broken handles (which cost $35 each), high/low limit switches burning out, circuit boards, pressure switch, fan motors, etc.

We out of 118 machines on site, we have anywhere from 5 to 12 service requests each week. They are the number one complaint on the property. The units have an 11 pound capacity, which is about 2 pairs of wet jeans. If the resident overloads the machine, it busts the drum and causes a water leak. They are very small capacity, however I would agree, they are better than not having any washer/dryer units in the apartments. Just be sure to budget for the repairs.

We currently have Ariston and Haier units. I would not recommend either of these units. Parts are impossible to find for the Haier and one company purchased all the Ariston parts and they hold you up on the cost. The handles were $7 each and when the new company purchase the supply, the handles were increased to $35 each.

We have been looking at the LG's. The snall units are a 15 lb capacity with good reviews and there is even a full size ventless unit that is 22 lb capacity. The small unit would fit under a countertop but the full size would not because it is 36" high.

I have been working with the ventless combo units for 5 years. If you would like any additional information, please feel free to call me 404-961-7130.
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3058

Thanks for all the info. The ones I am looking at are Splendide. They have a warehouse locally so hopefully parts would not be a huge problem.

www.splendide.com/
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3060

What about upgrading the laundry rooms with new coinmech machines, new lighting, etc? They have machines now take credit cards and txt you when your laundry is done!
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Re:All-in-one washer/dryers 4 years 8 months ago #3061

That is true; but having a washer/dryer in the unit is much better. Especially if you have residents with limited mobility; or you choose to NOT have laundry access 24 hours.

If your units can support having a washer and dryer in the unit; it would justify a higher rent; especially if your comps do not offer them.

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