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Laundry overloading difference btw free-running vs. pay/credits

  • 1.  Laundry overloading difference btw free-running vs. pay/credits

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi All -

    I heard from some of my residential life counterparts that there is research and data 'out there' that indicates that students do not overload their washing machines when they have 'unlimited laundry' vs. having to pay for each cycle or having a limited number of free credits.  Does anyone have that data or suggest where it might be found? When I asked about the source, there was no answer.

    This may be true, I'm just looking for some type of evidence. ​

    (Theoretically if usage stays the same then we'd be unable to determine if overloading changed - only if they wash less clothes???)

    Thanks,
    Anya

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    Anya Hughes
    Aux Svcs Mgr, Business Services
    The George Washington University
    Washington DC (202) 994-5851
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  • 2.  RE: Laundry overloading difference btw free-running vs. pay/credits

    Posted 14 days ago

    Hi Anya,

     

    We move to unlimited laundry in the Fall of 2018.  I don't have any proof that machines are not being overloaded.  However, we immediately observed the number of laundry transactions substantially increased and has sustained that level over the past two years.  Conversations with our laundry provider indicate this is due to more students washing smaller loads.  Of course, there are those people who can't stand doing laundry and will continue to attempt to minimize this activity by overloading.

     

    Ron

     

    Ronald Portwine,  MBA, CASP

    Associate Vice President for Administration & Business Affairs

    Saginaw Valley State University

    7400 Bay Road|University Center, MI  48710

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  • 3.  RE: Laundry overloading difference btw free-running vs. pay/credits

    Posted 14 days ago

    When we went to included laundry 20 years ago at Memphis, the first year we had a reduction in maintenance calls by 70+%. This was with equipment that was 7 years old. I wish I still had that data.

    I think your question relates to "will we have fewer maintenance calls with included laundry?" My answer would be yes, with the exception that laundry machines today are not built quite like the old Maytag units.

    There are several benefits to an included program, maintenance is just one.

     

     

    Daniel Armitage

    Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

    Auxiliary Services

    University of North Texas

    Welcome Center 217

    1155 Union Circle #311008

    Denton, Texas 76203-5017

    (940)565-2033