Each and every dryer and washing machine in a laundromat carries its own electrical load. When all of those machines are plugged in, they are using small drafts of power in standby. If, at any point, ALL of the machines in a laundromat are running at full capacity, the electrical system in the building needs to to be ready to handle that large of a power demand. Managing the power load begins with an electrician from a company like C & R Electric, Inc, before he or she even sees a machine in position.
Wiring the Building While It Is Under Construction
Even if you are remodeling a very old building into a new laundromat, your electrician will have to tear out some walls and rewire the place with enough electrical wire, fuses and power boxes to handle the future power load. To do that, electricians use some very complicated math that requires you to plan ahead and let him or her know exactly how many of each type and size of machine will be built into the perimeter of the laundromat. The total wattage of your laundromat may need to be spread out over two or more electrical boxes, depending on what you need for power and the theoretical possibility of all the machines running all at once.
Establishing a Utility Access Room
Not only is this a room where your electrical contractor can connect the wiring for every switch and every outlet to the fuse boxes, but it is also where you keep your water heaters and furnace. If your space is limited, your electrical contractor can establish a couple of utility rooms, each with its own set of electrical boxes to control a portion of your laundromat and your HVAC services. In the event of an electrical emergency, your contractor needs to get into these spaces easily. You may keep them behind locked closet doors the rest of the time.
Installing Surge Protection for All of Your Machines
Finally, to avoid one too many calls to the electrician to have your electrical problems repaired, the electrical contractor (upon your request) installs surge protection. This keeps your machines from sucking up so much power that they constantly blow fuses and put your machines out of order. Because you are dealing with a lot of moisture and wet laundry, you will need every outlet in your laundromat grounded.
Hiring an Electrical Contractor/Electrician for the Long Haul
Because so much of your business relies on electricity, be sure to hire an electrician/electrical contractor that is available to start and complete the job. If he or she also handles repairs, you may want him or her on your rolodex or contact list indefinitely. As for your construction contractors, they work around what your electrician does and then they are finished.