Facilities and building managers are always watching the bottom line and working with tight budgets, so when it can be a good idea to look at buying second-hand equipment, however, what are the pros and cons of buying a hand dryer which has been used elsewhere?
Things To Consider When Buying A Second Hand Dryer
Here are a few considerations to think about before deciding to go down the second-hand route when it comes to bathroom hand dryers.
• First and foremost, where have the dryers come from? Is it from a safely run building, or a sketchy pub on the wrong side of town?
• Was the foot traffic heavy, or light? What kind of usage did it get
• Are the wires all sealed and free from cracks and splitting? Are the plug sockets to an Australian safety standard?
• Check the casing, ensure the paint isn’t chipped and the parts aren’t rusted and wobbly
• Can you find a user manual or install guide?
• Is there any proof of purchase or warranty left on the dryers?
• Do filters or parts need replacing regularly? Can you still purchase them easily?
• Before you install a second hand dryer, plug it in and check that it works. Is the sound loud and annoying? Are there any annoying whistles or knocks? What’s the power like? Do you hands dry in an adequate time?
• Ensure that you local electrician tests and tags the equipment before install
Above all, as with anything electrical, it is best to play safe first and foremost. Check that you can access the make and model, take a look online and check that the dryers are going to not only perform as you want them to but that they are safe and not part of a possible product recall.
These days, there are so many aftermarket and imported hand dryers which are offered brand new through wholesalers for fantastic prices. You can purchase effective, low noise, long lasting dryers with manufacturers warranties for a great price. Look at the option of buying new and have the peace of mind that you have a product, which has a user manual, backup from the manufacturer and warranty. Newer models are also far more energy efficient, what you think you may be saving on a second-hand model, may actually be drained through inefficient and old models draining your electricity and increasing your power bills.
Ultimately buying a second-hand dryer could work, but it’s worth looking at the bigger picture and not the initial ‘bargain’ price. All may not be what it seems, and you could be looking to purchase another new set of dryers when your second had ones fail.
Contact your local hand dryer wholesaler who can talk to you about improvements and new products on the market which can make a real difference to the washroom service you offer at a price which is far less than you may think.
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