- Washer Maintenance
- Washer FAQ
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about washers
Should I get routine maintenance for my washer?
- Yes! Regular maintenance is crucial to keep your washer working properly
Is it really a big deal if my washing machine isn’t level?
- Yes. If your washer isn’t level, it won’t work properly.
What determines how much detergent I should use?
- Always check the instructions that come with your detergent as it varies from one brand to another. It can also vary depending on how hard or soft your water is. Soft water requires a little less detergent. You can also use less if your clothes aren’t heavily soiled or if you are washing a small load.
What kind of detergent should I use?
- It’s totally up to you! There are hundreds of detergent brands with every fragrance imaginable. The main thing to remember is to choose low suds detergents if you have a front-loading washer.
Where does the lint end up in my washer?
- It depends on what kind of washer you have. Some models have a built-in filter to trap pieces of lint. Others just wash it down the drain. Either way is fine, but make sure you clean the filter if your washer has one.
Will I save money by choosing a front-loading washer?
- You sure will! Even though you will pay more initially for a front-loading washer, you quickly recover the cost by saving on detergent, water, and power. You will also reduce regular wear-and-tear damage to clothing.
Why does the water stay cold during the warm wash cycle?
- When you run a warm cycle, the washer combines hot and cold water. If your hot water doesn’t automatically run hot as it enters, the result will be a cool cycle even when the washer is set on warm. Cold climates often have this problem as cold water is so cold that quickly counteracts the hot water in the mix. Other culprits could be a build up of residue on the screen or a problem with your water inlet valve.
When I use the “delicate” cycle, is it really gentle?
- Each brand has a different system for delicates. Some washers have two-speed motors. These are gentler for delicates because a separate motor is used for this cycle.
Why do my clothes keep tearing in the washer?
- You might be overloading your washer. When the agitator spins rapidly, it can snag clothing if the washer is stuffed too full. Protect delicate items by placing them in a net laundry bag before you put them in the machine. Avoid overloading and try washing smaller loads.
Where are the fuzzy balls on my clothes coming from?
- Tiny strands of synthetic fibers collect from your clothes and cause the fuzzy balls. You can remove them with a lint roller, but the best strategy is to wash smaller loads, which will cut down on their appearance in the first place.
How will I know if my washer is too full?
- You can avoid overfilling your washer by adding clothes loosely to avoid compression. The top-loading washer should be filled until clothes come to the agitator’s top. Front-loaders can be filled all the way as long as the clothes aren’t tightly compressed.
Is it a problem if the load is unbalanced while my washer is running?
- It might be. To protect the many complex components in your washer, just stop the cycle if it gets out of balance and rearranges the clothes. Start the cycle over and everything should be fine.
Can a washer break if a nail accidentally gets mixed in with the clothes?
- Yes. Be careful to empty all the pockets completely because any small metal object could break your washer.
Why do I have soap suds all over my clothes after the cycle is done?
- Try reducing the amount of detergent you use. Leftover suds are a good indication that you are using too much soap.
What’s the point of washing my clothes inside out?
- By turning clothes inside out, you limit the wear and tear by preventing agitator abrasion. It can extend the life of your clothes and protect delicate embroidery.
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