There are many basic principles that ensure your washing machine continues to work effectively for as long as possible. Carrying out these tasks properly will avoid unnecessary repairs, and costly replacements! Understanding programmes, loading, and phases, and knowing how a washing machine works will all guarantee a happy relationship with your appliance so read on…
Detergents and Loading
You can choose whether to use a detergent or a powder. Biological types have enzymes that target stains to remove them. Non-biological may be better for sensitive skins. Coloured detergents don’t contain bleach – an important factor when washing clothes often, as they would fade. Lightly soiled garments need a reduced amount of detergent, whereas heavily soiled will need more. And this also depends on your washing machine!
Always separate colours from whites, and make sure you don’t overload the drum, as this won’t let the detergent get to the clothes, so they won’t be washed properly. You can also damage the machine by putting in too many items at one time. Leave space at the top of the clothes of at least a hands width. Check any pockets for coins and tissues, and do up zips.
Filling and Heating
After reading garment care labels select your wash programme. Then make sure the door is closed securely, as the programme won’t start unless this is done - this security feature will prevent flooding! You’ll hear the water come into the washing machine, and the drum will turn to wet the clothes. If the machine doesn’t fill properly there may be a problem such as low water pressure and your appliance should give a warning. As soon as the water reaches the required level the heating element will heat the water to the selected temperature. Any problems with the water heater will cause the machine to stop and show an error code of some description.
Washing and Rinsing
The laundry will then be agitated for the speed and the time chosen as the wash action starts. Once this phase has been completed the rinsing will begin. The pump will drain away the soapy water, and then the machine will be filled with clean, cold water to rinse the load. The programme selection will determine the length of time the clothes will be agitated for, and how many rinses are needed.
Spinning and Finishing
After the final rinse comes the spin. Again, the speed of the spin depends on the programme selection. As the spin progresses the drain pump will continue to take away any remaining water in the load. When the wash programme is finished the machine will wind down and the door lock will open to let you safely take out the laundered items.
If you find that you really do need an expert to help you with any repairs simply contact a reputable domestic appliance repair company. You’ll be able to ask for a quote, arrange an appointment, and get a fully guaranteed fix for any brand.