While the average American family does 8-10 loads of laundry a week, most people don’t know how the appliances in their laundry room actually work. When you become more familiar with the appliances upon which you heavily rely, you can make them last longer with the ability to better detect needed repairs. See below for insight into how your equipment works and common problems you might encounter.
- Inner Drum: the drum you see when you open the washing machine.
- Outer Drum: outer, water-tight drum that catches the inner drum’s water.
- Paddles: on the inner drum and help to move the clothes around when they are in a cycle.
- Thermostat: tests the temperature of the incoming water.
- Heating Element: used to warm the water to the required temperature.
- Pump: removes water from the drum at the end of the cycle.
- Programmer: instructs the washers as they go through a series of steps to wash, rinse, and spin clothes.
- Pipes: three primary pipes: one for hot water, one for cold water, and one for dirty water.
Water pumps are one of the most frequently replaced parts of a washing machine. Because the majority of new pumps are made from plastic, they can break easily. This is the part of your washing machine that is responsible for circulating and draining the water.
Another common washing machine problem is a broken motor. This part is constantly in use, and there are numerous causes for a break. For example, the motor may overheat, or a component part might malfunction. Washing machine’s motors are complex, and it important to consult a repairman when you detect a problem.
As washing machines age, the plastic outer shell can retain residue over time. Regular washing machine repair can prevent the residue from becoming a serious problem. The electric washing machine has come a long way in the last 100 years since its invention. However, the machine still requires maintenance to continue functioning properly, and have a maximum lifespan.
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