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Fixing Home Laundry Appliances.
Most modern families produce laundry in huge amounts. Automatic washer and dryers have produced some of the greatest savings in household labor ever seen. Spending an entire day or more each week of hard labor just to wash clothes was commonplace. Clothes were worn for several days before being clean to reduce the workload. In the modern era, we all have many more items of clothing and wear each of them for a shorter time. If each item was cleaned without modern appliances we wouldn’t have time to do anything else. Don’t leave it to chance, get your washer or dryer looked at when the first sign of a problem occurs. Commercial laundry equipment is often the same with, for example, a standard top-loader Maytag washer with a coin mechanism bolted on but we deal with commercial equipment here.
What types of washers are there?
Apart from the usual multiple manufacturers like Maytag, GE, Whirlpool, and Kenmore washers, there are two main types of washing machines available; top-loading, and front-loading. Top-loading washers require some manual effort to operate. They require the user to fill the tub with water at the start of the cycle and then remove the clothes upon the cycle’s completion, to put them into the dryer. All top-loading washers are separate from the dryer.
Front-loading washers often have sophisticated design features that enable them to work independently. Many have one compartment that both washes and dries your clothes. H.E. or High-efficiency top-loaders have become more prevalent and, apart from their orientation, are mechanically more related to front-loaders.
How do these types differ?
- Doors and controls. Top-loading washers have the door and controls on top and as expected front loaders have it all at the front. Top loading is much easier, but unloading it can be inconvenient for those who struggle to reach deep down to the drum.
- Dimensions. Front-loading machines are typically taller and deeper and designed for heavier loads than top-loading machines.
- Efficiency. Top-loading machines require more water to soak and wash. Front-loading washers also have more space since there is no agitator inside the drum.
- Effect on clothing. Both machines work very well, however, the agitator in top-loading washer may damage some types of clothes such as those with thin strips that can tangle with the agitator.
- Cost. Front-loaders are, on balance, the more technologically advanced of the two but you pay extra. Features like faster spin, water efficiency, and gentle care cycles come at a cost.
- Detergent. Older top-loaders models just churn a soapy mixture with clothing in it, so there are few detergents that won’t do the job to some extent. Low foam powders and liquids are needed for H.E. and front-loading varieties to protect the machine’s inner workings from high foam pressure.
What types of dryers are there?
All dryers work on the same principle, a cylindrical drum rotates while heated air is passed through the system, drying the clothes. Any differences arise from how the heat is generated and how the resultant hot humid air is expelled.
The simplest and most widespread type is when air is pulled from the surroundings of the device, heated, passed through the contents, and expelled or vented straight back out. The water vapor laden exhaust is often carried through a flexible hose to the exterior of the building or into the drainage. This is not a particularly energy efficient method but its convenience makes it the most common. Gas or electricity can be used as the heat source with the former being more economical in the long run but with a higher initial outlay.
This type dries in an identical way but the water vapor is cooled internally to produce liquid water that is collected in a tank and emptied periodically. Even less efficient than vented dryers and used where traditional venting would be impractical.
Instead of releasing all the energy into the surrounding area, heat pump dryers reclaim, recycle, and reuse it. A system of heat exchange separates the moisture and feeds the energy back into the system, saving up to 50% on running costs.
A new variant of the heat pump utilizes the energy released during phase change under pressure. It sounds complicated and it’s still under development but it’s a similar concept to refrigeration, but in reverse.
Other Types and New Technology.
- Centrifugal. An extension of the spin cycle, the spin speed is increased to expel more water. It’s more common to find this method used in larger commercial operations.
- Microwaves. Heat is generated by microwaves as you would find in a microwave oven.
- Solar, ultrasound, and convection. All have been used or are being investigated as potential technologies.
What are some common problems with washers?
Like all machines, washers will eventually experience mechanical failure after many uses. Fortunately, these failures have physical symptoms that are easy to see and report to an appliance repair professional. Some of the most common problems with washers are:
- Motor failure.
- Washer doesn’t agitate or spin, or spins slowly.
- Water fails to enter the machine.
- Water does not drain.
- Machine does not spray rinse.
- The machine doesn’t complete the finishing cycle.
- Wobbling or excessive vibration.
- Oil leaks.
- Water leaks.
Often, the older the washer or the more frequently it’s used, the more likely that it will break down. Most makes have a self-diagnosis function that produces an error code. Different brands and models have different error codes which point to specific problems. These error codes and their meanings are usually listed in the manual of the machine. Sometimes the error can be a minor one, such as an indication that you have to close the lid. However, if the code points to an electrical or mechanical issue, then it is best to contact a licensed and experienced appliance technician.
What kinds of problems do dryers experience?
The drum spins, but no heat is present, probable causes include:
- Temperature switch.
- Heating coils.
The motor runs, but the drum does not spin:
- Broken belt.
This list of potential problems is by no means exhaustive, and your dryer can develop several additional issues not listed here. Only a locally licensed technician will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis of the issue and conduct necessary repair work to restore your dryer’s original functionality.
Studio City, CA
“My dryer stopped heating the other day and I had to go to work in a wrinkled shirt. As soon as I got back home, I called Chief Appliance Repair to schedule an appointment asap. The repair guy Andrey called me the next day to confirm that he’s coming in 30 min. He arrived on time, was quick and professional. He had the part, necessary for the repair, in his car, so the entire repair took less than an hour and it was done for a very fair price. Andrey was professional and polite; I would definitely recommend him to others. Good experience all around.”