Monthly Archives: January 2015

Why does my clothes dryer shut off?

clothes dryer lint screenIf your clothes dryer turns off too soon, or shuts down after running for a short while before your load is fully dried, check the following parts:  dryer filter, venting, moisture sensor, high limit thermostat, blower wheel and the motor.

The first thing to check is to make sure that the dryer filter and venting is free from lint-build up. Lint buildup can restrict the air flow from your dryer, causing Continue reading

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20 tips to make appliances last longer

20 tips to make appliances last longer A little maintenance can go a long way in helping to extend the life of your appliance and also make them as energy efficient as possible – saving you money each time you use them.

Washing machines

Check your washer fill hoses for kinks and bubbles. Consider replacing your old rubber hoses with stainless steel braided washer hoses which are much more resistant to bursting. Washing machine hoses can burst and cause flooding in your home. Such damages cost Americans approximately $170 million in damages every year.

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Why is my HE top-loader washer constantly out of balance?

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**UPDATE: If you have a Samsung Washer that vibrates and shakes excessively, it might have been recalled. Find out what washer models have been affected and repair and replacement options. **

Do you own a high-efficiency top-loader washing machine that often goes out of balance? The issue might be due to the items you are washing in your load, the leveling legs or possibly a part on your machine.

Consumer Reports recently wrote about an owner of an HE top-loading washer which “consistently went out of balance,” according to the owner. This might due to the fact that, “HE top-loaders spin faster than washers with agitators to extract more water and cut down on drying time; that can result in load imbalance,” writes ConsumerReports.org.

To fix this, make sure your appliance is properly leveled and you are loading it properly by washing similar items together (a load for towels, a separate load for sheets, etc.) Consult your owner’s manual for help with proper leveling and wash cycle suggestions.

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An LG Washer user manual, which can be downloaded from their website, offers these suggestions for leveling your machine:

  • Adjust the leveling feet only as far as necessary to level the washer. Extending the leveling feet more than necessary can cause the washer to vibrate.
  • Try rocking the washer gently from corner to corner to test the washer’s stability and make sure it does not rock.
  • Make sure that the leveling feet cannot move or slide on your floor which can contribute to excess vibration and noise.
  • Use a leveling tool on top of the washer to check to see if the washer is level.

By the way, these tips work for non-HE washers too. However, if you find that these tips still do not help prevent your washing machine from moving and shaking, then you might need to replace a washer part.

To further reduce vibration and noise from your washer or dryer use anti-vibration pads.

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Anti-Vibration Pads by Electrolux are designed to decrease the shaking, vibration and noise from washers and dryers.

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