It is not unusual to be regularly asked by customers to “service” their appliance. Unlike motor vehicles, it is more a case of taking care of the appliance properly as opposed to any regular servicing. Below are a few hints on caring for you appliances.
Does your machine take of across the laundry floor when it goes into spin? If it does it is usually a simple case of setting the feet correctly and not, as so many conclude, “a balance problem” The test is simple. If you can rock the machine (even slightly) back and forth then the feet need adjustment to set the machine solid on the floor. Sometimes, the tiled floor is just too shiny and smooth for the rubber feet to grip properly. In that case, try putting the machine onto a rubber mat to ensure extra grip.
The machine is solid on the floor, but it still has a “balance problem”. Does that sound like yours? This is usually the result of the machine being way out of level, or the feet are not locked solid. Simply re-set the level of the machine and make sure the feet are not loose. In most top loading machines leaning it slightly forward (never backwards) is a useful way of preventing nuisance out of balance trips.
A washing machine will start to smell quite badly usually due to what has been put into it and not properly rinsed out. In our FAQ section we mention the evils of fabric softener. That is a classic example of an additive that does your machine so much harm. Every now and then, flush your machine out with hot water and a packet of Epsom salts. Never use fabric softener and never use any bleach based product to clean the machine out.
Front loading machines can generate mould quite quickly if they are left wet and closed for long periods. After each use, wipe out any excess moisture from the door gasket and then leave the door slightly open.
Can we prevent our appliances from the onslaught of rust? Probably not, but we sure can slow it down. One the major causes of a machine going to rust quickly is the over use of soap powder or liquid. This “over-sudding” causes great streams of soap bubbles to escape the tub and settle on the inside of the cabinet. We often find that a reported leak is nothing more than soapy water running down the inside of the machine. The answer is so easy. You only need a level tablespoon of powder or liquid in your wash. This ensures a good wash without the out of control soap bubbles!
Machines are designed for a certain load. Overloading will cause damage and limit the life of the machine. Keep within the specifications. It is often cheaper in the long run to take those heavy blankets and doonas to the launderette. After all, they generally get washed just at certain times of year. Why risk your machine by loading kilo’s above its rating?
The above “handy hints” have been put together from years of experience with Zodiac Appliances and are general in nature. If though, you have other “handy hints” for care of your appliance, please feel free to e-mail them via this web site and they will be put on (with recognition of the author) for other people to learn from.