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Front-Load vs. Top-Load Washer: Which is Better?

April 17th, 2020

A washing machine is a major purchase, and before you buy, you should be fully informed. Not only are there a lot of different brands, there are different types of machine, so the first decision is whether to get a front-load or top-load machine. Which is better? That depends on what you’re looking for. In this blogpost, we will look at a number of different factors that you should consider. Then you can decide what is best for your family.

Cost

The majority of washing machines in the U.S. are the top-loading type, including the newer GE models that don’t have the center-post agitator. Unsurprisingly, top-loaders are usually less expensive than front-loaders. However, because of other factors, front-loaders may well save you money in the long run. So if your major concern is the initial outlay, a top-loader would be your choice, while if you want long-term savings, a front-loader is best.

Time

Traditional top-loading washers have run times between 35 and 65 minutes, and the newer HE top-loaders have cycles from 60 to 80 minutes. Front-loader cycles are substantially longer, between 75 and 120 minutes. That’s because the laundry needs to rest in the shallow pool of water and detergent periodically rather than being immersed in water constantly.

Cleaning Effectiveness

Front-loaders are better at cleaning fabrics in general, and in getting stains out of clothes without pre-treating. That’s true even when compared to the newest models of top-loading machines. The reason is simple: front-loaders work with gravity. The clothes in a front-loading machine are pulled up by the rotation of the drum, then fall against each other as they come down. This tumbling action is much more effective than the twisting motion of top-loading machines. But you should think, too, whether you require intensive cleaning action. Are your clothes regularly very dirty? Do you hate pre-treating stains? If cleaning effectiveness is your main objective, the answer is easy; if not, read on.

Water Conservation

Top-loaders work by filling the drum with water (and detergent) and then agitating the clothes in a twisting motion. There needs to be enough water in the drum to fully immerse all the material. In a front-loading machine, there is a shallow pool of water at the bottom of the drum and the clothes are dragged through it repeatedly by the action of the drum. Compared with a typical HE top-loader, front-loaders use about 5 fewer gallons of water per cycle, or around 2,000 gallons per year based on estimates for average use. That’s a lot of water you can save by having a front-loading machine.

Energy Use

Front-loaders are more energy efficient. Obviously using less water translates into less energy since that means less water needs to be pumped in (and out) and heated. Also, front-loaders extract a lot more water out of the laundry, so if you use a dryer rather than hanging your clothes out, that translates into an energy savings since you’ll need a shorter cycle on your dryer. Overall, front-loaders use less than half the electricity of a standard top-loading machine.

Maintenance

The maintenance of a top-loader is easier than that of a front-loader. Front-loaders have been known to smell, and unless maintained properly you can have a problem with mold in your machine. Front-loaders

have a tub-clean feature that should be run on a regular basis and some basic cleaning habits can mitigate this issue.

Design

Finally, you should consider what design works better in your house. Front-loading machines are usually stackable, so your washer and dryer take up less floor space.

Think about all of your family needs when choosing whether to go with a front-loader or top-loader. Once that decision is made, you can begin comparing brands.

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Be Aware of the Signs Your Clothes Dryer Might Need a Repair

July 26th, 2019

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Does your clothes dryer need repaair?

For many people, a clothes dryer is an important part of their laundry routine. When your dryer starts to experience trouble, life at home can become a bit more hectic. Here are signs that it’s time to call an appliance repair specialist.

Clothes Are Too Hot

If your clothes are extremely hot to the touch, this likely indicates a big problem with your dryer. The issue could stem from a few different things. A bad thermostat can cause overheating. You also shouldn’t rule out a defective heating element. Clogged ductwork can also lead to higher than normal temperatures. (more…)

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Add Your Home Appliances to Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

April 23rd, 2019

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Not just the porch! Appliances need spring cleaning too.

Springtime is an excellent time to clean your whole home. With fresh air blowing through your windows, you have an excellent opportunity to get rid of odors, dust and dirt that may have built up on your rugs, upholstery, hardwood floors and furniture. In addition, be sure to take your cleaning to the next level by including your home appliances on your spring cleaning checklist.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is probably filled with bits of food as well as hard water deposits from frequent use. Thoroughly clean the screens and filters on the bottom of the dishwasher and also wipe down the sprayer arms. You may even want to use a shop vac to get rid of food debris. For very difficult-to-remove lime or calcium deposits, consider cleaning with a commercial cleanser, such as CLR or Lime-Away. (more…)

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Why Cleaning The Vent Of Your Clothes Dryer Is Important

March 18th, 2019

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Squirrels can fit into tiny holes like a dryer vent

Most people depend on their clothes dryers so that they can do their laundry in the convenience of their homes rather than having to cart it to a laundromat. Clothes dryers have reduced the hassle of this universal household chore. However, making certain that your dryer is properly maintained and in good repair is crucial. If you do not regularly clean your clothes dryer vent, your dryer may cause a devastating fire.

Prevalence of clothes dryer fires in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 fires that start with clothes dryers are reported each year. An average of 100 people are injured and five people are killed in fires caused by clothes dryers, and the fires cause an estimated $35 million in annual property losses. At 35 percent, the leading cause of clothes dryer fires is failing to properly clean the clothes dryer vent. (more…)

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Why Your Dryer Might Take Too Long to Dry Clothes

January 11th, 2019

Clothes Dryer with clothes hanging outClothes dryers work pretty simply, so there are only a few reasons why they don’t work right. The biggest problem is that too many people try to fix dryers themselves. Although the reasons for failure are simple, dryer repair takes some skill. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional. It will save you money in the long run and ensure a faster, long-lasting repair.

The Most Common Dryer Problems

The most common reasons that your clothes aren’t getting dry fast enough include these issues: (more…)

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Common Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Clothes Dryer

January 17th, 2018

cat in the dryerMost people never give their dryer a second thought until something goes wrong, but following that path can make the issue worse than needed. Catching maintenance problems and hiring a dryer repair team at the first sign of trouble can save you time and money over the long run. When you learn the things for which you should look, you can stop problems from progressing, and you might even save money on your energy bill. While many things could go wrong with your clothes dryer, some issues are more common than others: (more…)

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Understanding the Dangers of Lint In Your Clothes Dryer

May 2nd, 2017

dryer lintYour clothes dryer performs the miraculous job of fluffing and drying your fabrics in record time. There’s no longer a need to hang the clothes outside, which saves you time. However, your appliance still requires some maintenance on a daily basis. Take a moment to understand the dangers of the clothes dryer when it comes to dryer lint accumulation. Taking a few seconds out of your day to keep it clean can stop a fire from beginning in the first place.

How Lint Gets Trapped

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Simple Tricks to Keep Your Appliances in Good Shape During the Winter

December 15th, 2016

A modern kitchen needs maintenance from a Milwaukee microwave repair professional Looking outside at a cold winter day might encourage you to cuddle up on the couch, but there are household chores calling to you. However, completing any outdoor chore might be impossible right now. As an alternative, concentrate on your indoor appliances. These mechanical workhorses seem to go for months without any maintenance, but it’s critical to pay close attention to your washer, dryer, refrigerator and other appliances during the cold, winter months. Use some of these simple ideas to maintain your appliances and preserve their normal lifespans. Calling a Milwaukee microwave repair professional can go a long way in maintaining all of your appliances. (more…)

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Fall Into Autumn: Prioritize Your Appliance Maintenance Now

October 18th, 2016

A Milwaukee dryer repair professional can repair other appliances tooCool weather in autumn prompts residents to bake comforting food and to enjoy loved ones at home. Fall is also a great time to concentrate on your household appliances. Summer’s fun has passed, and those loyal appliances may be in need of some professional maintenance. Take a deeper look at your basic appliances and their preventative maintenance needs. You want them to run smoothly into winter and beyond.

The Hidden World Behind the Refrigerator

Listen to your refrigerator with a quiet household. It should have a low-level hum that’s barely noticeable. However, a refrigerator that has a loud sound will require some maintenance. A repair professional will pull the refrigerator out from the wall, and he or she will vacuum out the coils as an initial task. Clean coils will only improve the appliance’s heat-transfer process while quieting the humming sound too. Your professional will also examine other core areas on the refrigerator’s rear side. Any water leaks or hose cracks will be noted and repaired before the appliance is pushed back against the wall. (more…)

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Narrowing Down a Trustworthy Appliance Repair Company

July 5th, 2016

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Dishwashers, dryers and other major appliances in your home are expensive investments. You want to keep each one in perfect working order for many years. You might need dryer repair, which requires a professional’s help. Unfortunately, there are a few untrustworthy repair technicians that might create more problems than solving them. When you want to find a trustworthy appliance repair company, follow a few simple steps to locate them. (more…)

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