Washing machines are heavy. This is due to concrete blocks inside. If the drum wasn’t weighted down it would bang violently from side to side, and try to burst up through the lid during spin. Modern washing machines usually have 2 drum weights inside. One on top of the drum, and one either underneath or... continue reading.
Editorial comment on white goods issues
I've been in the white goods trade in various departments for 40 years now. This category page lists articles with my editorial-type opinion on specific white goods issues, which might be interesting.
In the old days error codes on appliances just didn’t exist. When an appliance went faulty, instead of aborting the program and displaying a mysterious error code – it soldiered on regardless and displayed symptoms. At times these symptoms might be quite nasty such as boiling all your laundry or flooding the kitchen, but often... continue reading.
One of the household services particularly prone to disappointment and complaint is repairs. Getting an appliance repaired quickly and at a reasonable price these days is not always possible and often completely uneconomical. I’ve been writing since 2000 on Washerhelp and Whitegoodshelp lamenting how so many appliances have become virtually throwaway products. Even so, I... continue reading.
For some reason the recycling costs imposed by the government (designed to force manufacturers to reduce the amount of waste they create) penalises all the appliance manufacturers that make high quality appliances the most. This seems contrary to the ethos of the WEEE directive.... continue reading.
I can’t help thinking, if my fridge or washing machine is working perfectly okay won’t it damage the environment more to throw it away than to keep using it?... continue reading.
Washing machine spin speed efficiency figures and drying costs Here are some interesting figures (from an tumble dryer user manual) which give us an insight into the effectiveness of faster spin speeds . The figures are based on a 6kg capacity drum size and an efficient condenser dryer and show the residual dampness in laundry... continue reading.