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 they were benign symptoms such as sticking part way through a wash or just reaching the end of a drying cycle without actually drying the laundry and so on.
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.
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 can’t blame consumers for often preferring to buy new instead of risking the stress and hassle often associated with trying to get an essential appliance repaired these days.
For some reason the recycling costs imposed by the government (designed to force manufacturers to reduce the amount of waste they create) penalises the appliance manufacturers that make high quality appliances the most. I know the WEEE scheme is a complicated subject and I’m sure it does some good somewhere but it seems that if you make a really high quality domestic appliance that can last 20 years or more (which you would have thought would be extremely good for the environment) you have to pay much more through the WEEE Legislation than a company making a real cheap-tack appliance that may only last several years at best.
Do we really need to dump our old inefficient appliances to save money and the world?
There is a big campaign by AMDEA trying to persuade us to throw away our old inefficient appliances and buy new more efficient ones. They claim we will be helping save the earth and will save ourselves lots of money too. However, although I agree that new appliances are usually more efficient I have more difficulty in accepting that it makes sense to throw away a perfectly good white goods appliance if it is working okay in order to save either money or save the environment.
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 (cottons) after being spun at various speeds.