Ideally yes you should turn off appliances at the socket when not in use. If the wall socket doesn’t have an on off switch it would need to be unplugged instead. Electricity still runs inside an appliance even if it’s switched off if it’s left plugged into a live wall socket. If electricity is present,... continue reading.
Common questions about white goods appliances
This is a category list of all my articles tagged as "common questions". The articles cover a wide range of issues that I consider to be common questions which most people want answers to so it's well worth browsing through them. You might be surprised how interesting or useful some of them are.
I’ve just read a news article about another tumble dryer that has caught fire causing serious damage. The article also mentions that 3 people have died and 300 injured in recent years by tumble dryer fires. However, what’s different and more shocking about this one is that it is reported that the dryer had been... continue reading.
Sometimes water may appear in the bottom of the fridge. This is usually caused when water created by automatic defrosting cannot run away through the hole in the channel at the back and it runs into the base of the fridge instead. At the back of many fridges and fridge freezers these days is a... continue reading.
Here is an example of an appliance out of guarantee and deemed unrepairable. I received a question from someone who had bought a Zanussi fridge freezer 14 months previously. It was now 2 months out of guarantee. It had broken down. The engineer had advised that the fault was due to an internal gas leak.... continue reading.
All drum sizes are not equal Before looking into different drum capacities, an important point is that you can’t necessarily assume that they are all the same. If you take a dozen washing machines with the same drum capacity you would think you could fit in exactly the same amount of laundry in them all.... continue reading.
Washing machine drum sizes were the same for decades, but now we have several to choose from. You would think the biggest is the best, but not necessarily. Back in 1976 when I first started repairing washing machines, all the drums were about 4 ½ kg. By today’s standards they were painfully small. What are... continue reading.