Front Load Washers – some facts before purchase Part 1

Written by Donald Grummett

Consumers in North America have finally discoveredrepparttar front load washing machine. Although new to North America they arerepparttar 148275 standard in Europe, accounting for 90% ofrepparttar 148276 market.

The front load (or horizontal axis) washing machine was produced in response to concerns aboutrepparttar 148277 increasing costs to operate laundry equipment. Efficiency, electrical consumption, and environmental impact were all factors that influenced its development.

With this systemrepparttar 148278 clothes do not sit in a tub of water. Rather they tumble through a layer of water asrepparttar 148279 drum rotates. This allows for a tremendous reduction (60% less) ofrepparttar 148280 water required. In areas where water is at a premium lower water consumption may be a significant factor for a potential purchaser.

For anyone on a septic system lower water and detergent usage can be an important advantage. Sincerepparttar 148281 amount of water being used is so smallrepparttar 148282 detergent required is about 25% of a top loader. The fabric softener required is so little that it should be diluted 5 to 1 rather than added full strength.

Another advantage to a front loader is that it can spin very fast. While a top loader only spins at about 600 RPM,repparttar 148283 horizontal axis washers can spin at up to 1200 RPM.

Increased spin speeds means more water removed fromrepparttar 148284 clothing prior to them going intorepparttar 148285 dryer. This means less time inrepparttar 148286 dryer, and a subsequent saving in electrical consumption.

A front loader will also do a substantially larger load. They easily handle loads 50% larger. So washing items like comforters is now possible. Or asking a front loader to wash five or six pairs of jeans at one time is common practice. With these increased load sizes comes additional savings of time since it will lowerrepparttar 148287 total number of loads required.

Front Load Washers – some facts before purchase Part 2

Written by Donald Grummett

Most problems people are experiencing with their front load washers are due to consumer misunderstandings about howrepparttar machine should operate. Actual problems are rare, rather than inherent.

Anyone who purchases a front loader will find they have to do something that seems completely unbelievable to most North Americans. They will have to actually readrepparttar 148274 operating manual.

We all seem to believe we come pre-programmed knowingrepparttar 148275 proper way to operate washing machines. Our mother took five minutes one day to show usrepparttar 148276 proper way to do a washing, therefore we don’t need to learn any more. Wrong! Front loading washing machines are a whole new breed.

The first thing to understand about front loaders is that most require a special detergent to operate properly. It is a low suds detergent, often referred to as “he” detergent. It means high efficiency. Tide produces a HE detergent, as does Gain and Sunlight.

Do not be tempted to use regular detergent. It will produce too much suds for a front loader. Excess suds in a front loader will interfere with its whole washing process.

Suds are basically air bubbles and by themselves do not clean anything. Excess suds in a front loader simply lay on top ofrepparttar 148277 water, creating a cushion or barrier betweenrepparttar 148278 water andrepparttar 148279 clothing.

While its top load cousin submersesrepparttar 148280 clothes in water this machine does not. It works by picking uprepparttar 148281 clothes and then dropping then intorepparttar 148282 water. Excess suds will actually stoprepparttar 148283 clothes from reachingrepparttar 148284 water. Rather than dropping into waterrepparttar 148285 clothes will hitrepparttar 148286 suds and not get through torepparttar 148287 water below. So ifrepparttar 148288 clothes rarely touchrepparttar 148289 water a poor wash will result.

Compounding this misunderstanding are sales people. Many are falsely informing customers that a front loader will operate with any type of detergent.

The second consideration is that they seem to work better using a hot or warm wash temperature. A cold rinse is fine, but forrepparttar 148290 wash temperature warm or hot is better.

Again let me refer torepparttar 148291 European models. They usually have a built in water heater to maintain wash and rinse temperatures. In North America we use household water tanks for hot water. For cold water we depend uponrepparttar 148292 ground water temperature. This means our washing temperatures can vary drastically depending uponrepparttar 148293 season. Ifrepparttar 148294 water temperature enteringrepparttar 148295 machine is too coldrepparttar 148296 detergent will not dissolve. This can cause a buildup of detergent insiderepparttar 148297 working surfaces ofrepparttar 148298 machine.

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