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.

Checklist: Do I Need to Replace My Chimney Cap?

Written by Susan Penney

As you are cleaning leaves out of your home’s gutters, dealing with Christmas lights, or adjusting a satellite dish, don’t forget to evaluate your chimney caps while you’re onrepparttar roof. Chimney caps are those mesh-sided enclosures (usually made of stainless steel, copper, or galvanized steel) atop your chimney to prevent water, animals, bird droppings, and leaves from entering your home. A once-a-year assessment of your chimney caps’ condition can be well worth your time for protecting your house. Here are four things you can easily check on your chimney caps:

1.Arerepparttar 148190 chimney caps there? If there have been high winds in your area, your chimney caps may have blown off. Properly secured chimney caps withstand most high winds, but exceptional winds can do damage, including blowing chimney caps off.

2.Arerepparttar 148191 chimney caps securely attached? Time, wild animals, or high winds can degraderepparttar 148192 security of your chimney caps’ attachment to your flues or chimneys. You can retighten screws or reapply a sealant if your chimney caps are no longer securely attached.

3.Arerepparttar 148193 chimney caps rusting through? Galvanized steel chimney caps generally last about three to five years before they become too rusted to serve their purposes. In salt water environments, galvanized chimney caps corrode even more quickly. Stainless steel and copper chimney caps usually have lifetime warranties, so they are good replacement choices for those who don’t want to be replacing their chimney caps every few years.

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