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Too much detergent can ruin your appliance

March 15, 2010

Easy there on that detergent, you don’t need that much and you could be destroying your appliance, according to  the article “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” from the NYTimes.com.

Using too much laundry or dishwashing detergent can shorten the lifespan or your machine, cause your dishwasher or washing machine to break down and doesn’t produce cleaner dishes or clothing. Dishwashers and Washing Machines made today use less water and on top of that, detergents for these machines come in more concentrated forms.

“Too much detergent can make your clothes stiff and shorten the life of your machine. An excess of soap can also cause a buildup of mold and mildew,” said Jill Notini, a spokeswoman for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade group as quoted in “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” New York Times.

“Too much soap is also a problem in dishwashers and can cause dishes and glasses to look filmy. Again, check the detergent container for recommended amounts — you definitely don’t have to fill up the entire soap container in the dishwasher,” said Vernon Schmidt, who has been a repairman for almost 35 years and is the author of a self-published book, “Appliance Handbook for Women: Simple Enough Even a Man Can Understand.”

For more appliance care tips, read the entire article online:  “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” New York Times.

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Maytag Clothes Washer shakes and does not balance loads

December 15, 2009

Question: My Maytag Clothes Washer, Model number pav2300aww, shakes and pulls the pressure fill line loose from the tub. The Maytag washing machine also does not balance the load when spinning. It is on a solid cement floor, so that is not the reason for the shake. How can I make it stop shaking?

Maytag Clothes Washer Snubber Ring location

Maytag Clothes Washer Snubber Ring location

Answer from ApplianceJunk.com: The snubber ring at the base of the washer helps keep it from shaking.
I would remove the front of the washer and take a look at the snubber ring.

View diagrams for Maytag Clothes Washer, Model number pav2300aww

Maytag Washing Machine snubber ring part in Canada

WasherFresh destroys stinky odor causing residues and smells

October 9, 2009

You may have noticed lately that your washer stinks. Clothes and especially towels after use, might be giving off a foul odor. The problem isn’t your detergent or clothes; it’s being caused by your washer.

Mold and mildew can grow in hard-to-see, hard-to-reach places in your washing machine, embedding the smells into your newly cleaned laundry, being especially problematic for thick absorbent towels. Even though mold can grow in any type of washer, it’s especial a problem in front-loading HE washing machines.

WasherFresh fights bad odors in HE Washers, freshens and cleans. 3 -pack - $8.99

WasherFresh fights bad odors in HE Washers, freshens and cleans. 3 -pack - $8.99

To get your washer and laundry smelling fresh again, use a cleaner like WasherFresh to remove stubborn mold and mildew smells. To use, simply drop one of the premeasured pouches of WasherFresh into your empty clothes washer and select a hot water aggressive cleaning cycle available on your machine. WasherFresh dissolves quickly releasing all the active ingredients so it starts cleaning and freshening the laundry tub sooner and longer.

WasherFresh is available in Canada in packs of three pouches and packs of six pouches from APWagner.ca Appliance Parts.

To prevent any future stinky smells, follow these HE washing machine maintenance tips recommended by washing machine manufacturers.

  • After use, pull back the rubber seal on a front load machine and wipe the inside with a paper towel to remove any mold growth.
  • Keep your washer’s door open after use.

Kenmore Washing Machine won’t fill with water

September 14, 2009

Question: I have a Kenmore Washing Machine and when I turn it on it automatically starts to wash without filling with water. What’s wrong?

Answer: Dry agitating is often a sign of a bad water level control or

An example of a Washing Machine Water Level Switch . This pressure switch is found on Kenmore/Sears, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Roper, and other brands of washers. On Sale at $45.64

An example of a Washing Machine Water Level Switch . This pressure switch is found on Kenmore/Sears, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Roper, and other brands of washers. On Sale at $45.64

pressure switch. This switch measures the depth of water in the tub. It does this through an air tight hose then runs from the outer tub to the water level control. As the washer fills with water, air is pushed up through the hose. The air pressure in the hose activates the water level control when the proper water level has been reached. A signal is then sent to the solenoid that closes the water-inlet valve and then  power is sent to the timer telling the washing machine to start.

The water control switch might have gone bad, i.e. burnt wires or it may be stuck in the “full” position. Be sure to check it and replace it if this is the case.

Find washing machine no-burst fill hoses, pump to tub hoses, injector hoses and drain hoses at apwagner.ca. click here.

Find washing machine no-burst fill hoses, pump to tub hoses, injector hoses and drain hoses at apwagner.ca. click here.

Sometimes the air tight hose that runs from the outer tub to the water level control develops a pin hole leak. Check and replace this if it does. If the tube or diaphragm in this device has a slow leak, your washer may act oddly. An example would be that it fills and starts to agitate, fills more, goes back to agitate, and so on, leading to an overfill or overflow problem.

If the tube or diaphragm in the water level switch has a really bad leak, the water level switch won’t detect any pressure whatsoever, and will not stop the water flow.

For more information read: Why won’t the Washer stop filling yet it doesn’t get full?

Washing Machine Parts

Frigidaire Washing Machine belt keeps breaking, what is causing this?

September 9, 2009

Question: I have a Frigidaire Gallery brand washing machine, model number GLWS1233AS2, that is 1-5 years old. I replaced the belt a few months ago and it just broke again! What can be causing this? Is it the pulley that is the problem?

Answer: Be sure you are using the correct belt on this style of washer. There are several different belts for this model depending on which model and year clothes washer you have. The belt is a cloth belt which slips in the spin mode and acts like a clutch.

Frigidaire Gallery brand washing machine belt GLWS1233AS2 - $21.99

Frigidaire Gallery brand washing machine belt GLWS1233AS2 - $21.99


Other possible reasons causing the belt to burn off:

  1. Rusty motor pulley. Residue from burning belt must be cleaned off thoroughly from the motor pulley.
  2. Spring adjustment-must allow the belt to slip and act as clutch when getting up to spin speed.
  3. Something stuck in the clothes washer’s pump.
  4. Drain hose obstruction. The drain hose must be clear and allowing the water to clear machine properly. The rubber backflow flapper in the drain might be giving it some problems. Check this and make sure it is not the cause of your problem.
  5. Do not try to pump water higher than five feet.
  6. Water siphoning from the washer and washer agitating dry.
  7. Warped and wobbling transmission pulleys.
  8. Tight center bearing. Replaced along with belt and water seal kit. Something between the tubs causing drag on the wash basket. This would also cause slow draining problems that could burn the belt.
  9. These washers are known for the transmissions locking up in agitation and cooking belt…turning transmission pulley will free it again (like installing belt) and it will work for a couple loads….look at the transmission carefully.

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