Six ways to make your washing woes disappear
WHEN it comes to washing machines, Adam Hayden from Tweed Heads Appliance Parts and Repairs has seen it all.
It can be tricky finding the right machine, whether it is new or used, so with Mr Hayden's help, the Daily News decided to give you all the right information.
Both front- and top-loading machines have advantages and disadvantages, Mr Hayden said.
It all depended on your lifestyle.
"Some people will prefer front loaders because of their water-saving qualities, but their wash cycle takes considerably longer than a top-load cycle and, of course, you can open a top loader during the cycle whereas the front loader is locked from the start," Mr Hayden said.
As tempting as it as, he said stay away from cheap brands you did not recognise. In the long-run the money saved on the cheaper ones could come back to bite you in repair costs.
"It is probably best to stay away from the cheap stuff. If it is really cheap, it is for one reason - that it is made from cheap material and parts, and those parts can be tricky to find when you need repairs done," Mr Hayden said.
Choosing between using powder or liquid washing detergent was again purely a person choice, according to our expert.
"I don't really have a preference on the liquid or powder topic. In my experience there are no obvious effects to suggest one is better than the other," Mr Hayden said.
Those who use fabric softener will be pleased to know the damage it causes is minimal, however, after a period of use it can affect your finished product.
"Softener can build up over time on the outer tub area in a black crusty mess, which does get on clothes. So I would avoid excessive use if you can.
"There is no evidence of it damaging machine components though."
The most common problem with machines coming in for repairs at Mr Hayden's business was blockages.
"Draining issues are very common. People forget to take things out their pockets, they put pillows in the machine and the pillow fluff blocks it up.
"I have found all sorts of things from nails and bobby pins to coins and plastic objects," Mr Hayden said.
- Buy a well-known brand
- Use softener sparingly
- Double check for foreign objects before starting the cycle
- Treat your machine well for a longer life span
- Buy a two-four-year-old machine when purchasing second hand.
- Lifespan varies but five-year-old machines and above are getting towards the end of their life.