6 signs you need to replace your washing machine
Noisy? Temperamental? Dated? It might be time to replace your washing machine.
A washing machine is more than just an appliance. We depend on them to take care of our laundry so we can focus on what’s really important. After several years of solid use, your washing machine will show its age and it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Here are a few things to consider...
- It's not kind to your clothes, or the environment
If your clothes are important to you as the planet, it’s worth investing in a machine that takes care of both. And if you have an older machine, chances are that it's doing neither.
Samsung’s Ecobubble™ washing machines are a good option. These machines cleverly mix detergent with air and water; flooding the drum in stain-fighting foam. Ecobubble™ technology is designed to work on a cooler setting, so it's kinder on your bills and the environment. But that’s just the start. Hygiene Steam eliminates 99.9% of germs for a deep-down clean. And you’ll be amazed how peaceful it is, allowing you to sleep soundly even on the fastest spin.
- The drum won’t spin at the end of the cycle
When you take your clothes out of the washing machine they should be wet - but not soaking wet - thanks to the fast spin at the end of the cycle. But this fast spin cycle can sometimes fail, leaving you to open the washing machine door to find clothes still sopping wet.
There are a few reasons why this could be happening.
- Pressure system fault: The spin cycle starts when a pressure sensor shows the water has drained away. A fault or blockage can stop this from working
- Worn motor: This can make it difficult for the motor to reach the speed needed for the fastest spin.
Did you know? Some new machines use strong magnets to drive the drum. This causes less wear and tear and makes them much quieter.
- The water hasn’t drained
If the drum is full of water and your machine still works it might be a problem with the pump filter, this is designed to stop coins and pieces of material blocking your machine. Simple blockages, of the drain hose or U-bend beneath the sink, are easy to fix.
Good to know: Before you go checking the pump filter you'll need to drain the washing machine manually
- It’s more noisy than it should be
It’s hard to relax as a family or concentrate on what you’re doing when a noisy washing machine is causing a disturbance.
The faster your drum is spinning, the louder and more unbalanced the machine will be. The noise is even greater when items get caught in the drum, or by washing ‘an unbalanced load’ – a bath towel with a couple of T-shirts, or any other combination of heavy and light fabrics. But it could also a sign there is a problem with the bearings.
How to check your bearings: Turn the washing machine drum by hand when it is empty and not being used. If it feels as though you’re pushing against something, you have a problem.
- It’s no longer big enough
Washing machine drum sizes vary greatly, starting at 6kg and reaching up to 12kg. The average load weighs around 2 to 2.5kg.
A machine with 8kg should offer enough room for the average family with 2 children. If you have a larger family you should look at larger capacity 10kg machines. Smaller families who prefer to wash their clothes less frequently in larger loads may also find a bigger drum ideal.
Don’t buy bigger than you can fill. Washing machines deliver the best results when the drum is filled to match the programme you’ve selected.
- You don’t remember how old you current washing machine is.
Washing machines are always evolving and improving too, and come with some amazing features.
So, if you bought your washing machine several years ago, there's now going to be new washing tech you’re missing out on.
Stain removal and rinsing technology has become much more sophisticated, helping you better care for the clothes you love. Energy efficiency has massively improved too, so keep an eye out for washing machines with the best energy ratings.
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