Why Do My Clothes Go Missing in My Washer?

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Depending on your busy schedule, laundry is one of our main chores to do for ourselves during the week. Not only can this chore be time consuming and frustrating when we do not have enough time in our day, but it can be even more aggravating when we lose our clothes. How many times have you put socks or other small garments in the washer/dryer and then not have been able to find them? Although some may think this is some magical power that the washer or dryer has, you can almost always get them back because they are simply just stuck inside a part of the machine.

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Prolonging Your Dishwasher’s Life

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Your dishwasher is probably the second most used appliance in your home, next to your refrigerator. If you aren’t taking proper care of your dishwasher, it won’t last for as long as it’s supposed to. We’ve compiled a list of places to clean and precautions to take in order to sustain the life of your unit: Continue reading

How to Figure Out What is Causing Your Dryer to Squeak

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If you notice a loud screeching noise coming from your dryer when it’s running, there are one of four parts that could be contributing to this. The longer you wait to fix this, the more damage it causes. Before examining or replacing anything, it’s important that you completely disconnect your unit from its power source.

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7 Things You Should Never Put in Your Dryer

29626837_sWe’ve all accidentally shrunk our favorite T-shirt or de-raveled our number one sweater. It’s a common mistake we all make, yet can be easily avoided with a little fabric knowledge. It is important to know which of our clothing items can go in the dryer and which can definitely not.  If you want to avoid shrinking, warping, or frankly destroying your clothing completely, follow our list of “don’t – do’s ” for your clothing: Continue reading

10 DIY Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

3559029_l (1)As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).

This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience.  Continue reading

Why Does My Washer Make A Loud Noise?

Noise during or after the spin cycle could indicate a problem with the drain pump or pump and motor assembly (depending on your model). A noisy washer can indicate something as simple as an unbalanced load or a metal buckle from clothing hitting the drum when washing, or else a more serious problem from a defective washer part. Determining the causes behind a noisy washer might take some time and some parts that are causing the noise are incredibly time-consuming to reach and replace.  Here are some things you can check and some parts that might be causing noise from your washing machine.

One simple thing you can do is run your washer without anything inside (so an empty load). This will allow you to listen to the appliance at work. It might also indicate that the problem is not with your washer, but with a particular load of laundry. However, if you do notice an unusual noise, try to take note at what part of the cycle you hear it as this might give you a clue as to what part could be causing the noise.

While your washer is off and empty, spin the tub or drum by hand. If you hear a lot of noise or there is a lot of back and forth wobbling movement, this might indicate a problem with the drum’s support parts or bearing.

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Spooky noises from your appliances

What's causing those spooky noises coming from your appliances?All appliances make noises, but some sounds can signify trouble with your appliance. Here are some possible causes – and solutions – to the squealing, thumps and bangs from your appliances.

Clothes Dryer

Grinding sound
Worn drum glides. The drum glides provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. Over time, these parts can become worn and will need to be replaced.

Rumbling or thumping sound
Worn drum support rollers which support the dryer drum as it spins. Over time, the rollers wear down and the shape of the rollers change and become elongated, forcing the drum to spin up and down on the non-round wheel surfaces.

Squealing
Dryer belt needs replacement.

Washing Machine

Loud banging
A loud banging from your washer when it’s in use might mean an unbalanced load. Stop the cycle by opening the lid and redistributing the items inside the washer’s tub. Overloading and under loading the machine might also be the issue. Either remove items, especially items that tend to absorb more water, or add items to balance out the load.

Use a levelling tool to make sure your machine is level and adjusts the leveling legs if needed.
Banging sounds and shaking might be caused by broken or worn parts that support the tub. Manually spin the tub of your machine while it is not in use and listen for any noises while it spins.
A bad rear bearing that sits in the outer tub and supports the spin basket could be worn or bad, causing the basket to move around during use causing extra noise.

Broken suspension rods which support the tub could also be the reason for a noisy washer. If the tub appears crooked inside the machine, it could indicate one of the rods has broken.

Shock absorbers support the tub while the washer is running. Worn shock absorbers could be the reason your washer is noisier than normal.

Dishwasher
Noisy or increased noise
An increased noise from your dishwasher could indicate a clogged or defective drain pump. Check to see if there is a blockage in the drain pump. If there is none, then the pump might be defective.

Squealing sounds
High-pitched squealing sounds when the washer is filling might indicate a low water pressure problem. Increasing the water pressure should fix this. If not, there might be a problem with the water inlet valve which will need to be looked at and possibly replaced.

Refrigerator
Squealing, rumbling sounds
Squealing or rumbling sounds from your refrigerator might mean that the evaporator motor is on its way out.

Squealing or chirping
A bad evaporator fan