Washer and Dryer Repair Arlington Virginia
Clothes washing today has evolved into an experience that uses technology only dreamed about years ago to clean our clothes completely, to using only about 12 gallons of water per cycle, compared to the old standard of over 40.
This new efficiency results from the technology introduced to the public by Whirlpool in the mid-1990s in their new line of front-load washers and named it high-efficiency (HE). Since that time, both top-load and front-load washers carry the HE insignia.
Other manufacturers of HE machines soon followed, and today you won’t find new, older style washers anywhere. The washers and dryers manufactured in the 1990s still exist, but they are few and far between. Yes, they still work and we repair them, too.
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Washing machine repair is an industry in itself because it takes extraordinary ability and knowledge to understand the inner workings of these high-technology marvels. The key to the longevity of these new machines is to keep load sizes reasonable.
A reasonable load by today’s standards is a half-full basket of clothes and no more. The reason is that the machines can’t wash clothes properly if the load can’t move during agitation because of excess weight.
Also, any extra weight over the recommended limit inevitably causes early wear and tear to mechanical parts like the gearcase and suspension rods, for example.
As you know, the HE process uses much less water than before, and to get clothes clean they need room to contact each other while they’re damp – not submerged in water. Clothes get clean by their back-and-forth movement during agitation.
I think it’s safe to say the dryers are reliable machines, and the frequency of repair over the years stays relatively constant year over year. They have issues, but if you follow the load recommendations for your washer, it’s not likely you will have weight issues with your dryer.
Typical problems with dryers are heat related in most cases. A burned out heater tops the list, with thermostats running a close second. Other issues include the loss of one leg of the input power in an electric dryer, and timers that have burnt contacts which can cause a loss of heat.
Another problem many people don’t associate with a loss of heat is a clogged dryer vent. If the dryer can’t exhaust the heat it produces, that trapped hot, moist air tricks the operating thermostat into turning the heat off too soon because it’s sensing the proper temperature. But that’s because of the trapped heat inside the dryer. The result is long dry times, moist heat, and damp clothes.