Washing Machine FAQs

Washing Machine FAQs – We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about washing machines in one place for your convenience.

These questions range from technical matters, to proper usage, as well as troubleshooting and the maintenance of your washing machine.

A semi-automatic washing machine (more commonly known as twin tub in the Philippine market) have two tubs side-by-side – one for washing, the other for drying. You have to manually add water and detergent to a semi-auto, and manually transfer the washed clothes to the dryer tub as well.

Meanwhile, a fully automatic washing machine does most of the work for you. Your machine will put water and detergent, and even dry your clothes after the cycle without you having to intervene in the process.

A washing machine’s tub is positioned, which can either be vertically (top loading) or horizontally (front loading). Aside from looking physically different, their configuration will have an effect on how they operate and how much water they use (spoiler: front-loaders use less water).

Fully automatic washing machines are sensitive to water pressure. That is, if it detects a low water pressure, it automatically issues an error code, rendering you unable to use your machine.

Before purchasing a fully automatic washing machine, make sure that the water pressure in your area is adequate.

In fully automatic washing machines, the “fuzzy logic” controls the washing process. Its sensors detect the weight of the load, and then decides how much water, detergent, and time is required for that batch of laundry.

As a rule of thumb, 3kg per person in your household will be a nice starting point. Of course, you should add to that if you go through a lot of clothes within the day.

You should place your washing machine close to a water source. You should also keep it away from direct sunlight

The washing machine’s capacity refers to the maximum dry weight of the clothes that you can put in it. The capacities usually start at 5.0 kg all the way to 22.0 kg.

The RPM refers to how fast the tub will spin during the spin drying process. The faster it is, the more water it can wring out. However, a faster speed can also put more wrinkles on your clothes, making ironing harder.

Yes, you can. Is it ideal? Not really.

While you can wash and spin dry your laundry using this method with no problems, you will not get the full experience of convenience with this method.

For one, you will have to spend your time filling up the tub yourself. Second, the rinse function will not work, as it normally gets water from the faucet automatically. Only do this if the water pressure is inconsistent in your area.

Not all front-loading washing machines can be stacked.

Some manufacturers offer a matching dryer top to the washer. If your washer does not have a matching dryer for it, it may not be stackable. Read the manufacturers specs before placing another unit on top of your washer.

Using extension cords for semi-automatic washing machines and spin dryers are usually fine. Just be careful to not get them wet.

For fully automatics (especially those that have a built-in heater), always elect to use a house socket as these type of washing machines draw more power. Using an extension cord for them can be a fire hazard.

Yes, you can wash canvas shoes in the washing machine.

Take the laces and foam padding off the shoes before putting them in a wire mesh bag. Do not spin dry! Only hang them to dry them by air.

Yes you can!

Start by cleaning out the dust and debris outside, and spot cleaning hard stains. Next place your bag in a mesh or a pillow case inside-out; this will prevent straps from getting caught on the washing machine.

Put your washing machine on the delicate setting. Once done, hang your bag to dry.

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The interior of a washing machine is a dark and damp place covered in detergent residue, which is the perfect environment for odor-causing mold and mildew to thrive in. If left unaddressed, it can cause your laundry to stink no matter how many wash cycles you run it in.

It is normal for washing machines to vibrate during the spin drying process. However, when the shaking is so violent that your washing machine appears to be “walking”, you need to check a few things:

  1. Check if the washing machine is on a flat surface.
  2. Check the washing machine’s feet if they are uneven, missing, or bent. If they are, either replace them or find something to put under them to make them level.

There are a number of reasons why your washing machine is not spinning. Here are the most probable causes:

  1. A broken motor belt
  2. The motor itself is broken
  3. A small object is stuck in the pulsator

#3 can easily be handled by your self with no special tools. For #1 and #2, call in a professional!

There are several reasons why a washing machine leaks. Here are the most common causes of this problem:

  1. it is overfilled.
  2. it is not resting on a flat surface.
  3. blocked or unsecured drain hose.
  4. hole in water pump.
  5. faulty gasket (for front-loaders)

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