Tag Archive for 'Washer'

How to Replace Washing Machine Inlet Valve

There’s another great repair article over at acmehowto.com about replacing the inlet valve on your washing machine.

Of course, never attempt such a repair yourself without following all safety precautions, like unplugging the washer.

First it discusses what exactly an inlet valve is, and what can happen if the valve is blocked or if its solenoid isn’t functioning.

It discusses how to identify it, where on the washing machine to find it, and how to disconnect it.  It gives advice on the hoses, the terminals, and the wiring.  Once the valve is off, it tells you how to connect the new one and make sure it’s working properly.

If you need to replace your washing machine’s inlet valve, read this article.

Sears Introduces Smart-Motion Laundry

Sears has introduced the next generation of their Kenmore and Kenmore Elite laundry machines. These new washers feature so-called ‘smart-motion’ technology.  Smart-motion, of course, has nothing to do with the big gov’ment conspiracy that some people think the smart-grid technology represents.

No, in this case, smart-motion refers to the drive motor that controls the speed and agitation of the washer drum. Five different settings provide different levels of agitation to accomodate various different kinds of clothes.

Read more about these new products here.

Do It Yourself Home Appliance Repair Requires Easy Access to Appliance Parts

Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place for all your appliance part needs.

Whether it’s Arcoaire, Comfortmaker, Luxaire, Air Ease, Century, Concord, Janitrol, Tempstar, Ducane, Lennox, Weatherking, Amana, Armstrong, or any other part you need for your washer, dryer, furnace, air conditioner, dishwasher, microwave, or any other appliance, you’ll find it right here at Superior Appliance Parts.

Sit back, relax, take a deep breath, enjoy a sip of your favorite beverage, stop by our online store, and purchase the part your appliance needs…it certainly isn’t going to fix itself!

Washing Clothes with Plastic Pellets

A recent article from the magazine Popular Science introduced a new concept in laundry: Using about 10% of the water currently used for washing clothes, not to mention a fraction of the detergent, the prototype washer from Xeros includes two nested drums. The inner drum contains the clothes.  The outer drum contains nylon beads.  The polarized molecules in the nylon attract and collect dirt.  At the end of the cycle, the inner drum spins, forcing the beads out.  The linked article contains an image to help you visualize the process.

Although this is an intriguing notion, I can’t help but wonder if this is an efficient method of cleaning clothes.  How does the plastic work on stained clothes?  Also, I can’t help but wonder if I’m going to be fishing out those plastic pellets with every completed load.  The company has a demo video claiming that 99.95% of the beads do return to the outer drum at the end of the cycle.  This is something I’d have to see to believe–and not just once, but after five years.  That sounds like a potential problem to me.  I’m also concerned that delicate clothes won’t be able to withstand being pulverized by these pellets.

This prototype is promising, that much is certain.  However, I’m not yet quite convinced that this is the future of laundry.  I think it needs just a little more development to get people to catch on to the idea.  Best of luck to Xeros.

Woman’s Day Giving Away Electrolux Washer and Dryer

Woman’s Day magazine is giving away a 27″ Electrolux Front-loading Washer and Dryer.

The Washer and Dryer are energy-efficient and come in four different colors.  They retail for about $3,600.

If you’d like to enter this contest, click here.  There is no purchase necessary to enter, but entries must be received no later than January 9, 2010.

Good luck.

How a Washing Machine Works

Suppose you read yesterday’s article about repairing your washing machine and said to yourself, “Repair my washing machine?  Are you kidding me? I don’t even know how a washing machine works!”

Well, HowStuffWorks.com comes to the rescue again, this time with a tutorial on exactly how your washer makes your clothes smell like flowers.  Or a fresh mountain spring.  Or whatever detergent you use.

Today’s article shows you how it cleans clothes, its parts (switches, timers, etc.), the plumbing, the pump and its motor, the drive mechanism, the gearbox, the controls, and more.  If you were ever curious about how a washing machine does its job, then look no further.

Take a look!

Looking for a Discontinued Appliance Part?

It’s not impossible to find discontinued appliance parts.  In fact, it’s extremely easy.  Whether you need discontinued parts for a refrigerator, dishwasher, AC or heating unit, an ice machine, a washer or dryer, or a grill, you have plenty of options.

Many Appliance Parts stores online allow you to search for parts.  However, if a part you’re looking for is discontinued, chances are you won’t find it in any online search.  Don’t fret!  Unless you really want to.  Fretting is optional.

All you need to do is contact the Appliance Parts store directly, either via e-mail or phone.  Most stores have connections to discontinued parts or might have suggestions for where to look.  They may also be able to recommend a substitute from a current model for the same brand as the part you need.

With any luck, your Appliance Parts store can locate a suitable part for your DIY home appliance repair project.

Gifts That Keep On Giving

Major appliances aren’t usually thought of as obvious gifts during the holiday season.  Nevertheless, an interesting trend is developing this year.

Stores like Sears, Home Depot, Lowe, and others offered promo packages on Black Friday for major appliance sets, mostly for laundry pairs.  Severe discounts were offered for Electrolux, LG, Amana, Maytag, Duet, and more brands.

The gambit worked–according to this article from twice.com, sales of washer/dryer sets rose seventy percent on Black Friday compared to the previous year.

Wow. Imagine how much wrapping paper it’ll take to wrap up a washer and dryer or a fridge…

Do You Smell Something?

Today, I read this fascinating article which ran a few weeks ago over at msnbc.com.

Consumers of some of the newer energy-efficient front-loading washers are experiencing mold in the rubber gasket which seals the door.

In a top-loading washer, any condensation usually evaporates.  In a front-loading washer, however, water might collect on the bottom of the rubber gasket, which could lead to mold.

I highly suggest you read the article if you own a front-loading washer. It does provide tips on how to prevent this problem.