News

Why Has The Machine Stopped?

It can be a very annoying situation when you need your clothes washed and the machine suddenly stops mid cycle. There are a few reasons why this can happen, such as an older model sticking occasionally. However, a newer machine is likely to just stop the cycle completely along with an error code flashing up, which can be checked in the manual. Sometimes you will also get fault lights flashing up if there’s an issue.

 

If you have any problems with the washing machine, then a professional should be called to inspect it properly and find a solution. Sometimes it can be due to a problem with the timer of the machine, or the heater. It can either not heat up correctly so the cycle will then stop, or it can be the opposite and overheat instead. This can be due to an issue with the thermistor. Washing machines usually have internal sensors that can tell if it is an overheating problem. You could try and leave it to see if it cools down before attempting again. Another reason for a cycle to stop is if the machine can’t drain properly. This can be from something obstructing the pump, so if this is rectified then it should work again. Whatever the reason, it is always best to get a professional to check, as we are long standing experts in Washing Machine repairs in Plymouth, we are happy to give you a free quotation.

 

Why Should You Leave The Washing Machine Door Open?

Did you know that after using the washing machine, you should leave the door open? By not doing so, you could be leaving the machine open for issues down the line, particularly as it is not something we generally think about. Not leaving the door open can cause mould and mildew to develop and grow inside the drum, which can cause newly washed clothes to have an unpleasant, musty odour. It can also be a struggle to get rid of from the drum, as every time you use the machine it just creates the same condition which it thrives in. When the door is closed straight away, any potential fungus developing will have a chance to flourish.

 

The best thing to do after each cycle, is to leave the door open and wait for the drum to lose any moisture. This can take a while but it is recommended to stop any mildew from having a chance to build. Dry newly washed clothes as soon as possible, as this will limit the chance of mould to build on them too. If you need more advice or a Washing Machine repaired in Saltash, call us.

 

The Importance Of A Maintenance Wash

As well as keeping your washing machine up to date with repairs, you should also think about how clean it is in general. We don’t really think about a washing machine being dirty due to what it is used for. But due to all the dirty clothes washed, a build-up of grime can happen. This is why maintenance washes are important, particularly if you notice your clothes coming out not as sparkling as you would hope.

 

These washes remove stains, mould and bacteria that may build up, as well as get rid of old water that may be stagnant in there. It is worth doing a maintenance wash once a month. If you spot any specks of mould or sludge in the door seal, then it is time to start a wash. You need to make sure the machine is empty before you begin and then add a cleaning solution ( make sure you use the instructions to work out how much). Put the cycle on to a cotton wash at your hottest setting and then start it. After the cycle is done, you can then open it and wipe inside the seal to make sure any sludge is completely gone. Once everything is clean, you should make sure the door is left open to ensure everything is dry. By doing a maintenance wash, it’ll also help to reduce sludge and any bad smells that may appear. It will also help to boost the lifespan of your machine, if you need help with Washing machine repairs in Saltash or Ivybridge, call today.

 

Why Should You Use A Professional To Fix Your Appliance?

It is annoying when things go wrong, so when something we use all the time (such as the washing machine) breaks it can be frustrating, particularly if we have no idea what to do first. You may not know what is actually wrong with the machine or what part has broken, especially if you have no experience. If the part isn’t functioning any more it means a new part needs to be purchased. This can be a hassle if you don’t have the time and if you order the wrong part then it will be pricey. However, if you ask a professional, they will be able to pinpoint exactly which part is needed and order and fit the new part themselves. They will then find a solution for you and you will find yourself with a working appliance again very soon.

 

An expert will ensure the job is done properly and thoroughly with experience, so that your appliance will have a long lifespan. Using a professional to fix your appliance means you are saving money on the long run, as you won’t have to keep paying out every time something goes wrong, as once it is repaired it shouldn’t be a problem again. A professional will be able to tell you if there is something they can’t do but they will give you advice on what to do next. Call us today for all Washing machine repairs in Saltash.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of a Washing Machine

If you’ve just had your washing machine repaired, there a few things you can do to keep it in tip top condition, as well as keep your clothes clean and looked after. For instance, dividing your clothes by colour will help stop any colours running. You could also put your delicate clothing into laundry bags to stop them catching. Checking the labels before putting your clothes in, will ensure you are using the correct instructions for the right cycle and temperature. You should also make sure you put the exact amount of detergent where it is meant to go, as some need to put directly into the drum, where some need to use the drawer. You shouldn’t put fabric conditioner right on to clothes, as they can stain.

 

By keeping the door open after each cycle, you can prevent mildew growth, therefore any bad smells will decrease. You can also clean the machine itself by doing an empty hot cycle with a cup of white vinegar to help keep the machine sanitised.

 

You shouldn’t put a small amount of clothes in a cycle meant for a large amount, as it will be wasting energy and water. You need to ensure there is nothing in pockets, as even just a tissue will cover everything in fluff! By ensuring you take the clothes out straight away, you can prevent mould build up.

 

Most minor problems like a clogged pipe can be solved, but if you have any problems develop that you’re not sure about then it is best to get a professional to take a look, particularly if it is plumbing or electricity related. They will have experience and know what to look out for, for health and safety. So, if you require a Washing machine repair in Plymouth, give us a call.

 

How Long Is the Lifespan of a Washing Machine?

If your washing machine is ageing and can’t be repaired any more, then it is time to purchase a new one. You may look out for the cost, model and reviews amongst other factors. However, one thing you should think about is how long it can last for. A washing machine is something that should last a while after investing in it.

 

The average expectancy is around six to ten years. However, there are some who have machines that have lasted for many years. So, there is no exact time when a washing machine would need replacing.

 

There may not be anything wrong with the appliance at all, but perhaps you want a bigger machine. Your family could be growing and you need more space and a bigger drum.

 

Sometimes we are happy just to keep the machine we’ve had from the beginning, until it finally stops working. Washing machines were originally built to last a long time, being strong and able to cope with washing from big families. It was cheaper to repair these machines, as extra parts were more affordable with extensive advice.

 

Nowadays washing machines are made more cheaply, which means they are more likely to break down after only hundreds of cycles. However, there are still decent machines around that can last a long time, they are just harder to find.

 

Luckily looking after your own machine with care can help to lengthen the lifespan. For instance, if you overload it constantly, it can be put under strain. If you make sure you follow the capacity it will last a lot longer. The best thing to do is have an expert take a look, as soon as there are any problems, call today for any Emergency Washing Machine repairs in Plymouth.

Common Washing Machine Issues

Washing machines are so useful and a part of day to day life. However, when there’s a problem it can ruin a lot of plans, so it’s good to know what to look out for.

 

For instance, washing machines shake and vibrate when they’re on a cycle, but if they suddenly start rattling and almost jumping around, it can be due to uneven flooring, or due to shock absorbers not doing their jobs. As well as rattling, the noise can be evidence of a problem, possibly items from pockets. Occasionally it can also refuse to drain, or the door won’t open. This means the drain or filter needs to be checked for blockages.

 

A more serious fault could be the drum refusing to spin during a cycle, a possible problem with the motor. But this could be a simple thing to fix, if it’s simply a case of tweaking the amount of clothes in there and trying again.

 

These are just a few common issues that could crop up, but it’s best not to panic, and call us for all your Washing repairs in Plymouth.