Tips for Buying a New Washing Machine
- Categories: Electrical
- Date: May 28, 2021
Unfortunately, washing machines do not last forever. You may want to consider buying a new washing machine if:
- It’s getting old. You should expect about 10 years from your washing machine before it starts breaking down.
- It’s noisy, which could be a minor problem such as worn belts or pulleys, or more significant issues such as a clutch or transmission.
- You want a more efficient machine. A good Energy Star-certified washer can use 25% less energy and 45% less water than older models.
- Water is leaking.
- There are bad smells coming from it.
Tips for Buying a New Washing Machine
Here are some thoughts on buying a new washing machine.
- Stackable or side by side. This will depend on the amount of space you have. If you have limited space, such as a closet, a stacked washer and dryer might be your only option.
- Size. Standard washers are generally 27 or 27.5 inches wide with a capacity of 3.1 to 6.2 cubic feet. More compact machines are typically 24 inches wide. Before you buy a machine, make sure you have room for it in your laundry room. You will need four to six inches behind the machine for hook-ups, plus an inch or two on either side. Additionally, you will need about 20 inches up top for a top-loader, and 20 inches or so in the front for front-load washers.
- Top-load washing machine vs. front-load washing machine. This is the age-old washing machine question. Here are some points to consider:
- Per above, space is a key issue. Consider whether you have enough space above the machine for a top-loader, or in front of the machine for a front-loader.
- Front-load washing machines, while generally more expensive, will hold more clothes and bulky items, but you will have to bend down to retrieve the clothes. Front-loading washers may also have storage space underneath.
- Top-loading washers generally have higher spin speeds, making drying more efficient. The issue with top-loaders is it may be hard for shorter people to reach the bottom.
- Energy efficiency. Energy-efficient models rated between A and C feature options such as a short wash. Others have an Auto Weight Sensor that regulates the length of the wash based on capacity, rather than a set time. These washers also provide a wider array or temperatures, so you can select a lower temperature to reduce cost.
- Other features. Washers often come with special features that provide additional convenience and efficiency, although perhaps at a higher cost.
- Digital displays make it easier to control the cycle and to monitor the wash’s progress. Some digital displays also have a memory setting to help you select the wash program. Finally, some have an LED display that may be easier to read.
- Wi-Fi. Of course, washing machines, like most other appliances, can include Wi-Fi access. You can use your phone or tablet to start and pause a load and be informed when the load is done.
- Detergent dispensing. Another convenient feature is a detergent dispenser that will dispense the detergent evenly, so you do not have to pour it on the load.
- Self-cleaning washers provide for easier maintenance.
Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Plumbing-Related Issues with Your Appliances
Some washing machine issues can be handled with a repair instead of a replacement. Contact the plumbing professionals at Ravinia Plumbing today for plumbing-related issues with your washing machine and other appliances. We’ve been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing, sewer, HVAC, and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing today to schedule an appointment.
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