A great washing machine is more than just an appliance. It’s something you depend on to take care of your laundry so you can focus on what’s really important. But after several years of solid use, your washing machine will show its age much in the same way as anything else. Read on to see if it’s time for you to invest in a new machine.
1. The drum won’t spin at the end of the cycle
When you take your clothes out of the washing machine they should be wet but not soaking wet thanks to the fast spin at the end of the cycle. But this fast spin can sometimes stop working, leaving you to open the washing machine door to find heavy clothes still drenched in water.
This could be because of:
- Pressure system fault: The spin cycle kicks in when a pressure sensor shows the water has drained. A fault or blockage can stop this from working
- Worn motor: This can make it difficult for the motor to reach the speed needed for the fastest spin. Worn carbon brushes are often to blame
Did you know? Some new machines use strong magnets instead of brushes to drive the drum creating less wear and tear and making them much quieter.
2. The machine still works but the water hasn’t drained
Nothing is more frustrating than running a cycle only to find the water hasn’t drained, especially when your favourite shirt is inside.
If the drum is full of water and your machine still works it might be a problem with your pump filter, which stops coins and pieces of material blocking your machine. Simple blockages, of the drain hose or U-bend beneath the sink, are easy to fix.
Can you hear the pump running? If it is making a noise it isn’t a blockage and will need further investigation.
Before checking the pump filter you will need to drain the washing machine manually. How to check your pump filter.
3. It’s more noisy than it should be
It’s hard to relax as a family or concentrate on what you’re doing when a noisy washing machine is causing a disturbance in the kitchen.
The faster your drum is spinning, the louder and more unbalanced the machine will be. The noise is even greater when items get caught in the drum, or by washing ‘an unbalanced load’ – a bath towel with a couple of T-shirts, or any other combination of heavy and light fabrics. But it could also a sign there is a problem with the bearings.
How to check your bearings: Turn the washing machine drum by hand when it is empty and not being used. If it feels as though you’re pushing against something, you have a problem.
4. You don’t trust it with your clothes
There’s no point having a washing machine that you daren’t put your favourite jeans in.
The clothes you wear deserve a great deal of care and attention and it makes little sense to put them in an appliance that is past its best. One that fails to remove stains, rinse out all the detergent or, even worse, puts holes in them.
If your clothes are important to you then it’s worth investing in a machine that has exceptional stain removing technology – one that’s tough on stains whilst gentle on the most delicate of fabrics.
Samsung’s ecobubble washing machines are a good option. These machines cleverly mix detergent with air and water; flooding the drum in stain-fighting foam. Ecobubble technology is designed to work in cool temperatures so you can fight stains and still have a greener wash.
5. It’s no longer big enough for your family
You bought your current washing machine before you had children, or when your children were very small. Since then your family has grown. There’s just not enough room in the drum to cope with your laundry hamper: teenagers’ jeans, rugby kits and a seemingly endless assortment of towels.
Washing machine drum sizes vary greatly, starting at 6kg and reaching up to 12kg. The average load weighs around 2 to 2.5kg, with 1kg accounting for a pair of trousers, a blouse, underwear and socks.
A machine with at least 8kg should offer enough room for the average family with 2 children. If you have a larger family you should look at larger capacity 10kg machines. Smaller families who prefer to wash their clothes less frequently in larger loads may also find a bigger drum ideal.
Don’t buy bigger than you can fill. Washing machines deliver the best results when the drum is filled to match the programme you’ve selected.
6. It’s much older than your latest smartphone
New smartphones are launched each year and they are packed with the latest technology. Washing machines are always evolving and improving too and come with some amazing features.
So if you bought your washing machine several years ago there will be a plethora of new technology you’re missing out on.
Stain removal and rinsing technology has become much more sophisticated, helping you better care for the clothes you love. Energy efficiency has massively improved too; many machines have an A+++ rating for greener laundry days.
New and exciting technologies make laundry days much easier so you can focus on the more important things in life. From new Samsung washing machines with a second door to add items mid-wash to smartphone apps for checking on your laundry when you’re out of the house.
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