Whirlpool, Maytag, Fridgidaire, GE Informative - Back to Basics - Laundry Appliances
08753, NEW JERSEY -- I've read thru some of the reviews here, and I'm not degrading the manufactures or the people on here, but I think we the consumer need to "GO BACK TO BASICS" when it comes to appliances. I am a service tech, and work mostly on laundry appliances. I see machines all day long, I average about 10 machines a day, all brands all, and all years. The reason im writing is to share my opinion, I see lots of problems and I belive they stem from the person behind the machine just as much as the company who makes the machine. I've seen several machines fail, because of poor designs, I've also seen them fail from the customer. I'll give some examples. The front load washer, its gunna change how we do laundry.... but it doesnt. everything is the same, we load the same, we soap the same, and we misuse the same... yet its a completly differant machine. and has to be treated that way! the normal washer has in the area of 20 gallons of water a front load has maybe 4 or 5? Yet we still put a cap off soap in it??? The average washer spins at 600 rpm, a frontload goes 1000+ yet we don't group our clothes by material as well as color to balance the machine. the normal soap is "new inproved, ultra, better then ever, super dooper" if its better why are we still using a full cap, in my area the directions on the soap are wrong, we have soft water, why don't the soap companies advised on water quality when determing how much soap to use? In my home a normal washer works just fine on a 1/4 cup of soap, in 20 gallons, that means the frontload machine needs only a 1/4 of that it only uses 5 gallons on a good day. So a 1/4 of a 1/4 thats 1/16th of a cup of soap, why do we still use a capfull and then complain when the machine smells. Why is there a special soap for frontload washers, and people refuse to buy it, if you bought a high end car that needed super would you use regular? If you dont rinse the clothes you dont rinse the machine either, yet you blame the machine and not your self??? The average washer spins around 600 rpm, a frontload washer spins close to double that speed, it needs simular clothes to spin smoothly, yet we toss everything in the machine at once... got to get it done, everyone is rush rush, think back to your childhood, when your mom grouped her clothes, she took pride in making them clean... now get it's get it done, and blame the machine when theres a problem.
I'm not saying the people who make the machines are perfect they make plenty of mistakes at our expence, and that also is a "lack of pride" issue.
The point I'm trying to make is people as a whole need to slow down and take time to do it right, I feel the manufacturers need better quality control, they make them cheep to save money... its all about the money
I also believe the chemical companies are quilty in the problem. They crank up the strengh on the soaps, and never tell you to use less. Its all about the money the power companies also have a stake in your machine failures, the power grid in the US is under-rated and week, causing voltage spikes and drops, computers cant tolerate this, but you dont see them upgrading our power system... that too is all about the money!
"Back to basics" it what america needs form its people to its manufactures.
ponder this... how dirty are you??? next you put soap in the machine ask, how dirty am I?