Problems with Front Loading Washers

Puja Lalwani Sep 30, 2018
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As convenient as they may be, there are several problems with front loading washers that you should be aware of, before you invest in them. Here is a discussion on some of such problems.
Washing machines have provided a lot of convenience to those who simply don't have the time (or the inclination) to wash their clothes. Just the ability to have a huge load of clothes washed and partially dried in a washing machine makes it a boon for working moms or those who live alone.
With all the convenience that washing machines provide, there are also certain problems associated with it. Everything cannot be problem-free, and so let's discuss problems related to front loading washers in particular.

Common Problems

In spite of the convenience that these washing machines provide, there are a lot of problems associated with them that occur less frequently in their top loading counterparts. These problems have been enlisted here.
● One of the biggest inconveniences with front loading washers is the need to bend low to load the clothes in the washer. While the other functions of a front load washer may make it convenient, this is one of the issues that a lot of people do not appreciate.
● Front loading washers are made with different technology, and require the use of high efficiency (HE) detergents. If you try to use a regular detergent, then you are likely to develop a mold and mildew problem in the washing machine.
● Due to the aforementioned points, mold problems are the biggest complaints received from consumers. Front loaders use lesser water while functioning, means any remaining detergent in the machine is not easily washed out. This leads to mold problem (recognized by the odor that it gives out) that can cause a lot of health issues after the clothes are worn.
● Such machines are also known to be loud, and generate a lot of vibrations. Some machines have been known to move away from their original places because the vibrations were so powerful. This may prove dangerous in many cases.
● These machines are also more expensive than the traditional top loaders.
● Front loading washers can also prove dangerous to kids because of the easy access to its internal tub.

Mold Problems

While a lot of these problems cannot be addressed by yourself, the mold problem is something you can prevent by cleaning the washing machine thoroughly. Here are some tips to do so.
● The first thing to do to prevent mold, is to clean the gasket thoroughly on a regular basis, so that the detergent is cleared out of the washing machine. To clean a washing machine, use a solution of water and bleach or white vinegar.
● Once you have cleaned the gasket, ensure that you allow it to dry well by leaving the door of the machine open. Further, even after a clothing cycle has been completed in the machine, leave the door open so that it dries. The door should be kept open for at least an hour.
● When you load the washing machine, try to use cold water for the last rinse as this will prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
● It is possible that because of mold development in the washing machine, you may have a smell in the washing machine, and this will make your clothes smell like that. As such, using white vinegar in the rinse cycle will not only get rid of the odor, but it will also help clear the mold problem in the washing machine.
Understanding the problems with front loading washers help you analyze whether you really want to invest in one, or if you already own it, find ways of dealing with such problems.
It is always a good idea to speak to someone who has used a washer, or the dealer before purchasing it. As they will be in a better position to tell you about the good washing machines and recommend one with minimal problems.