Washing Machine Tips to Save Money

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Washing Machine Tips to Save Money

Getting the laundry done is often considered as the type of task that is performed in the same way every time with a primary goal of getting the chore done as quickly as possible. Contrary to this common theme, the shortcuts and habits that are frequently part of hustling through the job can actually require more time, use more energy, and treat apparel more harshly than taking a more methodical approach.

These mistakes include:

• Trying to do 1 ½ loads (or more) with one wash cycle – When the basin of the washer is overloaded in an attempt to run one less wash cycle, a variety of things can go wrong including items that don’t get cleaned properly as well as extra stress on the washer’s motor. The result of trying to wash more clothes than the machine can handle the first time often results in the need to run two additional cycles with reduced loads.
• Using the same amount of detergent every time – Wash loads can vary widely in the amount of soil content that has to be cleaned. Using the same amount of detergent on each load can result in an unnecessarily harsh washing environment for light loads and diminished cleaning power on heavy loads. Taking a minute or two to determine the recommended amounts of detergent for specific types of wash loads can save money and prevent you from having to re-do wash loads that didn’t start out with enough detergent.
• Using the same wash cycles and temperature settings every time – Wash loads that are made up of t-shirts generally require far less water and lower temperatures than those full of heavier fabrics and oil-based stains. Adjusting cycles and settings to match the wash load typically results in efficient washes that also save time and money.
• Neglecting the dispensers – Detergent and fabric softener residues tend to thicken and clog dispensers over time, resulting in a steady decline of washing efficiency. Rinsing these dispensers out with hot water every other month can keep them flowing free and deliver great wash results every time.

Rushing through the weekly laundry cycles can actually waste time and money. By running appropriately sized wash loads, making adjustments for different types of loads, and doing some minimal maintenance you’ll be able to maximize cleaning and minimize your laundry time.

Washer Water Supply Line Maintenance

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When our East Coast Appliance Service technicians visit homes for laundry maintenance checks one of the first things they check is the washer fill hoses. When these hoses are rubber we’ll often find bubbles in the hoses. Over time these bubbles will burst and flood your laundry area. If you’re not home or don’t notice the flowing water then the damage could be catastrophic.

We recommend checking your rubber hoses every 6 months and to immediately replace them if you notice bubbles. We also recommend stainless hoses with the purchase of every washing machine because stainless water supply lines won’t develop bubbles.

You can purchase stainless steel water lines and any of our East Coast Appliance Super Stores.

Why Your Detergents Don’t Work

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Every couple of weeks we get a service call or two from customers whose dishwashers or washing machines aren’t cleaning the way they used to. In some cases the dishwasher is at fault because the drain may be partially clogged and your rinse cycle is throwing dirty water around or maybe a washer arm is broken and not spinning. However, there are times when a new product is functioning the way it’s supposed to, but the soap isn’t.

By early 2010 seventeen states had banned detergents with trisodium phosphates (TSP) claiming they pollute our water systems, create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen. In response to the bans, the detergent makers removed phosphates from all their products because it was cheaper than leaving phosphates in certain lines for the non-regulated states.

We’re not going to delve into the chemical properties of TSP, just understand that TSP, a natural element, helps the rinse cycle by lowering the surface tension of water so it can bind to dirt, grease, oil, stains and even leftover detergent during the rinse cycle.

“You know, this isn’t really a huge environmental win”, says Susan Baba with Proctor & Gamble, the maker of Cascade. P&G’s reasoning is simple, people are sometimes forced to wash dishes by hand before using their dishwasher or they run their washer twice to accomplish what they used to do in one wash. Both methods waste water and energy.

In 2009, Clive Davies, an engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency, was asked during an interview with The New York Times if we should “avoid detergents altogether”. His response was “Homemade alternatives and elbow grease will really do the job.”

In most instances, new washers and dishwashers are working exactly as the manufacturer has specified. Your detergent, on the other hand, is not.

East Coast Appliance Announces the Arrival of the New Frigidaire Top Load HE Laundry

East Coast Appliance is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Frigidaire top load HE Laundry appliances. Packed with features that deliver cleaner wash loads, extra convenience, and big energy savings, the Frigidaire High Efficiency washers arrive as a solid choice for households of all sizes. With the Top Load High Efficiency washers, Frigidaire continues to build its reputation for consistently adding innovations, upgrades, and features each time they introduce new generation of appliances.

The most recent features added to Frigidaire’s High Efficiency washers include:

  • Immersion Care – For delicates and items requiring a gentler wash cycle, Immersion Care technology eases water and detergent through clothes and offers a gentle spin cycle for a complete clean that protects the wash load.
  • WaterFall Wash Technology – This feature works in concert with Immersion Care technology to soak and distribute detergent evenly through the wash basin to ensure cleaner wash loads.
  • The Fits-More wash basin – The expanded wash basin allows for bigger wash loads to get laundry done faster.
  • Vibration controls – The new Frigidaire top load laundry appliances are equipped with vibration sensors to prevent wash loads from becoming unbalanced to provide a quiet wash cycle every time. Additionally, the SilentDesign feature runs every wash cycle on these washers with a 20% noise reduction from normal levels.
  • ENRGY STAR certification – Many of the Frigidaire High Efficiency washers are ENRGY STAR certified, with average energy savings of 33% compared to non-certified washers.

East Coast Appliance got its start in 1988 and has grown to become the largest dealer of appliances and electronics in the state of Virginia by offering highly competitive prices and legendary service to its customers. On the arrival of the new Frigidaire washing machines Rob Nicholson, president and owner of East Coast Appliance & Electronics said, “The Frigidaire line is an important part of our product mix and the new high efficiency washers are a great addition for East Coast Appliance and our customers.”

East Coast Appliance & Electronics has five locations in the state of Virginia, with 3 in Virginia Beach and one each in Chesapeake, and Newport News.

As the largest appliance and electronics dealer in the state of Virginia, East Coast Appliance & Electronics offers all the household names and major brands across all categories of appliances and electronics at every day low prices. For more information, visit http://eastcoastappliance.com/index.html

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Whirlpool Top Load Washers that are Gentle on Clothes and the Environment

The new line of Whirlpool top load washers are designed to be gentle on clothes and the environment while delivering wash loads that are cleaner than ever. Built with a new suite of upgrades and intelligent technological innovations, these washers have been engineered to offer the highest levels of convenience as well as savings of time, energy and money. While these benefits are being realized, the new Whirlpool top load washers, known as the Cabrio line, also run a gentle yet extremely efficient wash cycle.

Powered by “6th Sense” technology, savings start before the wash load is started with “Precision Dispense”, which measures the size of the wash load and then determines the best levels for water, detergent, softeners, and other washing additives. In addition to using less water, this feature also ensures that wash items are not exposed to higher levels of detergent, bleach, etc. than is necessary. To provide the cleanest wash possible, washing begins with a jet spray of water and detergent that penetrates stains early in the cycle to ensure their removal.

Additional savings are realized with Whirlpool’s H2Low system, which maximizes cleaning with lower water usage than competing washers.

The Eco Boost feature maintains water temperatures throughout the wash cycle, which saves energy and keeps wash items from being exposed to excessive water temperatures.

To remove bacteria and allergens such as bacteria, dust, pollen, etc., Whirlpool top load washers are certified by the Nation Sanitation Foundation (NSF). The certification from the NSF recognizes the fact that Whirlpool wash loads are run at hot enough temperatures for time frames that are just long enough to remove allergens, resulting wash items that are far cleaner than those done non-NSF certified washing machines.

To run Whirlpool top load washers at the quietest level possible, a suspension system has been incorporated into these machines that decreases noise from vibration, even with loads where balancing is an issue.

To maximize savings in the laundry room, these washers can be combined with Whirlpool’s Cabrio line of high efficiency dryers. According to estimates, this pairing can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the machines. For more information on Whirlpool top load washers, visit: http://eastcoastappliance.com/index.html