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Choosing the right sized washing machine for your family

choosing the right size washing machine

A washing machine too small for your family means weekends full of washing!

Washing machines come in a range of shapes and sizes. Choosing the right size washing machine for your family will save you time, effort and money!

Washing machine sizes are generally measured in kilograms.

This isn’t the weight of the washing machine, but the load that the machine can efficiently and comfortably clean. It is important to note that this weight is the dry weight of the load.

A guideline for laundry weight:

  • 1kg = 5 shirts
  • 1kg = 2 bath towels and a pair of jeans

By this math a 6kg washing machine should be able to wash 12 bath towels, or 30 shirts!

If you have a large family and get through lots of towels each week or wear bulky clothes for work such as tradie shirts and pants, a larger washing machine may make your life easier.

Never overload your washing machine. Not only is this bad for the machine itself, it also won’t wash your clothes effectively. If you are finding your clothes are still soiled at the end of a cycle it may be time to upsize.

However if you have a small household and only do one load of washing a week you may be able to get away with a smaller machine.

Naturally, a machine with a larger load capacity will be bigger than a smaller one. If you are looking for a bigger machine, as well as the capacity, check the actual dimensions to make sure it fits into the space you are planning on it living!

 

Tips to extend the life of your appliances

All appliances will last a little longer with some TLC.

Well looked after appliances means less repair, lower energy usage and ultimately last longer.

All of this means serious savings for you on avoidable appliance repairs and replacements!

Top tips to look after your appliances

Fridge

The fridge seal is a major component in keeping your fridge working effectively. The plastic seal should be wiped clean often to remove any grease or grime so that the seal is kept airtight.

Cleaning the coils is also a top tip to keep your fridge working well. Remove the kick plate and use a vacuum to remove any dust.

Washing machine

The top tip for washing machines is – load them correctly!

If overloaded clothes can’t move freely it means the machine has to work harder to move them around, putting unnecessary pressure on the motor, transmission, belts and all mechanical parts.

If the machine is under loaded it can lead to unbalanced cycles that can also have a harsh affect on mechanics.

Be sure to clean lint filters and any vents regularly.

Dishwasher

Like washing machines, dishwashers are designed to clean things. This doesn’t mean they don’t need cleaning themselves! Regularly scrub the inside of your dishwasher and wipe over the seals to keep them working effectively. Run your dishwasher on a hot empty load every known and again to kill any bacteria and keep the pipes and hoses clean.

Our appliances do so much for us every day; the least we can do is look after them every known and again! If you find your appliances aren’t working as efficiently as they should or have carked it completely, Bayside Appliance Repairs can help!

How often should I be cleaning my washing machine?

cleaning washing machines

Yes, you do need to clean your washing machine!

It’s responsible for keeping all of your clothes clean, so it definitely needs some TLC of it’s own to be able to get that job done!

Dirt from laundry and detergent can build up as well as mould and mildew growing in the nooks and crannies. This can can clog the inside of your washing machines parts such as its pipes and inner mechanisms and cause them not to work effectively.

Combine this with the hot and humid environment of the washing machine and you have a breeding ground for bacteria!

As a general rule, you should clean both the inside and outside of your washing machine at least monthly, however giving it a weekly spruce certainly won’t hurt and will make the monthly clean quicker!

How to clean your washing machine

Weekly

Every time you use your washing machine, keep the lid or door open to allow the drum to fully dry. Remove any lint or build up inside the drum as you empty each load.

Monthly

Once a month you should run an empty load with hot water and a cup of white vinegar to sanitize the drum and kill any germs. Add some bi-carb to give it a deep clean. If your machine is particularly dirty or you haven’t cleaned it for a while, or EVER! Pause the wash once it’s swished around a few times and let the machine soak for 1-2 hours before continuing. Repeat if necessary.

Protecting your clothes and your health means keeping your washing machine clean

So yes, it may be another chore – but add cleaning your washing machine to your to-do list!

 

Do you have a noisy washing machine?

noisy washing machine

Washing isn’t the most pleasant of chores at the best of time however if you have a noisy washing machine it can sound like it is about to explode.

This can make the task of doing the laundry even more unenjoyable, especially if you have to endure the noise load after load!

Reasons your washing machine could be noisy:

  • Wonky feet. The feet of your washing machine should be level and firmly sitting on the floor. If they are wonky, the nuts may need tightening. This simple fix could rectify a heap of problems that could be contributing to the noise of your washing machine due to being unbalanced.
  • Unbalanced loads. Clunk clunk clunk – sound familiar? Heavy items such as towels or bedding can cause problems if washed alone. They can tend to stick to one side of the drum as they absorb water, which makes the load unbalanced, and the spin very loud and clunky. Try to wash heavy items together so that the drum is balanced out.
  • An unidentified item. If something has come loose in your washer, such as a buckle or a button, it could be banging around in the drum and making a racket. Be sure to check pockets before washing and also the drum at the end of a cycle to see if anything has come loose.
  • Faulty parts. Your washing machine has many parts; belts, pulleys, pumps, motors, bearings. Over time these parts can be subjected to wear and tear from everyday use. If any part of the machine is faulty it can make for an extremely noisy spin cycle and it likely won’t be long until the machine fails.

Try running the machine on an empty cycle to see if the noise is due to the machine itself or possibly a specific laundry load (such as heavy items). Try to take note of which part of the cycle the noise occurs as this may help a professional determine what the issue is later.

If there isn’t anything noticeably wrong but your washing machine is making a racket it’s time to call a professional such as Bayside Appliance Repairs.

It could be that a complicated part needs replacing or something as simple as a screw that needs tightening!

 

Buying a new refrigerator? 5 things to consider

buying a new fridge

The fridge is one of the most used household appliances, and one of the most loved – keeping all of your favourite food fresh!

When you need a new fridge, there are some things to think about. A fridge is an investment that should last you for many years to come.

5 things to consider before purchasing your new refrigerator

  1. Fridge capacity. What size fridge do you need? This is the most important question! Your fridge size should be relative with your household size. A fridge that is packed with food won’t work effectively and a fridge that is understocked will use excess energy.
  2. Energy rating. Your fridge is on for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. How energy efficient it is, is important to the environment and your bank account! Look for 5 star energy efficiency rated fridges to keep your power usage as efficient as possible.
  3. Who is using the fridge. Fridge freezers come in various formations, French door, top mount, bottom mount. If anyone in the house suffers from back pain then bending down to open a drawer may not be suitable and a French door option might make more sense.
  4. The fridge space. Make sure you measure the space your fridge is going to go, height and depth. There is nothing worse than ordering a new fridge to find it won’t fit. Be mindful of space to open the doors too and which way they open.
  5. The finish of your fridge. Stainless steel, classic white, a bright colour or black? The finish of your fridge should suit the décor (and future décor) of your kitchen and home. A stainless steel fridge is timeless and will suit most kitchens, whereas a bright coloured fridge may not suit future renovations.

Once you have decided on the basics, it’s time to go shopping! With so much choice, you are bound to find a fridge that ticks all the boxes for your household.

 

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