Balancing Your Washer and Dryer

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Are your Washer and Dryer properly balanced?

Washers and Dryers are supposed to be quiet enough that you can have a conversation in the adjoining room without shouting or missing a word. Can you?

If your washer or dryer is making loud noises, don’t ignore it, something is unbalanced and needs your attention. Fortunately, most imbalances are small things that can be easily fixed, but leaving them alone for too long can lead to internal damages and high repair costs. Often, balancing your machines can be as simple as making sure they aren’t wedged against a wall, propped up on some debris or the feet haven’t been adjusted to the correct height. Checking these problems can save your machines and your ears! If that isn’t the problem it could be the load you’re washing or drying…

Balancing loads of laundry is much more important than you think.

Balancing a laundry load in washer or dryer isn’t the first thing we think about when we start piling the laundry in. Typically, the thought process is to just get the laundry done so we won’t have to worry about it until next week. However, if a load of laundry is too large or not evenly distributed inside the drum, the appliance can start to wobble, shake, bang and rock until one of the many precise mechanical parts breaks or comes out of alignment.

Here are 3 easy tips you can do to make sure you don’t run into any problems:

  1. Check the level. If a washing machine isn’t leveled, it will rock during the washing cycle and can crack it. Make sure your washing/drying machines are well leveled and not rocking during cycles.
  2. Check the amount. It’s sometimes shocking with how much washing machines can handle, but it’s important to keep in mind that there is also a limit. Check your washing machine settings before each load to make sure it’s appropriate for the load capacity.
  3. Check the distribution. If you’re using a top loader with an agitator, be sure there isn’t a large pile on one side and a little pile on the other. Even distribution can ensure that everything will run smoothly during the spin cycles.

If you already do those quick tips and are experiencing some issues with your washer or dryer then give Sarah’s Appliance Repair a call to come help you out!

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