Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Why You Shouldn’t Overload Your Washing Machine

There are plenty of occasions when dirty laundry can build up and the logical solution would seem to toss as much into your washing machine as possible. However, that method is counterproductive and could create more problems than you may expect. Pushing the limits will likely result in a need for washer repairs as well as other problems. Here we discuss the most common of these clothes washer issues.

Additional strain
Overloading a washing machine causes an additional strain to its major components. The strain is a result of packing too many clothes into the drum. What happens is the size of the load will force the machine to work harder than usual. That can lead to a decreased lifespan and an increased need for repair. This could also cause a significant amount of strain on the washing machine bearings. That could eventually lead to an appliance shutdown.

Poor washing
Washing machines function by tossing clothes around and allowing enough room for detergent and water to penetrate the clothes. When clothes are packed into a washer, it will result in an uneven wash. Some clothes may get cleaned, but others will not reap the benefits of a wash cycle. Loading a washer with too many clothes will also force you to load up on more detergent as a regular dosage will not be enough to clean the extra clothes. The more detergent you use, the more residue could build up on your clothes.

Leaking
When too heavy of a load is inserted into the washer, it will actually leak out of the front part of the appliance. Leaks in other parts of the washers are typically the product of another issue. Overloaded washers leak because of the load imbalance and the simple act of reducing the load will usually solve the problem.

Drainage problems
Putting too many clothes in your washer can actually create drainage problems. This is caused by smaller garments becoming lodged in the drainage line. It should be noted that this can happen with small garments from time to time, but sizeable loads increase the chances of this occurring.

Damage to clothes
Fabrics are prone to tearing in an oversized load. This can be caused by accessories latching on to clothes and causing a tear. Things like zippers and buttons may not seem problematic, but when they are wedged between clothes, they could wind up doing their share of damage. Allowing plenty of room for your clothes to circulate in the washer is a much safer method when it comes to the integrity of your garments. 


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