Recently, a google search that consisted of “I hate my front loader” clicked on my blog to find out what I had to say about front loading washing machines. Seems a lot of people have a lot of different problems with these machines and have clicked on this blog to read my old thread on front loading machines. So, I will try to help them out with with a more detailed thread on things you may want to know…about your front loader/HE washer and dryer problems.
Here are some common problems and possible solutions that may help you out:
Mold/mildew smell – Always and I mean always – leave your washer door open when not in use. Use the bleach cleaning cycle once per month or as recommended in your instruction guide. If the mildew/mold problem persists after cleaning and constantly leaving your washer door open, you may want to consider calling for service as mold/mildew could of built up under your gasket.
Detergent/fabric softener stains on clothes – Rewash clothes on a cycle that uses more water like sheets/towels or bulky bedding. You may also want to try using a little less detergent/fabric softener or try a different brand.
Clothes are not coming clean/stains – Try adjusting the soil level up to medium heavy or heavy on your machine or use cycle that uses more water like the sheets/towels or bulky bedding cycles. You can also try Oxi-clean and/or setting the prewash in addition to your regular cycle or try using the cycle for whites.
Clothes are very wrinkled when they come out of the dryer – Front loaders/HE machines spin clothes very fast, because clothes spin so fast they come out looking rung dry, twisted, etc. Remember this is not your old fashioned top loader where you just grab your clothes and throw them in the dryer. Try shaking the clothes out before you load them in the dryer this cuts down on wrinkles dramatically. You can also try using two dryer sheets instead of one because we seem to forget that our front loaders/HE machines hold a lot more clothes than an ordinary washer and dryer does.
Holes in clothing/clothing falling apart - This can be one of three factors. Some brand new items are poorly stitched, you may have not noticed a seam/button was coming undone before you put the item in the wash or you are using a cycle that is too hard on the item you are washing. If material is thinner, worn out, you may want to use the delicate cycle instead and/or adjust your spin speed to low.
Clothes are not dry when the dryer cycle is completed – Just like your ordinary dryer, the clothes were still damp when the cycle was finished and you had to turn it back on again. Although, these machines are suppose to have sensors to adjust the drying time up or down accordingly sometimes the clothes are just not dry. You can try several alternatives: use the timed dry cycle instead, use a higher heat setting or a cycle that has a longer drying time. Also with the larger capacity dryers they are not suitable for drying one or two items sometimes, try drying larger loads for better performance.
Problem not listed here? Please leave a comment and hopefully some of the other bloggers or myself can try to help you out.