2. How long should my appliance last for? When should I get a new one?
3. Why does my Front-Load washer smell like mildew? Can the smell be gotten rid of?
4. Why does my dryer take so long to dry clothes?
5. I lost my user manual, can I get another one?
6. My appliance has alot of scratches on it, how can I get rid of them?
7. What does error code F-whatever mean?
Question 1: My washing machine makes a squeaking noise, whats wrong?
Answer 1: Most squeaking type noises are caused by a faulty belt. A squeaking noise along with a burning rubber smell will almost always be from bad belts.
Question 2: How long should my appliance last for? When should I get a new one?
Answer 2: This is a tough question. There really is no set time for exactly how long an appliance should last for. Much of it comes down to the user or users. As long as an appliance isn't abused too much, you should get 5-10 good years (cost effective repairs) with the appliance. These days, most appliances will need to be serviced every 2 to 4 years. The ultimate question is whether or not it is worth fixing or getting a new one, just like a car. As long as you treat the appliance right, the appliance will treat you right.
Question 3: Why does my Front-Load washer smell like mildew? Can the smell be gotten rid of?
Answer 3: The smell comes from bacteria that builds up on the gasket around the door. To get rid of the smell try running the washer with just vinegar and warm water. To prevent this from happening (or from happening quickly), after washing a load of laundry just leave your door open a little (or alot).
Question 4: Why does my dryer take so long to dry clothes?
Answer 4: Most problems having to do with long drying cycles is a plugged or restricted dryer vent. Check your vent. Start with the connection directly to the dryer, if its filled with lint then clean it out. Then check the end of your vent (usually outside, on the side of the house), if its dirty clean it out. To prevent this from occuring make sure to clean your lint filter after every load. It doesn't hurt to clean your dryer vent every 6 months or so. Note: White vinyl/plastic vent is strongly not recommended, a vinyl or plastic vent can lead to a house fire. Not to mention its harder to clean. Use a metal or aluminum ventilation system.
Question 5: I lost my user manual, can I get another one?
Answer 5: If your looking for a downloadable and printable manual, your best bet is to check the manufacturer's website. A list of manufacturers and a link to their website can be found at the bottom of our about page. If your appliance is older or of a special type you can try websites like www.partselect.com or www.ebay.com for older or specialized models.
Question 6: My appliance has alot of scratches on it, is there any way to clean it up a little?
Answer 6: Yes, when it comes to scratches you can just paint over them. We don't suggest using regular house paints, or acrylics, or anything of that nature. Actual appliance touch-up paint can be purchased at www.partselect.com or other appliance part websites.
Question 7: What does error code F-whatever mean?
Answer 7: Error codes are generally specific to a certain make or model of appliance. If you can't locate your manual you can try looking at the manufacturers website.