Front load washer taking longer than it says it will?

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But the washer said it would be done by meow! What's taking so long...

I love my front load washer. It fits double the load of my old top load washer, cleans better and spins out more water so I don’t have to ruin my my clothes by drying them for an eternity.

It also estimates the amount of time it will take to finish the cycle, which comes in handy when deciding whether I should wait around to throw the clean clothes in the dryer or run an errand.

But what about when the washer shows the wrong time estimate? Maybe sometimes when your washing machine says it will take 40 minutes, it takes 50 minutes instead.

Your clothes washer time to complete a cycle is based on the type of laundry detergent you use, the size and type of your load, which cycle you chose and temperature and pressure of your water.

So, for instance, if you use too much detergent, it will “oversuds” and take longer to rinse out of your clothes. (Some brands will flash “Sd” or “Sud” on the indicator when this happens. To avoid, use the recommended amount of HE detergent).

If the load is unbalanced, say, due to you only washing one item or particularly a bulky item, your washer will keep trying to rebalance itself and that will add minutes to the process.

No brainer: larger loads will take longer to clean, especially on specialty cycles like delicate.

If you choose a sanitatization or white cycle, the water will need to be hot and if the incoming water is cold — well, you get the idea.

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3 Responses to “Front load washer taking longer than it says it will?”

  1. Liz Says:

    Thank you for the information! I love reading your Blogs on Facebook! You really do a great job, Julie! Cassie & I were just commenting on how her (and your) generation is so plugged into the computer, so hopefully all of the work you do will start bringing more of the younger generation into our stores, rather than them going to the “big box” stores!! We have so much more to offer, and at such great prices, it’s surprising they aren’t all flocking in already! Great job, Julie!` Keep up the good work!

  2. Doug Johnson Says:

    Social media and the new generation of hi-efficiency laundry kinda go together. I’ve seen a lot of FB walls with picts of new HE washers and dryers. Cool technology, cleaner clothes, cheaper to operate, easier to use…more time to FB and Tweet! Customers become advocates for the technology not to mention a positive shopping experience!

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