Electrolux Laundry Up to $400 Instant Rebate

Electrolux Front Load Washers and Dryers

Now through May 9, 2011 Electrolux Appliances is offering customers an instant rebate of up to $400 with purchase of select Front Load Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers. Steam Washers and Steam Dryers with IQ Touch or Wave Touch controls can be combined for instant savings of up to $400 when you purchase the pair. For more information on this promotion please visit our online appliance store or any of our 6 NJ appliance store locations.

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Cleaning Your Front Load Washer

Cleaning a Front Load Washer

Just purchased a new front load washing machine? Of course, you want to keep it as clean and fresh as your clothing you are putting in it. We recommend that you clean a front load washing machine on a monthly basis using these procedures.

Front load washers are a huge improvement over top load machines. They have better cleaning performance, are gentler on clothing, have larger capacities, and use less water and energy. However, a common complaint is that the washer develops an odor over time. This can be easily solved with regular preventive measures and cleaning.

As a preventive measure, leave the washer door slightly open following use. Also, it is a good idea to use a dry cloth to dry the rubber door gasket after each use. These simple steps may lengthen the time between cleaning intervals.

First, check your user guide or manual that was included with your machine before attempting any of the following procedures. We recommend you follow manufacturer cleaning instructions – ignoring their suggestions may void your warranty.

Cleaning the Interior Wash Tub:

Many newer front loading machines have specially designed cleaning cycles. If yours does, follow the steps described in the manual that was included with your machine, if not we recommend that you follow the following simple steps.

First, only clean an entirely empty washing machine being sure to remove any and all clothing. Never add laundry detergent for this process.

Open the washer door and pour one cup of liquid bleach into the basket. Close the door and select the normal wash cycle. If you machine has an extra rinse option select this too. Run the cycle as soon as possible after adding the bleach. Note that some manufacturers recommend not adding bleach directly into the tub but instead filling the detergent compartment instead. Check you manual for manufacturer recommendations.

Start the wash cycle and without interruption allow the cycle to fully complete. Once complete, run the cycle again with no bleach or detergent to completely rinse the tub. Repeat the rinsing cycle as needed.

Note that after this procedure your machine may have a slight bleach odor. This is normal. Also, it is recommended that you run a light color load after this cleaning procedure.

For especially foul odors in washers repeat the cleaning process with the bleach and/or also fill the bleach dispenser to the fill line. This will add a second dose of bleach to ensure odors and bacteria are stopped in their tracks.

Cleaning the Door Gasket:

Open the washer door and remove all clothing from the wash tub. Also, inspect the inside of the gasket making sure there are no small items of clothing stuck inside. If there are, remove these as well.

Wearing rubber gloves, mix a solution of ¾ cup liquid bleach to 1 gallon of water. Using a cloth damp with this solution, carefully and fully wipe down the entire gasket. Let stand for 5 minutes and rinse well with cold water.

Cleaning the Dispenser:

Detergent and fabric softener can build up in the dispenser of a front load washer. When this happens the following procedures may be followed.

Remove the dispenser using care to avoid breakage. Machines may differ on how this is done, so check owner’s manual for guidance on your particular machine. Most have some sort of tab that will need to depress to unlock the dispenser. If the dispenser is made of multiple components, disassemble again using care so as not to cause any damage.

Wash thoroughly and completely using hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse with cold water and dry.

To clean the drawer opening use a small brush, such as an old toothbrush, to remove all residue.

Reinstall clean dispenser.

Cleaning Clothes Dryer Venting – Simple Ways to Improve the Efficiency of your Dryer

Cleaning Clothes dryer Venting

Proper installation and maintenance is essential for home appliances including gas and electric clothes dryers. Following the following simple installation guidelines and recommend maintenance procedures will have a positive impact on performance, longevity, and energy efficiency.

General Installation Guidelines:

It is imperative that clothes dryers are installed correctly. Improper installation could harm the dryer and may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Ensure the dryer is level. This will ensure that clothing inside the dryer is tumbling properly which is an essential part of drying clothing. Also, leveling a dryer will allow the clothing to make contact with the moisture sensor when using auto dry cycles.

Always use dryers in a heated location within your home. Using a dryer in an unheated part of the home can cause the dryer to condense or sweat especially in the cooler months.

Do not block the front of the dryer while in use. Dryers draw air at the door in the front of the unit and blocking airflow may adversely affect drying results and machine longevity.

Consult the instruction manual and installation instructions included with the appliance to be sure that proper ducting is installed. Recommendations to review include number of elbows in duct run, length of duct run, and materials to be used.

Venting from dryer to hard ductwork should be metal only. Plastic flexible duct is not recommended. Flexible metal is acceptable but semi-rigid metal venting is preferred. Semi-rigid ductwork allows for the best airflow which allows the dryer to rid itself of excess heat and humidity. Restricted airflow may cause heat and humidity build up in the drum causing the dryer to be hot to the touch, sweat, artificially increase drying times, and greater wear of clothing.

For best operation, use a high quality wall cap on the outside of the home four inches in diameter. Also, louvered grills are recommended to prevent entrance from outside air, debris, and animals.

Always make sure that you are using the proper heat setting for the clothing fabrics in the machine. This will ensure proper drying and the least amount of damage to clothing fibers.

Periodic Dryer maintenance:

Clean the filter before EVERY use. A clean filter provides better airflow, efficiency, and performance. Seriously neglected filters could pose a fire hazard.

Inspect and clean exhaust ducting at least once per year to prevent clogging or otherwise restricted air flow. Even a partially clogged duct can hinder performance and energy consumption.

Check outside wall cap for obstructions including excessive build up of lint. Make sure that the air flow is not being blocked by ice, snow, or brush.

Conclusion

– Today’s gas and electric dryers hold more clothing than ever, use less energy, and are extremely reliable. Following the about guidelines should ensure excellent drying results, greater product satisfaction, and greater longevity.

High Efficiency Top Load Washing Machines – Features and Benefits

High Efficiency Top Load Washer

The large appliance industry has changed in many ways over the past decades. Many new products have been introduced, new brands have come to the United States from overseas, home improvement chains began to carry appliances, and energy efficiency has become a major focus. When it comes to energy efficiency, no product category has been more impacted than laundry appliances, namely horizontal access washers.

Consumer demand for front load washers has been drastically increasing due to the additional capacities, energy efficiency, and improved clothes care these machines offer. As with any newer technology, the growth in this category has not come without disappointed customers. Some of the complaints include too much bending to access the wash and dry tubs and foul odors developing in the washer.

These challenges are only two reasons that the high efficiency top load washing machine has entered the market. The purpose of these machines is to offer the benefits or front load laundry machines while keeping all the benefits of the traditional top load washer. Some studies suggest that American consumers overwhelmingly prefer the top load washer format.

The high efficiency top load washers have a number of benefits including large capacities, superb energy efficiency, and superior wash systems.

Capacities in these machines are available in sizes up to 5.2 cubic feet! To put this into perspective, this is larger than any front load washer and is up to 75% larger than super capacity washers of 10 years ago.

The benefits to larger capacity are simple. The bigger the tub the fewer amount of loads of laundry you will need to complete. Less loads means more time for you and your family as well as less energy and water usage. The Whirlpool appliance company does a terrific job putting this into real world numbers when discussing their Cabrio line of high efficiency top load washers. Cabrio washers can fit 3 laundry baskets of clothing into a single load. Each extra load saved equates to one extra hour of chores.

Efficiency in these machines is every bit as good as front load washers. High efficiency machines uses up to 70% less water and 68% less energy. Whirlpool claims that their line of Cabrio washing machines saves up to 28 gallons of water per load! Add this to the 68% less energy usage and Whirlpool suggests that an average home can save up to $900 over a 10 year life span in utility costs – enough to nearly pay for the Cabrio washer dryer pair! This is achieved by earning the highest level of energy efficiency from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency – Tier III!

High-efficiency top load washers use superior cleaning systems as well. These systems provide better cleaning results and less wear and tear on clothing. For example, Whirlpool’s Direct Inject Cleaning System showers the loads with a concentrated solution of water and detergent that eliminates the need to pre-treat stains and their 6th Sense Technology measures the load weight and size and automatically calculates the optimal wash action to achieve the best cleaning results.

In conclusion, there are many manufactures of high efficiency top load washers including Whirlpool Cabrio, Maytag Bravos, LG, GE, and Fisher Paykel. Many of these machines can be purchased at lower than ever price points and can make a real difference in peoples’ lives by saving time, money, water, and energy.

Whirlpool and Maytag Front Load and Top Load Washers are Top Rated

Whirlpool Vantage WTW7990X

A leading “Consumer Magazine” has published a report about the best washing machines in the top load and front load categories. Whirlpool and Maytag both held top honors. The tests took into consideration performance, capacity, energy efficiency and cost. In both front load and top load washer categories, Whirlpool was rated #1 with Maytag close behind.

The top ranked Top Loading Washing Machine was Whirlpool Vantage model WTW7990X. Several of the Whirlpool Cabrio and Maytag Bravos washers also made the best of top load washer list. For the front load category the Whirlpool Duet model WFW94HEX was rated best front loading washing machine. Several other Whirlpool Duet models as well as Maytag Maxima series washers made the list. The reports are in Whirlpool and Maytag laundry have come out on top. These washers are a great value and their performance and reliability can’t be beat.

Front Load Washers – What Makes them Better?

One question we repeatedly hear from customers is “What makes a front load washer better than a top load washer and why would I want to spend the extra money on one?” While front load washers may not be for everyone, most consumers and the environment will benefit from purchasing a horizontal access washer.

Front load washing machines offer a number of significant improvements:

Capacity. Capacities average 4.0 Cu. Ft. and go all the way to 4.7 Cu. Ft. These large capacity tubs are 25-30 percent larger than the average top load washer and fit king size comforters! Imagine eliminating trips to the Laundromat for those large items and reducing loads of laundry by 25%. Most customers are amazed by the cost and time savings these capacities afford. Spend time with your family not your laundry appliances!

Clothes Care. By design, the cleaning action of a front load clothes washer is gentler on clothing than traditional top load washing machines. Customers find that clothing looks newer and lasts longer when washed in a front load machine. This is a tremendous benefit – most people do not realize how much they spend on clothing – as the average load of clothes often costs more than the washer that is cleaning them!

Superior Cleaning Action. Movement through water and the chemical action of detergents clean clothes. Front-Load washers move clothing in and out of the water more often per cycle compared to top loading machines. The result is simple – improved stain removal.

Conservation. Most, if not all, front loaders are Energy Star rated. They earn because they use about half the amount of electricity and up to a third the amount of water. The reduction of electricity and water usage not only helps the environment but some estimates show that the clothes washer can pay for itself over its lifespan with reduced utility bills.

Bottom Line: A front load washer may be a great way for you to save time, money, and the environment. The additional up-front expense may even be recuperated in water and energy costs, cleaner and longer lasting clothing, and time savings.

Maytag Front Load Washing Machine

Using Steam in Appliances – Part 2: Steam Dryers

You may be asking yourself isn’t steam just water that is heated up? How is this going to help dry my clothes? Steam in clothes dryers is not necessarily designed to actually dry your clothes but it does have its advantages.

Even though steam is a natural byproduct of applying heat to wet clothes, dryers that add steam during the right part of a cycle can give you a number of benefits. Steam penetrates the fabrics of your clothing deeply to soften the fabric and reduce wrinkling. Steam can also sanitize clothing, eliminating allergens and bad smells.

Steam dryers can also offer you benefits for clothes that are already dry. If you have a shirt that is wrinkled or has an odor, some dryers offer a Steam Refresh cycle that can eliminate the wrinkles or odor without any water or detergent. The steam can also be useful if you are not around to take your clothes out of the dryer right away. If the clothing cools it can tend to harden and wrinkle. If you run a quick steam cycle, the clothing will soften back up and be wrinkle free.

Maytag Bravos Steam Dryer

One thing to consider when purchasing a steam dryer is how the dryer applies the steam. Some models have a true steam generator that pumps pure steam into the dryer while other models release a mist of water that heats up and turns to steam. While both methods are effective, a steam generator will do a better job. Another thing to consider is whether the water for the steam comes from a reservoir that you have to fill up or if the dryer has a direct water connection like a washer would. While both ways are effective, a direct connection saves you the hassle of constantly having to fill the water reservoir.

Steam dryers are a new convenience that is becoming more popular every day. They operate on the same principles people have been using forever such as hanging a wrinkled shirt in the bathroom while you take a steamy shower to eliminate wrinkles. With the prices and availability becoming better everyday, the steam dryer is becoming a realistic luxury for many households. For information on the complete line of steam appliances please visit Karl’s Appliance