Is your washing machine over 10 years old? If it is, you should be in the market for a new appliance. While our expert technicians are most often repairing older models, they know washers inside and out, and they want to share with you the features that you should look out for in a new washing machine. You might be a novice at buying washing machines or you might just be a veteran, but anyone can stand to benefit from keeping in mind these simple tips the next time you seek to replace your old, tired machine.
Before you start looking at brands and prices, it’s best to think of even more basic considerations. The new washing machine you buy should be able to last for another 10 years, so it will have to be able to handle every load you fill it with. To get the most out of your money, you should be purchasing a new appliance that has the size and settings for the types of loads that you’ll be washing. Every machine has a basic washing cycle that’s suitable for cotton materials, but they don’t all come with special settings for rare textiles. If you expect to be washing delicate knits, hand wash only items, or sport wear that requires soaking, you need to make sure the washing machine you choose is up for the job.
You’ll next want to consider performance and efficiency. Washers that have been awarded an Energy Star are in your best interest to buy. On average, these machines will use 40% less water and 25% less energy than those washers that don’t have this designation. This is because their tub capacity is greater, allowing you to wash more in fewer loads filled with less water. They have also been designed to utilize the water in wash and spin cycles differently, to maximize its effects. On average, this translates to over 11,000 litres of water saved each year. Coupled with its ability to perform with less energy, you’ll be saving money on your utility bills each month.
There are plenty of makes and models that can offer you these savings with the settings that you need, so you won’t be wanting for options. As we have suggested in the past, you should stick with the brands that are common, household names, like Kenmore and LG. In fact, LG was awarded the title Best Washing Machine of the Year in 2015, with Kenmore placing a close second behind it. Choosing a model by either of these companies will guarantee long-lasting quality; however, should something eventually go awry with your new machine, these brands are much easier to find parts for and repair than those appliances manufactured overseas. Our team of expert repair technicians will make short work of any machine, but more importantly, you won’t be paying extra for parts when you stick with North American brands.
Despite a washing machine having an average lifespan of 10 years, your washer will only make it that far with some TLC. When you make the decision to replace your old model, be sure to keep in mind warranties, maintenance plans, and the number of your local repair technician. Join our circle to keep in touch with us so that we’re only a click away when you need expert advice, maintenance tips, or an emergency repair. Our team of professionals are available 24/7 so we can better help you should your brand new (or decrepit) washer break down. Regardless of the age or make, we can get it back to washing again in no time.