Front Loader Washers & Vacuum Cleaners with Angie’s List- Monday, March 23, 2015
Smelly odor and slimy smelling black bacteria called biofilm are some complaints consumers have been noticing. Law suits are pending against many washing machine manufacturers. The customer service representatives that are called usually blame the consumer for the washing machine having these issues, and that the consumer simply isn’t taking care of cleaning their washer.
You can clean the washing machine with a cup of bleach and use a disinfecting wipe to clean out the inside. Not everyone who has the front loader washing machine has a problem, but if you are experiencing the issue, you can use white vinegar as another remedy.
Angie, from Angie’s List, tells us about how to get the most out of our vacuums. The beater bar in the front of the vacuum is not good for hardwood floors or gentle fabric on rugs. If your vacuum comes with attachments, make sure you use them.
Consumers need to understand how to use their vacuum to its fullest potential. There is an upholstery attachment which works well when vacuuming couches or stairs. The edge attachment is for the edges of carpets and hard floors. For hardwood flooring, use the hard floor attachment because the beater brush can wear out the floors and the finish over a long period of time.
Remember to empty canisters and bags, and replace filters when needed. After years of use, your vacuum may need repair. Repairing the vacuum instead of replacing it with a new one will save you hundreds of dollars.
Wondering which type of vacuum is better: Bag or Bagless?
Experts say a bag vacuum is better because it helps protect the motor. As long as you change the bag and filter so that the motor doesn’t burn, you will have a long lasting vacuum. With a bag vacuum, you change the bag every 2 months or so, but with a bagless vacuum, the canister has to be emptied each use. A bag vacuum is more cost effective in the long run. Angie says your vacuum should last 10-20 years.
Vacuum Repair Signs:
- Isn’t picking up dirt? Check the bag.
- Is the bag compartment dirty? Change the bag.
- Still doesn’t work? Call for repair.
- Beater bar isn’t moving? Could be a broken or damaged belt. You can DIY and buy a new belt using an owner’s manual to see what type you need.
- Smell something burning? Possible motor issue, so call for repair.
- Loses power? Check for clogs.
- Always be sure the knob or switch properly set for carpet or floor.