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Get the right washing machine the proper way

Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING. Whenever you buy a major appliance, you want to be sure you get the most for your money. Here are some things to look
11 Oct 2010 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING. Whenever you
buy a major
appliance, you
want to be sure you get the
most for your money. Here
are some things to look for
when purchasing a washing
machine.
Instructions
1. Consider how
much noise the washing
machine makes and where
in your home it will be
located.
2. Measure the space
where you plan to install
your new appliance. If
you’re off by even an inch or
two, it can make a huge
difference.
3. Look to consumer
magazines or Web sites for
repair histories of
particular brands. Your
$300 to $600 investment
should last you at least 20
years.
4. Shop for a washer
in which the controls are
easy to read and use. The
touch-pad types are a little
more expensive and not
necessarily better.
5. Make sure the lint
trap is easy to reach and
clean.
6. Look at the
insides carefully:
Porcelain coating on the
top surface is best.
However, for the drum,
stainless steel or plastic is
preferable because a drum
made from these materials
won’t scratch like a
painted one will, or chip
and then rust like
porcelain coating.
7. Save water and
electricity with a frontloading
model. These are
also more gentle on clothes
because they don’t use an
agitator. They also are
typically quieter than toploaders,
and fit in smaller
spaces. They require
special detergent, however.
8. Think about
capacity – each brand has a
different definition of
high-capacity. Clothes are
measured in pounds; you
may want to weigh an
average load before going
shopping to make sure
your new washer can
handle your washing
habits. Front-loading
models only hold about 8
pounds.
9. Look for extras
such as bleach-, detergentand
fabric softenerdispensers,
a hand-wash
cycle, and automatic
temperature controls.
10. Compare prices
from department and
appliance stores with those
found on the Web.
11. Be sure to get a
good warranty.
Tips & Warnings
l Some utility
companies offer a rebate
for people who buy a
washing machine with the
“Energy Star”
certification. Check with
your salesperson and
utility company for more
details.
l Self-leveling rear
legs will keep your washer
from rocking and walking
if you have an unbalanced
load.
Source: www.ehow.com



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