You have all seen the advertisements “ any size load , any size machine “
Vancouver has the softest water in the country at 3.0 mg/L, we're a fraction of the 123 mg/L national average of the largest Canadian cities and most U.S. cities as well.
If you live in an area with soft water or have the ability to greatly soften your water … the ” Pods “ are not for you . They are front load washer killers.
I give you three examples , in every case “pods “ were the only detergent found in the laundry room.
Whirlpool Duet ; Compliant, load noise when in spin . Unit is 15 months old and had a 12 month warranty on all components . I could lifted the wash basket 1/8 “ all the way around . Told the customer it would be a $650 repair. Advised them to call Whirlpools 1-800 number and complain bitterly , logically and don't loose you cool. I thought they might get the parts covered , to my surprise Whirlpool covered th total cost of the repair under warranty.
Bosch Axxess ; Unit was dead , Unable to get into diagnostics . Changed out main control board. Found a lot of black carbon dust. Could not get the wash motor to move in diagnostics. Changed out wash motor . Luckily both parts were covered under Bosch's five year warranty . Only Labor charges applied.
Full size L G washer ; Making strange sounds ! When tested under a normal wash , motor would turn one direction then stop , but the basket would keep turning and a wheer sound was heard . Would turn the other way and again the wheer after the motor stopped.. Found the plastic spline on the rotor striped out. Part was covered under L G 's 10 year warranty on direct drive motors. The upgraded replacement part had a metal spline.
This is the sheet I give to most of my costumer with over soaping issues .
The use of detergent in Greater Vancouver's soft water
All detergent are formulated to work all across North America. If you lived in Calgary you would use the recommended amounts or more because of the hight mineral content found in there hard water. In Vancouver's soft water the recommended amounts are TOO MUCH for your dishwasher and front load washers.
Dishwashers; I see a growing number of costumers using prepackaged tabs and gel packs. Often they are samples included with new dishwashers. Even thought they are very convenient, they contain FOUR TIMES more detergent then you need, and cause poor wash ability and poor draining.
I do not recommend the use of dishwasher liquids as they tend to foam up easily and again cause poor wash ability and draining. Bosch and other European manufacturers do not recommend the use of liquid detergents in their dishwashers. They tend to use less water and foam up more easily.
I recommend 1 tsp of powder. Thats ONE TEASPOON of Cascade, Crysttal or other name brand granulated detergent. DO NOT follow the recommended amounts as the label will tell you to fill both detergent cups full ! Remember they are selling detergent !!
Tabs , Gelcaps and liquids all create suds in Vancouver's soft water. Wash and drain pumps in dishwashers are designed to pump water not suds, resulting in poor wash ability and poor draining. This often causes a foul odor due to detergent and food stuffs being left behind in the sump of the dishwasher.
To clean and deodorizer your dishwasher you can use “Affresh” for dishwashers or “Glisten”. The active ingredient in these is citric acid. Citric acid is also the main ingredient in Country time lemonade drink mix powder. Throwing a ¼ cup in to the tub of an empty dishwasher and running a normal cycle will clean out the sump and leaves your dishwasher smelling of lemons
Frontload Washers; Must use “H.E.” high efficiency detergent One lady who did not believe in using “H.E.” detergent had to have her rear tub and wash basket replaced after only three years of uses. Even though the parts were covered under warranty it cost her over$300 in labor to have me rebuild her washer. DO NOT USE the new prepackaged laundry detergent “PODS”!!! If you see ANY SUDS in your front load washer you are using TOO MUCH detergent. “H.E.” detergent is extremely low sudsing.
Here again I suggest using ¼ of the recommended amounts of detergent or 1 Tsp. Thats ONE TABLESPOON of liquid “H.E.” detergent. Unless you have heavily soiled laundry this is all you need. Some “smart” washers will go into a suds lock. The washer will drain, fill, tumble, drain, fill, tumble until it get rid of excess detergent and suds. This will cause extra long wash times. In the case of dumb washers or smart one not watched closely the excess suds will wash the grease out of the bearing supporting the wash basket. With no lubrication the bearing fails and being part of the rear tub assembly it would have to be replaced along with the wash basket.
To clean and deodorize front load washers use “Affresh” for front load washers as recommended or in the case of some older models 2/3 of a cup of bleach in a hot wash.
Users of top load washer will also get excellent results using ¼ of the recommended amounts of detergent. Because of there design they will cope better with the over uses of detergent but why use more then you need.
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As it turns out the owner of the L G unit was a local news caster. Jody Vance .
She said she would mention my name the next morning on Breakfast Television ,Vancouver.
Got a buddy to tape it.
Me thinks Jody love me long time. ;-)