We all are guilty of overfilling our washing machines for various reasons. Busy schedules, overburdened with laundry, urgent need of the white sheets, we all have our excuses of filling the machine up to the brim. We believe overfilling the machine with as many clothes as possible will get our job done faster. Unfortunately, just the opposite happens.
What happens when you overfill the washing machine?
The surfactant you pour in with the clothes needs some space to flow through them. For all clothes to get washed, the detergent should disperse uniformly. However, when you overfill the washing machine, the clothes do not soak well in water, and the detergent cannot flow throughout the lot. As a result, clothes remain dirty.
Overfilling exerts immense pressure on the washer. This in turn causes the motor and container bearings to push harder to run the machine. It leads to premature failure of the machine.
The appliance drum has a limited weight that it can carry. Stuffing it with excess clothes makes the spinning movement harder, causing the spinning drum to be misaligned. The water may also leak out in spin cycles due to improper draining.
In extreme situations, your clothes might get trapped between the machine door and the drum. Once the machine starts spinning, the trapped clothes will tear off.
Here’s how expensive overfilling can be
- Overfilling exerts more than normal pressure on the machine causing its parts to damage. Even if one part is ruined, fixing it can cost you loads of money.
- Degrading the washer drum renders the machine useless. It means you have to reinvest in a new washing machine. We all know how expensive that can be.
- More clothes mean more burden on the motor. This implies your washing machine will be drawing in more electricity, soon making it an expensive affair.
- Cramming will not let the machine to clean, requiring you to wash the clothes for the second time. So, you will need double the amount of detergent, electricity, and water. Also, a waste of your time.
- With regular overfilling, the washer efficiency keeps decreasing at a faster rate. So, your machine will fail to work earlier than expected, which means an extra expense of fixing or buying.
Fixing is expensive
Overloading can wreck the delicate components of the machine. In such cases, one needs professional services to fix the machine. While the problems can be simple to attend to, one cannot do it without help from experts. This means you have to buy a new set of the damaged part and also pay a hefty sum to the ones who fix the machine. Therefore, fixing an overfilled washing machine can be a real expensive deal for most of us.
User manuals and load guides that come with the washing machine have a purpose. They are to be followed for the long life of the machine. Overfilling or underfilling are not good for your washing machine and do more damage than good. Therefore, obey the instructions and save yourself from needless expenses.