posted on Apr, 26 2014 @ 08:51 AM
. I think most of your problems is that you can't make the transition between the older styles of machines and operations.
First, government regulations have stipulated water levels lower than what used to be typical. If you want a higher water level in a top loader, do
the simple trick of what I would see Mexican women doing in commercial laundries. They would allow it to fill with the water first, add their
detergent and then pile the clothes in. Then, add water with a bucket to a level that suits you. --Don't overfill you some will splash out!
However, the downside of that is too many clothes stuffed in there will not properly circulate and those next to the agitator may get worn and new
jeans, especially, will show rub marks.
The new rinse cycle is designed for just a couple of small items, not a regular wash load.
Today, most if not all new washers of the last decades or so automatically turn on the hot water to bring the water temp up to about room
temperature--even when you only have it set for cold! That automatic feature tends to happen in the winter time when the incoming water may be quite
cold. Warming the water to room temperature gives better cleaning than colder water. And as with water heaters and dishwashers, "hot" with a
washer is no longer hot anyway, that also has been mandated to a lower degree.
Front loaders uses much less water than top loaders. They will run about twice as long, but they also use less electricity than the older ones. No
big problem there as they now run about as long as a dryer cycle. So the two cycles take about the same time. Front loaders will be virtually
mandated in some places. Even today, some towns, such as Austin, give (or did give) nice rebates to buyers of front loaders. In a front loader, the
slow, rotation of the clothes turning up the side of the drum and then falling down into the water in the bottom is akin to the old beating clothes on
rocks principle. It works well. A front loader has too many items in it if the clothes look like a rotating ball of clothes rather than displaying
the "falling down" effect. The down side is that they are expensive to buy and to repair. Front loaders spin out more water from the clothes and
therefore allowing shorter runs on the dryer. Have a substantial floor under a front loader otherwise, it will "walk." On a dryer, learn to use
and adjust to your liking the automatic cycle. It knows better than you when a load is dry.
No longer will an old style such as a Maytag top loader last for two generations without a repair. I strongly recommend that a buyer of any new
washer or dryer by the damned extended warranty for their machine. It will save you money in the long run. Don't buy the hype of using the
detergent designed for front loaders, it will cost more than merely using less of the standard detergent.