FAQs about Washing Machines: Myths Decoded & Troubleshooting

By Arindam Roy

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Overall Best Front-load Washing Machine

Samsung 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine...
  • Fully-automatic top load washing machine: Affordable with great wash quality, Easy to use
  • Capacity 6.5 Kg: Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members
  • Product Warranty: 2 years comprehensive warranty on product and 2 years on motor
  • RPM 680 : Higher spin speeds helps in faster drying
  • 6 Wash Programs : Normal, Quick wash, Delicates, Soak + Normal, Energy Saving, Eco Tub Clean

Overall Fully Automatic Washing Machine

Samsung 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine...
  • Fully-automatic top load washing machine: Affordable with great wash quality, Easy to use
  • Capacity 6.5 Kg: Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members
  • Product Warranty: 2 years comprehensive warranty on product and 2 years on motor
  • RPM 680 : Higher spin speeds helps in faster drying
  • 6 Wash Programs : Normal, Quick wash, Delicates, Soak + Normal, Energy Saving, Eco Tub Clean

1. How can I clean my washing machine?

All washing machines need regular cleaning to prevent mold and to remove scaling and detergent residues. Select the tub clean function present in most fully automatic washing machines at least once in 3 months.

If your machine has no such function, you can manually clean it by these steps:
  • Remove all the clothes immediately after the wash
  • Run an empty cycle using hot water with 2 cups of vinegar or ½ cup bleach
  • For top-loading machines, pause the cycle for 1 hour in the middle and resume it again afterward
  • After the end of the cycle, use a sponge and soft toothbrush to clean the inside of the machine
  • Here you can utilize ½ cup white vinegar with 4 cups of water
  • Pay special attention to the rubber seal around the door in front-loading washing machines
  • Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the outside of the washing machine
  • After that, run an empty cycle with hot water and ½ cup of baking soda
  • Remember to clean the detergent, softener, and bleach dispensers thoroughly
  • Wipe with a soft cloth at the end

2. How do you use a washing machine of any brand?

Washing machines are generally easy to use. Follow the directions in the user manual if you find any difficulty.

Here’s a quick summary to use different types of washing machines:

Semi-automatic washing machine Top-loading fully automatic washing machine Front-loading fully automatic washing machine
Power on and add the load in a washtub Power on the machine Add the required amount of detergent
Add the water and detergent needed Add the detergent according to your need Load the clothes
Select the wash program and time of the cycle Add your clothes Select the right temperature
Drain the water Select the wash program and start the cycle Adjust the time of spinning
Add more water for the rinse cycle Take out the clothes to dry on the line Close the door and start the cycle
Drain it afterward Remove clothes after the machine finishes the wash
Drain it afterward
Transfer clothes to the spin tub if it is twin tub washing machine
Select the time of spinning
Unload the clothes and hang on the line to dry


3. How do you remove scaling from a washing machine?

To remove limescale you should clean your washing machine thoroughly. Follow these steps for descaling:

Top-loading washing machine Front-loading washing machine
Start the hottest and longest cycle. Use a sponge soaked in vinegar to clean the rubber seal
As the water is filling, add 4 cups of white vinegar in it. Add 2-2.5 cups of white vinegar in the tub
Additionally, add 1 cup of baking soda Make a mixture of ¼ cups of both water and baking soda to clean the dispensers
Close the lid and run it for a couple of minutes Start the wash cycle with the hottest water
Pause the cycle for 1 hour Wipe it clean with a soft cloth
Clean all the dispensers with a sponge or toothbrush
Run the cycle and wipe with a soft cloth at the end


4. How to use the Tub Clean option in an IFB washing machine?

IFB washing machines come with a Tub Clean function to help maintain your washing machine. You should use it once a month if you use warm or hot water regularly.

Here’s how you can activate this feature:
  • Turn on the washing machine
  • Add the detergent or a descaling agent in the detergent dispenser
  • Empty the tub of any laundry.
  • Select the Tub Clean program
  • Press “Extra Rinse” and “Rinse Hold” buttons for 3 seconds.
  • The display will show Tub Clean option
  • Start the cycle
  • Once it’s finished, the display will show “End” on it.

5. How to drain water from the washing machine?

Draining a washing machine is quite easy. Select the drain option on the machine. Make sure that the drain hose is horizontal and attached to the outlet pipe.

If the water doesn’t drain, keep the drain hose below the level of the washing machine. Check for any clogs in the hose. If not, then look for blockage in the drain pump.

If the washing machine doesn’t drain after all this, call for professional help.

6. What is kg in a washing machine?

Mostly the “kg” in a washing machine refers to its capacity instead of its weight. For example, a 10 kg washing machine can accommodate a load of up to 10 kg. This refers to the dry load of clothes before washing.

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7. How many clothes can fit into a 6kg/6.5kg washing machine?

A 6-6.5 kg washing machine is ideal for couples or bachelors. It has a small capacity of only 6-6.5 kg washing at a time.

It can fit approximately:
  • 30 T-shirts or
  • 9-10 pairs of jeans or
  • 9-10 bath towels or
  • 16 sweatshirts or
  • 11 bedsheets or
  • A single duvet
You can wash 2 shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 small towels, 2 pillowcases, and 1 bedsheet in a single load.

8. How many clothes can a 7kg washing machine wash?

A 7 Kg washing machine is for a family of 3-4 members. It can wash 3 shirts, 3 pairs of jeans, 2 small towels, 2 pillowcases and 1 bedsheet in a single load.

You can fit in it almost:
  • 11-12 bedsheets or
  • 31-32 T-shirts or
  • 9-10 pairs of jeans or
  • 9-10 bath towels or
  • 17-18 sweatshirts or
  • A double duvet

9. How to fit a tap adapter for a washing machine?

To connect a tap adapter for your washing machine inlet pipe connection, follow the steps carefully:

  • Loosen the stainless steel adapter part by unscrewing the screws
  • Detach the plastic part and reattach it by tightening the screws only halfway
  • Insert the tap inside the stainless steel part
  • Use a plastic ring inside it if the tap is small
  • Once it fits perfectly, tighten the screws by a screwdriver
  • Turn on the water and check for any leaks
  • If leaks are there, tighten the screws some more
  • Connect the water inlet pipe to the plastic part and turn on the water

10. Which motor is used in a washing machine?

A washing machine employs a capacitor start induction motor. It works similarly to a split-phase induction motor. However, it needs more rotational force to start up. This requires more electrical power than the motors in fans, etc. They are quiet, very efficient, and have a continuous speed.

11. What is the center jet pulsator in a washing machine?

Many washing machines use a pulsator action for effective washing. This means rotating clothes in different directions and increasing their friction in between. The pulsator scrubs the clothes together that improves washing.

Center jet pulsator employs powerful jets of water from the center of the pulsator. This lifts any fallen clothes and prevents tangling or knotting.

12. What is Eco tub clean in a washing machine?

Most fully automatic washing machines come with an Eco tub clean feature. Activate it to clean the tub without using any detergent or any other chemical. Turn on the power, select this function, and run the cycle. Empty the tub before activating the eco tub clean.

13. How do you install a washing machine?

To install a washing machine follow these steps:
  • Find the right spot with right measurements
  • Level the washing machine by fine-tuning the leveling feet
  • Switch off the water supply to your old machine
  • Disconnect the water hose of old washing machine
  • Connect the water hose of the new machine. This may require a tap adapter and extra hose length.
  • Connect the drain hose to the outlet pipe. This may require a standpipe or an extension hose.
  • Run a trial.

14. What is 4E in a Samsung washing machine?

4E/4C is an error that displays when the water supply is not sufficient.

If it happens with your washing machine follow these steps:
  • Check the water inlet pipe for any bends or kinks.
  • Check the connected tap for water flow.
  • If there is no problem in the above steps check water filter mesh
  • Remove the water inlet hose from the washing machine
  • Detach the mesh filter and clean it under running water
  • Reattach the filter, inlet hose and its connection with water supply
This will hopefully solve the problem.

15. How to disassemble a washing machine?

If you want to get inside the machine either to clean or repair.

Follow these steps to first take apart the washing machine:
  • Unplug the washing machine
  • Disconnect the water supply hoses
  • Get access to the screws that hold the console or control panel in place
  • If they have trim covers lift them up
  • If the control panel has spring clips, place a knife underneath to remove them
  • Remove the screws and tilt the control panel forward to remove it
  • Once it detaches, let it hang backward
  • Remove the lid switch
  • Release the two brass clips with the help of a screwdriver
  • Open the lid
  • Hold the body firmly and tilt it forward at 45 degrees
  • Support the body with the help of your foot and lift it up
  • Remove the agitator by pulling it or using a rope
  • Separate the tub ring from the top
  • Remove the spanner nut to pull out the spin tub

16. How to use the Comfort fabric conditioner in the washing machine?

A fabric softener keeps your clothes looking new with its actions. It makes them softer, prevents wrinkling of clothes, and makes them shiny.

If your washing machine has a softener dispenser pour 1 cap of Comfort in it before starting the wash cycle. The machine itself will pour the softener during rinsing.

For semi-automatic washing machines or those with no dispenser chamber, use it before the last rinse cycle. Make sure to pour it in water pockets and not directly on clothes. Don’t wash after rinsing with a fabric softener.

17. Which washing machine is the best one: front load or top load?

Choosing between a front-load or a top-load washing machine depends on your requirements. If you need to wash clothes with tough stains using lower water and energy consumption, then the front-load machine is better for you.

However, if you mostly wash lightly stained clothes consider the other option. Top-loading washing machines are best for you if your back has issues or you frequently need to add or remove clothes mid-cycle.

18. What is the difference between front load and top load washing machine?

A front-loading washing machine has its door in the front. You can add or remove clothes by bending or sitting in front of it. These machines have lower water and electricity consumption. They also use less detergent and spin faster. You cannot open the lid mid-cycle without water drainage.

A top-loading washing machine has a lid on top as the name indicates. You can load or unload your laundry without bending. These machines also offer the option of pausing mid-cycle and adding or removing clothes. However, they use a lot of water, energy, and soap than front-loading machines.

19. How to rinse clothes in a washing machine?

In all the fully automatic washing machines, the rinsing occurs automatically after a wash. You don’t need to activate it.

For a semi-automatic washing machine, you can drain the water after a wash cycle. Add the water again in the machine. Start the rinse cycle. Drain the water afterward.

20. What is rpm in a washing machine?

RPM is the short form of Revolutions Per Minute. This refers to the speed of the spinning drum. Higher revolutions per minute mean faster speed and consequently quicker drying.

21. How to remove child lock in the Samsung washing machine?

Samsung washing machines come with a child lock feature to protect children from any damage. When it is activated, you can see the lighted up padlock symbol. Press both the “Spin” and “Temp” buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds to enable or disable it.

22. How much water does a washing machine use?

The water consumption of your washing machine depends on several factors. They include the capacity of the washing machine, the size of your load, the cycle you select, and the type of washing machine.

Top-loading washing machines use anywhere from 60L to 88L per load. Some old versions use 160L per load. Front-loaders consume significantly less water. They use 27-60L per load.

High energy washing machines use 57-114L water for an average load. Old washers can use 110-170L of water for a single load.

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23. How to avoid lint in a washing machine?

It is very annoying to see lint stuck on clothes after washing.

To prevent this, try these steps:
  • Clean lint filter and all other filters regularly before washing clothes
  • Wash lint prone clothes inside out
  • Wash dark clothes separately
  • Wash lint giving clothes like towels, etc. by hand
  • If you have to wash them in a washing machine, opt for a gentle wash
  • Clean lint stuck in the washing machine. Use vinegar for this purpose.

24. What is an agitator in a washing machine?

The washing machines come with either an impeller or an agitator. An agitator is a central pivot in the washtub that rotates to clean clothes. As the name suggests, the agitator rubs (agitates) against clothes to remove the stains. It’s rough on clothes.

An impeller, on the other hand, is a low mound or disc in the center. This acts by rotating clothes so they rub against each other instead of rubbing against the machine. This helps in a gentle and effective wash.

25. What is the direct drive washing machine?

Direct drive or inverter washing machines have a direct connection between the motor and the machine’s drum. No third party like belts or chains are present. The motor directly rotates (drives) the drum of the washing machine. This gives faster drum rotation (higher rpm). Direct connection saves energy and improves efficiency. Direct drive washing machines result in lower electricity bills.

26. Why does my washing machine smell?

A lot of different things produce a bad odor in your washing machine.

They include:
  • Mold or mildew
  • Bacteria
  • Dust or dirt
  • Body oils/ smells from clothes
  • Hair
  • Detergent residue
To get rid of these smells, clean your washing machine regularly.

27. Why is my washing machine not spinning?

If the washing machine stops spinning then try these troubleshooting steps:
  • Even out an unbalanced load. Place heavy clothes first.
  • Check the balance of the washing machine.
  • Are you using a correct high-efficiency detergent for a front-loading machine?
  • Have you plugged it on? Is the switch working?
  • Remove any extension cord and plug the power cord directly.
  • Is your lid switch working? Use your finger to press it down for a test.
  • Check for any bends in the drain hose.
  • Is the drainage adequate? Remove any clogs or blockade if present.
  • Check if the washer belt is in its place.
  • If the problem persists, look for professional help.

28. Why the washing machine jumps?

If your washing machine moves and shakes a lot more than normal then it may need a repair. Check whether it is level or not. Also, check the balance of the load. Look at its anti-vibration rubber pads. The shock absorbers damage over time. Replace these to prevent excessive shaking.

The abnormal vibrations of a washing machine can not only damage the washer itself but they can also destroy your home. The plaster may damage, the plumbing is affected, and your floorboards become noisy. Solve the problem before it escalates.

29. Why do washing machines cause a flooded floor?

A flooded floor is not due to faulty washing machines. Nor do you have to turn them on for the disaster to happen. The culprit behind a flooded floor is the faulty water supply line.

Mostly the supply lines from wall connections to your washing machine are made of rubber or PVC plastic. The material of these lines degrade and rupture over time. This results in a sudden burst of water that floods your kitchen or laundry room. Replace these lines with another durable material like stainless steel.

30. Can a washing machine kill fleas?

If you have a flea infestation in your home, washing is your necessity. Wash all your clothes, bedsheets, pillowcases, and every item that is used to sit on. A cycle through hot water and detergent kills the fleas. Spin them dry and use flea-free clothes.

31. Will washing machine kill coronavirus/ COVID 19?

According to Dr. Nanos (MD, MPH, Family Physician with specialization in Epidemiology), the coronavirus is not heat resistant and just 27°C is enough to kill it.

So a washing machine is a kill zone for COVID 19. You need to wash clothes in hot water with detergent for effective disinfection.

32. Will a washing machine kill maggots?

If fleas are present in your home, they’ll lay eggs in your damp clothes. Washing them with hot water and detergent will kill the maggots. Use a plastic bag to load clothes in the machine and dump this bag afterward.

33. How the timer of a washing machine works?

The timer on a washing machine works on many small contact switches. As you rotate the knob of the timer, they open or close. Once you select a certain time, the switch closes. This sends signals to various inner parts of the washing machine. It starts working accordingly.

You can select a certain time on the washing machine using a knob on buttons. In a semi-automatic one, you rotate the knob of the time or the wash program. For fully automatic one, power on the machine and then select the time button to adjust the length of the cycle.

34. Can I use the washing machine cleaner in a dishwasher?

The composition of the washing machine cleaning tablets is different than that of a dishwasher cleaner. They have a different purpose as well.

The washing machine cleaner helps get rid of grime and bacteria. Dishwasher cleaner helps in the removal of lime and scaling. It’s not recommended to use them in place of one another.

35. Can washing machines catch fire?

Like other electrical appliances, washing machines can also catch fire due to several reasons. In a study about fires caused by faulty home appliances, in 2011-2015 in the UK, washing machines ranked on top.

Washing machines contain several elements that can cause a fire if they malfunction. These include electrical parts, a motor, elements that heat up and function on high power, and friction between different appliance parts.

Your washing machine is more vulnerable to exploding if:
  • You constantly overload the machine or
  • You frequently forget coins, metals, or sharp objects in the pockets
Newer washing machines that have high spinning speed have more risk of exploding after these actions.

36. Can the washing machine shrink clothes?

If you are using hot water to wash clothes, take note of your garment tag before washing it. Use cold water to wash cotton and wool fibers. Nylon and polyester are more resilient to hot water. Read the cloth tag before selecting the temperature of water in your washing machine.

37. Washing machine quick wash guide?

If you opt for a quick wash on your washing machine, keep in mind these things:

  • Load the laundry only up to 40% of the maximum capacity.
  • Wash only lightly stained clothes like T-shirts that are worn only one time.
  • Add more than the normal amount of detergent if you need better stain removal.

38. What is the lifespan of a washing machine?

A washing machine on average can last from 7 to 13 years. A new washing machine can last approximately 11 years.

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