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How Long Should My Appliance Last?

A question I am often asked is how long a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or fridge freezer will last.  I am afraid that there is no set lifetime for any white goods.

I should point out that there is no legal requirement for an appliance or piece of equipment to last a certain time.  There are a number of factors which could affect its likely lifespan, however, including the following:

•    How often the appliance is used.  With cars it is often the case that certain parts have an accepted lifespan and are likely to fail after so many miles have been clocked up.  There is no similar rule for appliances, however.  As a very rough rule of thumb, low end washing machines are likely to need repair after 600 hours use while the higher end can last for 10,000 hours or more.  Logically the more often an appliance is used the quicker it is likely to fail.

•    If the appliance is right for the job.  A person living on their own is likely to use a tumble dryer fewer times than a family of five so can expect the same appliance to last longer.  It really helps if you explain to the salesperson when purchasing an appliance how often it is likely to be used, say once a week as opposed to once a day.

•    Breakdowns and component failure.  “I only bought my machine two years ago and it needs a new wotsit costing £xx.  Can I claim under consumer legislation?”  Probably not.  Breakdowns and components filing are just facts of life.  No appliance will last forever.

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit our website http://www.powerpointglos.co.uk

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Keeping Your Appliances Safe!

I don’t want to alarm anyone but I’m sure you have all seen stories in the press recently about tumble dryers being recalled and replacements offered because of the risk of them catching fire.

Unfortunately it is not just tumble dryers as all white goods and many other appliances can be fire hazards.  Here are four simple steps you can take to make your home a little bit more safe and secure.

1.    Don’t leave appliances running unattended.  Now I know it is not possible to watch over every single appliance while it is in use.  However, a little common sense goes a long way.  It really isn’t a good idea to start the washing machine, dishwasher or tumble dryer and then go out to work or shopping.  And it is not wise to let them run while you are in bed overnight either.

2.    Read the manual.  Boring I know, but it is important to know how to use your appliance safely.  User misuse and ignoring manufacturer’s warnings are major factors in many fires caused by appliances.

3.    Have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.  I realise smoke detectors can be a problem in a kitchen but do considering placing them near your white goods.  Having a small fire extinguisher handy that is suitable for dealing with electrical fires is another useful precaution.

4.    Register your appliances.  Registering your appliance with the manufacturer is vital these days as it allows them to notify you of any safety issues that they become aware of.  In fact, it is worthwhile registering to get regular safety updates too.

So don’t have nightmares but do think carefully about the safety of your white goods and a serious incident may be avoided.

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit our website http://www.powerpointglos.co.uk

“Why Does my Laundry have Small Holes in it?”

I am sometimes asked why clothes come out of the wash with small holes in them so I thought I’d do a bit of research.  The obvious culprit is the washing machine, but it may not necessarily be so.

The first couple of things I noticed were that the washing machines involved were of different makes and had differing drum sizes.  Also the items of clothing affected varied greatly including cotton shirts, t-shirts, denim jeans and skirts and corduroy items.

Possible causes of the problem include:

•    The wrong spin speed.  This is often the machine manufacturer’s stock answer, that people are selecting a wash cycle with a final spin speed that is too fast.  To check you are using the correct programme read the instruction manual or go to the manufacturer’s webpage.

•    The drum is overloaded.  People often don’t realise that different types of laundry have differing wash load capacities.  If these are exceeded the overloading may lead to reduced efficiency or possibly damage to clothing.  Once again check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Preventative Maintenance – Get Your Servicing Done Now!

I am the same as everybody else – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Now that is all very well when things are going smoothly, but sometimes it pays to plan ahead.  You can quite easily leave your white goods to run day in day out without checking them.  The chances are, though, that at some stage there will be a breakdown which can result in a loss of stock, lost revenue and a large repair bill.

Alternatively you can ask us to pop out and have a look at your white goods to make sure they are operating to their maximum capacity.  I call it “preventative maintenance” but you may find you call it a lifesaver!

January is the ideal time to have your equipment checked out or serviced so give us a call today and we’ll be on our way.

For repairs, salesservice and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit our website http://www.powerpointglos.co.uk

Would You let a Stranger use Your Washing Machine?

I was amused and slightly worried to read that Electrolux think we should be sharing our washing machines with friends, neighbours and even complete strangers.

In a recent interview in the Financial Times, Electrolux CEO Jonas Samuelson suggested that we should be applying the same model as Uber use for car sharing.  If you are not using your washing machine, he suggests you invite someone else to and charge them for the privilege.  

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t relish the idea of a stranger using my machine to wash their smalls.  In fact, I’m not even keen on letting my friends use it ether.  That’s before you start to consider how a booking process would be set up and the security aspects.

Thanks very much, Mr Samuelson, but that’s a non-starter as far as I can see.

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods and appliances contact our friendly and professional team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit our website http://www.powerpointglos.co.uk