Most washing machines these days have a heater built into them. The purpose of the heater is to supply enough hot water to the machine, so that it can then wash the clothes more effectively. Remember, when water is heated, it tends to have a higher energy level, and this means that chemical reactions occurring in it (such as the combination of dirt and soap) tend to occur much faster. The end result is that by having a washing cycle that includes the use of hot water, you will end up having much cleaner clothes in a shorter amount of time, and without the use of as much soap.
When the heater does not work
However, there are times when you will find that the heater does not work at all. In such cases, you will notice that the clothes don’t end up becoming as clean as they used to be. Of course, if your washer is not cleaning the clothes are thoroughly as it should, the problem could lie elsewhere as well. However, the point is that when you are thinking about the possible causes of the condition, you should not discount the risk that the heater might be at fault.
There are many things that could result in the heater not working properly. Some of these include regular wear and tear. In some cases, the heater might have a manufacturing problem, and this can usually be solved by simply having it repaired or replaced under warranty. The other common cause of this is misuse of the washer, which can be avoided by simply going through the user manual the first time you buy the washer.
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How can you detect that the heater is not working?
Usually, the best way to figure out whether the heater is working or not is by looking at the error code that the washer provides. Most modern washers have a feature that allows them to self diagnose, which makes it much easier for anyone to figure out where the problem is. Some people often try to check whether the heater is working by feeling the front or top of the washer to find out if it’s hot. However, there are several reasons why this might not be the best way to do it.
Some washers produce heat from other sources other than the heater, which means that you might think that it’s working even when it’s not. In addition to that, the cycle of cleaning in which hot water is used is usually very brief, so if you don’t feel the door at this point you might end up wrongly concluding that the heater is not working. Finally, some washers are designed in such a manner that such heat can’t get through, which means that you would not be able to feel the warm water even if the heater was working at the time you did it.
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Is it a problem that you can fix yourself?
If the heater is not working, chances are that you might not be able to fix it yourself. The best course of action would be to consult a contractor who has some experience with the type of washer you have. The process of diagnosing, getting to and fixing the heater is usually complex, and it usually involves taking the washer apart. If you are not skilled in doing this, you might end up damaging the washer even more, and even possibly break the warranty terms.
In summary, the heater is an integral part of your washing machine, particularly in this day and age. With a modern washer, it should not be very difficult for you to diagnose a problem arising from the heater since they will simply show it. However, once this is done, you should consider asking a an appliance repair contractor to check it for you.