Washers and Dryers: When is it Time to Pull the Plug

Washers and Dryers: When is it Time to Pull the Plug
Washers and dryers can become less efficient and more costly to repair as they age. Find out when it's time to invest in new laundry appliances.

Don’t beat a dead horse. It’s an old and misconstrued expression, but it still has meaning in today’s world. This is no more apparent when it comes to our household appliances.

Even the most top-of-the-line washers and dryers have an expiry date. If you’re tired of pumping money into repair costs, or if your clothes are looking worse for wear, you may want to consider investing in new machines.

Check for these signs of life and know when it’s time to pull the plug.


Can I get a lifeline?

According to manufacturers, the average washing machine —both a top-loading and front-loading model— lasts 10-14 years, while a dryer typically lasts 10-13 years. That average can lessen, especially if you have a large family and are doing more than eight loads a week.

So how do you determine the age of your appliance when you’re unsure?

GE appliances code the manufacturing date on all its home appliances into the serial number, which starts with two letters followed by six numbers. The first letter identifies the month and the second letter identifies the year it was manufactured.


Look for Signs of Life:

There are a number of common mechanical errors that can cause your washer and dryer to become less efficient as it ages.

Some of the issues that can occur with your washer include:

  • Making a loud noise
  • Leaking
  • Emitting a bad odour 

The same goes for your dryer. Some issues as it ages include:

  • Failure to start
  • Erratic drum rotation
  • Shutting off mid-cycle
  • Overheating


Should I Call a Doctor?

It can be difficult to gauge when you should repair an appliance, and when you should replace one. If problems continue to occur and you find you’re constantly needing to make adjustments, or that the parts for your machines are hard to come by at an appliance warehouse or from the manufacturer, you may want to consider replacing your units.


Recovery is Possible

Not only will replacing your old models with new appliances save you from costly repairs, but you can also save money on your utility bills by investing in new Energy Star certified machines that typically use 25 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than older models.


Avoid making a common mistake with your washer, read how Overloading your Washer Leads to Appliance Repair Kelowna Residents Loathe.


Unlike many Kelowna appliances stores, Genier’s Appliances in Vernon not only carries the best appliances from Maytag, GE, Whirlpool and Bosch appliances, we also have a team of expert repair specialists you can rely on to get your appliance working again. We service all kitchen and home appliances that we sell, from ovens and ranges to washers and dryers. We also offer warranty service on all of our brands.


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