Welcome to part five of our home appliance tips series with Renae DuHaime – an appliance repair technician and content creator with over 500,000 followers on TikTok.
In this final part, we ask DuHaime when it’s appropriate to fix your own device instead of calling in the professionals. “In general, if you’re covered by a warranty or contract, I don’t recommend attempting to repair equipment yourself,” DuHaime tells Popular Mechanics. Instead, she suggests preventative maintenance to keep your devices in tip-top shape.
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If your clothes don’t come out of the washing machine as clean as you’d like, DuHaime recommends loading the machine only half to three-quarters full. When you have a heavy load, your clothes don’t have enough space to rub against each other, so you still end up with dirty clothes. As we have already learned, heavy loads can damage the motor, which will lead to premature failure of the device.
Check out this TikTok video by DuHaime explaining how to properly load washing machines without agitators:
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DuHaime also recommends not mixing loads of washing machines and dryers. Fabrics like denim and cotton dry at two different speeds. So when you mix these fabrics, you’ll find that your jeans may still be damp while your t-shirts are dry. The dryer’s sensor falsely tells you your clothes are dry when they really aren’t, DuHaime explains. However, she stresses that putting jeans and t-shirts together is perfectly fine as long as you know the machine is working as intended.
At the end of the day, keep checking your device manual. It’s generally safest to call your local appliance repair technician, but some problems can be solved yourself.
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