As consumers, we all buy labour-saving products such as washers, dryers, dishwashers and minor appliances, using them daily almost without thinking about it. We are so accustomed to having them in our lives that, as long as they continue to operate when we need them, we pay them little attention.
It helps to understand how a washer works
It may be useful, then, to know a little more about the main parts of a washer, just to get some understanding of how it works. This is just general information and certainly not enough for you to be attempting your own repair work. Of course, different brands and models of washers have differences in features, but most washers have the same basic components.
Did you know there are two drums?
The most obvious place to start is with the drum or tub. Users only see one tub, but there are two drums, actually. The inner tub is where the clothes are loaded and is perforated to allow water in and out. The outer tub holds both the inner tub and the water, supporting it while at the same time keeping the water from leaking into the rest of the machine.
How does it wash and drain?
Top loaders have an agitator inside the inner tub that moves constantly during the washing cycle and this movement washes the clothes. The washing machine motor works with the agitator to turn the drum, which is basically how the whole process starts. It ends with the drainpipe where all the dirty water is expelled.
What else is there?
The technology side of the workings resides in the circuit board where all the programming takes place. This is the artificial intelligence of the machine that decides when the various steps in the washing process should take place. There is also a timer, which as the name suggests, sets the wash time for the clothes and can be set either manually or automatically. Last but not least is the heating element for use when more than a cold wash is needed.
Commercial and industrial washers also have similar internal parts although they are usually more robust and, where the computerised works are concerned, more sophisticated and offer more choice in settings. Large machines may also need to be anchored or otherwise contained for safety reasons.
This is our area of expertise as NLE Commercial supplies, installs and services laundry equipment. Our industry range includes Girbau, Braun, ADC and Forenta equipment. We also have a team of fully trained and skilled electrical service crews and a 24-hour, 7 days a week electrical fault and break-down service that knows its way around the workings of a washing machine.