As I go about my appliance repairs in Sussex I am always willing to answer questions, to explain things and to offer tips and hints on maintenance and repairs. I find that if I explain things in a way that customers understand they are happier to trust me as an honest tradesman who knows what he’s doing. So it’s a win/win situation.
Sometimes I am asked what appliance parts do or what things mean and so I get to debunk jargon. Here are two words which sometimes get confused. They are totally different, but they are related in an important way related to washing machine repairs:
Washing machine capacity
Capacity – when someone refers to the capacity of a washing machine they are referring to the maximum size
of load a washing machine can handle in one go. Manufacturers usually express this as a weight. About the smallest available washing machine capacity is 3kg only really suitable for a single person; and the largest around 11 to 12kg, suitable for a large family, although (for reasons we shall go into in a future blog) improvements in technology mean that maximum load capacity is increasing all the time.
Washing machine capacitor
Capacitor – a washing machine capacitor is an electrical part that regulates the power supply to a washing machine. The starting capacitor in a washing machine helps to ensure there is enough power for the motor to start and get up to speed as efficiently as possible. If a washing machine is overloaded with too much washing it can take longer to reach the correct speed, which can result in the capacitor overheating and burning out.
Washing machine capacitor repairs
When a washing machine capacitor overheats and burns out the smell can be pretty alarming. Many people wrongly believe that the entire motor has burnt out and an expensive repair is necessary. Once I’ve explained that it’s only the capacitor they are mightily relieved. And when I explain that that they can do their bit to avoid future capacitor repairs by making sure they keep their loads within manufacturers’ guidelines they are delighted.
A Rapid Response washing machine repairs in Sussex, including capacitor repairs, seven days a week with evening call outs available. 0800 014 1594.
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