Typically, it does not take long to heat the water in the washing machine. This is primarily due to the high power of heating elements installed in modern devices. Plus, they take on much less water than older models. Toronto appliance repair experts figure out how long time the water heats up, the reasons it happens much slower over time than immediately after purchase, and how to fix this problem.
How fast water heating is done?
A normally functioning heating element with an average power rating in the new appliance is able to bring the water temperature to 90 degrees on average in 15 minutes. If the heater is powerful, this happens much faster, in 5-7 minutes but the washer will consume more electricity. However, some customers of our appliance repair service in Toronto note that in their units the water heats up too slowly even for a quick wash at 40 degrees. It is quite simple to explain why this happens.
Heating elements are fragile and subject to external influences. The small fibers from each laundry tend to stick on the heating element, burn and cause soot deposit formation. Also, limescale appears. The thicker the layer of deposits, the less heat transferred from the heating element to water. The scale-covered heating element works 2 times slower. Over time it completely stops functioning causing the need for professional washer repair.
For correct and smooth washer operation certain measures must be taken:
- It is important to use special filtration systems for water softening.
- Experts recommend periodically cleaning the insides of the washing machine with a concentrated acid solution.
However, it is necessary to be very careful with the acid solution. When exposed to a heating element overgrown with a centimeter layer of lime, the large pieces of hardened deposits will fall off. They can get stuck between the drum and the heating element. As a result, the machine will jam, the heater will crack and break causing the washer stops working.
In order to avoid such problems, better to trust the maintenance to the professional technician with the experience of dealing with such issues. He will carefully remove the heating element, clean it thoroughly using only device-safe methods, and then install it back.
Heating element location
If the heating element seems to be broken, it must be accessed. Its exact location is usually described in the manual for your washer. Some washing machines have it in the front, others in the back. If upon visual inspection, you see a large removable part on the back of the case, which occupies almost the entire wall area, it is most likely that the heater is located there. For example, Ardo, Ariston, Electrolux, Indesit washing machines have heating elements located at the back.
It also happens that the back removable part is too small. In this case, it is unlikely that the heating element is located at the back. In the case of top-loaders, the heating element can most often be reached through the side hull.
Depending on which side the heating element is on, either the rear or the front wall of the machine must be dismantled to perform the necessary washer repair Toronto. If after performing the necessary fixing procedures everything is well, i.e. water normally heats up in the washing machine, the dismantled part is returned back. Your washing unit is ready for active use again!