Choosing a washer, many people must think about water usage. Why is that so necessary? The answer is that we often wash on the automatic cycle, though we could have used less water and avoid overpaying for water consumption. We don’t actually need that amount of water we use every day on washing up. The washing machine consumes ¼ water of the whole amount of water the ordinary family needs.
That’s why it’s so important to think over the ways of economy or choosing a new washing machine.
What does the volume of water consumption depend on?
The advantage of automatic washers is that they help to economize time and efforts, removing stains, rinsing and soaking big amount of laundry. Now housewives have more free time, but when they take a look at utility bills, it can spoil their mood.
You need to know that the volume of water consumed by a washing machine is high by default, and it’s hard to change that dramatically. But there are some factors that influence the washing machine water usage.
A model of a device
New models have programs and technologies that require less water. You are to pay attention to that. They may cost more, but later it will pay off.
The amount of laundry you wash
There are two components that matter: the maximum capacity of the machine and the way of washing. If you fill the machine 100% full, the average water consumption will be less (the exception are modern washers), than in such cases when you wash up often, but in small amount.
Presence or absence of a malfunction
A malfunction of a washing machine or its wrong installation may seriously affect the way it works and the volume of water consumed. For instance, the malfunction of an inlet valve the washer can permanently pump water into the tank even when it’s not working or switched off.
For every washing cycle there is a special algorithm of work, which defines every factor, including the water usage. If you always choose cycles that require much water used, then the water consumption would be higher.
User’s requirements of washing and rinsing quality
A lot of housekeepers, taking the clothes out of the drum, are not always satisfied with the way the clothes are washed. This may happen because of wrong choice of a cycle or too many stains hard to wash out, which hadn’t been washed by hand first. There can be a lot of reasons, but the only outcome is that a rewash or extra rinse is needed.
NB! The earlier the end of a wash is, the more economical it is, considering the water usage. So “Quick wash” is considered to be the fastest and the cheapest way to lessen the water usage.
How to reduce the water usage?
Before solving the problem of extra water usage we need to make sure, if it is really so! There is an instruction:
- Read the data sheet of a washing machine and clarify, how much water your machine must pump and use per load.
- Choose the most economical program of washing (it may be called differently: quick wash, quick 18, quick clean, etc) and check the water meters (before and after) to figure out the volume of water consumed.
- Choose the program which is going to consume the biggest amount of water per load and check the water meters again.
- Considering the data you have, calculate how much water is consumed by your washing machine per month.
If the sum is close to the number in the technical passport (+/- 15 L), that’s normal and no measures are to be taken. But if difference is 30 or 50 L, you need to solve that problem very soon. If you haven’t broken any instructions, it’s probably a malfunction that needs to be fixed by a specialist.
We do not recommend trying to fix it on your own, revealing any body parts of a washer. Unconscious searching for the ground of the problem may end up with a complete breakage. You shouldn’t economize on a professional help, because it anyway will be paid off, when your washing machine is fixed and the water supply is much lower.
These advice may be helpful for you in the future:
- Do full loads and use cold water when it’s possible.
- Measure laundry detergent and use HE detergents for HE top-loaders and front-loaders. Regular detergents are too sudsy and using too much can make these washers use more water by extending the rinse cycle.
- Choose the right soil setting for the load. Using the heavy-duty soil setting can use more water and extends wash time. The normal setting works for most loads.
And the last recommendation: everyone who uses the automatic washing machine, must check the consumption of the water on a regular basis. It’s not only for economy: high water consumption may signalize about a serious problem inside your washer, that may lead to a breakdown.