We’ve all been tempted to fill up our washing machines with as much laundry as possible so that more clothes get washed faster. As simple as this may sound, you’re actually doing your washing machine and clothes a disservice because overloading your washing machine comes with many undesirable outcomes. We explore these in more detail below as well as help guide you through the process of not overloading your washing machine by a simple rule that helps you determine if your load is just right. Let’s dive in.
What happens if you overload a washing machine?
There are many consequences of overloading your washing machine and these may range from small to larger, costlier ones. In the list below, we set out what can happen when you overload your washing machine.
- Dirty garments
One of the first results of an overloaded washing machine is that your clothes will not get cleaned evenly. This is because of the high load of clothes in the drum, which prevents the right amount of water and detergent from circulating and getting rid of stains. As a result, what is likely to happen is that you’ll be left with some clothes that have soap suds and detergent on them (which can lead to stains) or you’ll have completely unwashed clothes altogether.
- Damaged clothes
Another problem with an overloaded washing machine relates to damaged clothes. With garment additions and accessories such as zips and buttons, it’s possible that some of these may get caught on other clothes and as the drum spins, they may rip these clothes resulting in holes and tears. In addition to this, however, there is also the possibility that an item of clothing could get stuck on the door of the drum and when the washing machine starts working, your clothes can become ripped. This is a highly undesirable situation and should be avoided if you want to protect your clothes from damage.
- Wasted detergent
Furthermore, by overloading your washing machine, you risk wasting detergent. This is because it will not circulate and spread evenly throughout the drum as the machine is in a wash cycle and this, as mentioned above, can result in dirty or damaged clothes as well as waste your washing detergent, which is simply costly.
- Higher utility bills
By overloading your washing machine, you are essentially forcing it to work harder to do the same job it normally would with a regular wash cycle. As a result, your washing machine will be using up more water and electricity to perform what it normally would without an overloaded drum. Therefore, to keep your washing machine’s energy efficiency and keep your utility bills down, avoid overloading your washing machine.
- A broken or damaged washing machine
Another question that commonly gets asked is: “can you break a washing machine by overloading it?” Unfortunately, the answer is “yes”. And this can mean needing to have your washing machine repaired or in the worst case scenario, having it replaced altogether. All this can be costly but is also easily avoidable. Some of the problems your overloaded washing machine can cause in terms of the hardware of the appliance relate to:
- Drum: a damaged drum may need to be replaced if there is too much internal pressure. For example, the combination of the sealed door and high spinning speed can add pressure to the drum, which in turn, can impact the bearings, alignment, the motor or even cause the glass to crack. Dive deeper into how overloading and other factors can damage washing machine bearings.
- Leaks: furthermore, your washing machine may start leaking if overloaded and get water onto the base of the machine and even on your floor. This is because the drainage system would have been blocked by too many clothes, which prevent accurate removal of water and drainage.
- Blocked pipes: another consequence of an overloaded washing machine is blocked pipes. This can result when small items of clothing are spun and then moved towards the drainage pipes ultimately blocking them. Not only are these blockages damaging to your washing machine, but they also leave you with sodden and soggy clothes.
How to know if you’ve overloaded a washer
There is a very simple rule which you can apply to know if you’ve overloaded your washing machine. Firstly, place the clothes in the drum and then follow the one-hand rule. This means placing your hand in the drum before switching on your washer, and wriggling your fingers a little bit. If there is space for your hand, then you have not overloaded your drum.
Another way you can know if you’ve overloaded your washing machine is to check the owner’s manual or the sticker on the front or side of the washer, which indicates the maximum kilogrammes that the washer can carry. After this, use a bag to place your laundry in and weigh the clothes so that you place just the right amount of clothes in the washing machine and ensure that you do not overload it.
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