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Tips for preventing mold and mildew in your front-load washer

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“Last spring, Consumer Reports tested a new front-loader from GE designed to eliminate excess moisture. Results showed that, while humidity levels inside the drum were lower, it’s not a guarantee mold or bacteria won’t grow.

Many consumers are going back to the basics with a new top-loader washing machine.

“Our tests are finding many high-efficiency top-loaders are actually performing nearly as well as many of our recommended front-loaders,” said Sara Morrow-Harcourt, Consumer Reports’ home editor.

If you don’t need a new washing machine right now, you can take steps to help prevent problems by running the tub clean feature regularly. If your washer doesn’t have that feature, run the washer on the hottest setting with a cup of bleach and keep the door open between loads so it can dry.”

You can view the original article here.

The reason why top-load washers aren’t nearly as susceptible to mold as their front-load counters is simple. The top door is not sealed which allows water to evaporate. Other than the solution above, you could always leave the front-loader door ajar between loads to give the drum time to dry. If you have small children in the house, however, you should always keep it closed to prevent injury.

If your washer or dryer is on the fritz call Apple Valley Eagan Appliance at 952-953-0080. We’ll be able to diagnose and troubleshoot the issue and recommend an appropriate course of action. Visit our appliance repair page for more information.

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