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Why are we to leave a front-loader clothes washer open, but not the dishwasher?

TL;DR Temperature Dishwashers use hot water, because that's the way to clean dishes. Then they heat up the hot water even more to sanitize the dishes. Food safety requires it. US dishwashers normally ...
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Old washing machine takes long and longer to do a cycle

If moving the programmer forward a notch fixes it, it's most likely simply a failing stepper-motor on the programmer. I've fixed a similar vintage machine with a similar fault. It's not terribly hard ...
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Removing clip that's securing rubber hose in washing machine

The existing clip has been crimped on with a crimping tool from the factory. To remove the clamp grip the end of the strap just below the notches and lift it up and back. The notches should bend up as ...
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Stacked Washer/Dryer not getting enough power

You didn't specify the model number but this is likely similar (from: https://www.justanswer.com/appliance/7j73z-need-ge-stacked-washer-dryer-dryer-timer-motor-wiring-hookup.html) You'll note that ...
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Stacked Washer/Dryer not getting enough power

That's illegal, and always was illegal You can't use 10/2 + ground cable for a washer-dryer. You never could. IN 1996 (25 years ago) they banned the NEMA 10-30 connector. Your combo unit can easily ...
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Is it a problem to have a washing machine plugged into a GFCI outlet?

Some electric motors cause some GFCI circuits to trip. One reason is strong magnetic fields passing a small amount of current by induction into grounded components. For this reason it's best not to ...
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Why does a laundry drain need to be installed at a minimum height of 30"?

The water in the wash tub will drain out if the drain in the wall is lower than the water level in the washing machine. Simple physics, water seeks its own level. The drain located at the recommended ...
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How to move a washing machine?

Packaging braces are used because shippers aren't concerned about being careful, and appliances may travel thousands of miles by any number of carrier types. Use reasonable caution when you lift and ...
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Does running a dryer on 120 V drive up electricity costs?

Not an immediate danger, but quite a few problems According to the spec sheet, this dryer is rated for 240V, 30A. Running it on "120V outlet" in the US normally means either 15A or 20A. ...
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Why are we to leave a front-loader clothes washer open, but not the dishwasher?

Certainly washing machine door seals are more prone to mould, but there's another reason to leave the dishwasher door shut: It's perfectly placed for walking into and tripping over, in the kitchen ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

I've used the following method to make obnoxious sounds coming from home appliances and toys much quieter: Find where the sound comes from. Usually there's a little grill or perforated plastic that ...
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Removing clip that's securing rubber hose in washing machine

They're called ear clamps, they start out life looking like this: To attach them, the band with the holes is hooked up as tightly as ossible so those "fingers" poke through the holes, and ...
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Can you identify this gunk from a washing machine?

It looks to me very much like 1,743 layers of fabric softener deposit from the inside of the outer tub (that's about sixteen years worth of loads at twice a week). Fabric softener leaves a thin layer ...
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I need help identifying this screw

That's a Torx head, you'll need a Torx screwdriver or drill bit for that. Hard to tell what size from your photo, maybe T25 or T30 at a guess. Easy to find at your local hardware store. Sometimes you ...
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Do front loader washing machines need more electricity?

That 1500W is the maximum motor power of a front-loading washing machine, relative to the maximum of a top-loading washing machine. Front-loading washing machines only use that much power when doing ...
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220v Washer Dryer Machine Voltage Tolerance

I think you're doing it the hard way. Areas which are 127V nominal, choose that voltage for a very specific purpose: when you configure your power supply as 3-phase "wye", with 127V any ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

Manufacture mentioned there is no way to silence sound. Inspired by Haimg's advice, I disconnected one of pins from the speaker module off of the components board.
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Why does my basement utility sink that drains my washing machine stink?

I'm guessing that the white pipe you're referring to is the original drain for a washer. The extension piece fastened with duct tape might have been added because the washer draining caused some water ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

Strangely, page 26 of the manual mentioned in the question says the following: Does that not work, or only apply to some subset of this model? Maybe there is some trick to get it right (sometimes ...
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The door to the washer has started to crack

It's a replaceable part. Looks like part number WH46X10159. Unfortunately it's discontinued by the manufacturer so you'll likely have to look for a used one. Thankfully it looks like there's a lot of ...
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What is this port on the back of my Samsung washing machine? It leaks a little bit of water at the end of the cycle

This is an air vent. The door on a front loader is sealed so that water won't leak out, so a separate vent is provided to allow air to move in and out of the washer when it fills, when it empties and ...
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Does running a dryer on 120 V drive up electricity costs?

You are running the dryer without full power, which will drastically increase the time it takes to dry clothes. If you're doing it on a timed basis, your clothes won't get dry. If you use it on a ...
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Can I run my washing machine drain line into a condensate pump so it drains better?

I think you have a couple of factors to consider in using a condensate pump. One is the volume of water per unit time relative to what the pump can handle. A condensate pump is going to expect a ...
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Can I have an electric dryer, a washer, furnace, and gas water heater all in one laundry room?

Only issue I can see is where the makeup air comes from. The washer doesn't matter, but if the dryer, furnace, and water heater all turn on at the same time, they each need air input. Putting ...
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How to move a washing machine?

The tub spins on a graphite ring that allows it to wobble in order to counteract unbalanced loads. So sliding on this ring can't hurt the machine. What can damage the machine is if the graphite ring ...
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Washing Machine Drain direct to drain pipe vs laundry tub

Lint in drainwater should not clog pipes - it will just be carried along with the water. Whether it's bad for something further down the line (such as your septic field) will vary depending on ...
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Possibly Asbestos Contaminated Washer! What do I do?

I wouldn't worry so much about it. Wipe it down as best you can and then run a few empty cycles to flush the machine. The wastewater goes... well assuming you are in a relatively modern area with ...
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Removing clip that's securing rubber hose in washing machine

We managed to contact a family friend. They told us that these aren't reusable and have to be broken to be removed. We snapped the lip off with pliers to remove it and it came right off.
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Washing machine drain hose very high

Would be good to see the specific model. But a check valve may be the simplest solution. From a random Maytag manual: For standpipe installation above 48"(121.2 cm), install a check valve to ...
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Why does it appear that my system is designed to PREVENT me from connecting the washing machine to mains water?

Some washing machine supply hoses incorporate a special valve designed to shut off the flow In the event of a rupture in the hose. One brand with this feature is Flood-Safe. If you carefully examine ...
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