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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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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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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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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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Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?

Front Loaders spin at an incredibly high rate compared to top loads. Because of this, the amount of vibration that is transferred to the structure is immense compared to the top loaders of days past. ...
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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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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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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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Can I replace one of the units in a stackable washer/dryer combo?

You need a bracket to mount the dryer on the washer. The mounting holes are non-standard, so you'll either need to ensure that the manufacturer(s) make such a bracket, make one yourself (or get it ...
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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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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

I'm going to assume that there's not a trap inside the wall, but if I'm wrong please correct me. You're going to want to build a standpipe. Start by installing a P-trap into that pipe in the wall. ...
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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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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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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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How best to determine which of these is the washing machine cold water outlet?

Way 1: Attach hoses to these, direct them into a sink or drain or into your washing machine tub, turn them on and see which one's hot. Way 2: Turn off the hot water. There should be a valve near your ...
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Washing machine jumping around

Any machine, including a washing machine, will walk if it has a spinning load which is unbalanced. This effect will be greatly enhanced if the machine is not level. In most cases a washing machine can ...
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Drain hose of washing machine too low?

When discharging directly into a waste system without a standpipe, the connections must be "tight", as with a hose clamp to an appropriately sized tube connector, as shown in the manufacturer's ...
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Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage

Instead of a space heater, try some pipe heating cable. This is a simple electric resistance heater that is designed to be wrapped around pipes in order to prevent freezing. The good ones have a ...
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Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage

Heat tape will keep the hose from freezing (where it's attached) but there are other freezing risks... e.g. where are the pipes coming from? Do they go into the uninsulated wall? Also there is still ...
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Stainless Steel Washing Machine Hoses

I was about to answer that these stainless steel-wrapped hoses are more reliable than plain rubber, but after looking at some articles on line, I'm not so inclined to say so. This PDF says they're no ...
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