Doing laundry is a tedious task for anyone, especially when you are doing the laundry for your whole family. It’s a good thing that the washing machine was invented and this invention has saved people a lot of time and effort in washing clothes piece by piece. But have you ever wondered how this helpful equipment really works?
Understanding The Basics Of A Washer’s Functions and Operations
All washing machines have two drums: the inner drum and outer drum. These drums spin depending on the kind of washer you have and there are only two kinds: namely, the top load machine and the front load machine. The top-loading washing machine’s drums spin vertically and its door is on top. It has a pole in the middle wherein an agitator helps in turning over clothes and spinning them so the detergent mixes with the clothes. On the other hand, the front-loading washing machine’s drums spin horizontally and its door is on the side. Instead of having an agitator, it has paddles that are attached to the inner drum.
However, even if the inner and outer drums make up the main parts of a washing machine, this won’t work without the thermostat and the program. The thermostat is similar to a heater wherein it measures the temperature of the water going inside the drum and indicating the right temperature it should be adjusted to. The program then controls the heat applied to the water. Unlike the thermostat, however, the program does more than measuring water’s temperature. It also controls the movements of the drums as well as the flow of water in and out and to and from the valves.
Like the drums, there are also two valves in a washing machine. One valve is for the hot water, and the other one is for the cold water. Depending on the water needed, the program can control which water will go into the washing machine. You can even choose both valves to supply water. After using up the water in the drums, exits through an anti-siphon device, that prevents it from going through the valves that connect to your house’s water supply. Once the water has passed the device, it is directed to the pipe that leads to the sewer. This is usually the same pipe where the water from the toilets passes through.
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