Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer
All manufactures suggest using a high efficiecy detergent. They are specially formulated to keep the suds level low and work well with the low water levels of a front loader. Boxes are marked with an HE on them letting you know they are for high effiency machines. Regular detergents were designed for washers that use many gallons of water.
Posted on Feb 03, 2010
No. ALL front loader washers built for consumers that are rated as high efficiency require HE detergent because of the small amount of water and electricity they use. This small amount of water, coupled with a wash tub that does not agitate continously, followed by a high speed final spin of 1200 rpms or higher, all equate to an overall energy savings as compared to a conventional top loader.
Regular detergent is formulated to be used in a wash tub with a 35 gallon capacity. So, if you use that same detergent in a wash tub that uses 5 to 7 gallons of water (such as yours), you are in effect putting about 5 times the concentration in the washer. This can lead to soap scum build up which causes odors, soap deposits that remain in your clothing and can cause skin irritation, "SUDS" errors that stop the wash program due to too much suds in the wash tub, and premature wear on the drain pump motor and seals. In fact, most front loaders will have a disclaimer added in the owner';s manual that explains this. Most manufacturers will also void the warranty if it is discovered you are using improper detergent. Use HE detergent and pay attention to the label. Some of them are double (2X) and triple (3X) concentrated. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Feb 03, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT use regular detergent in an HE washer. The regular detergent is formulated for a wash tub capacity of 35 gallons. A High Efficiency washer, such as yours, only uses 5 to 7 gallons of water per load. You can potentially cause premature failure of the gaskets and seals, as well as drain pump problems by using a higher concentration of detergent. In addition, you may end up with residual soap left retained in your clothing which can cause skin irritation. So...if you do the math, you would have to use about 1/5th the amount of soap you would normally use. However, if this is a new washer, you will void the manufacturers warranty if it discovered that you purposely used improper detergent. There is a disclaimer in the Owner/Operators Manual that should explain this. I hope you find this information helpful.
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
Try pulling the drawer out again and look in the hole. Look on the bottom for detergent or softener piled up and allowing the water to come out the door or anything clogging the tube in the back of the hole. Look on the top, there are a bunch of little holes, make sure none of these are clogged, clean with a toothbrush and sewing pin if clogged. Take the drawer completely apart and clean thoroughly, check for any cracks. If nothing is found here Take the lid off with the 3 screws in the back and push the lid toward the back of washer and lift off. Run the washer and check for the leaks with a flashlight. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELECTRICAL. As there is a shock hazard with the lid off.
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
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These types of washing machine require HE (high efficiency) detergent and it is available from most supermarkets, costco, wallmart and many other stores.
Just lokok for "HE" on the front.
Detergent brand names may vary but "HE" remains.
DO NOT use regular detergent as this can and does cause many issues on these washing machines some may even require an engineer to call and fix them.
These are by far one of the best washing machine types saving both energy and time for a much better clean.
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
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