Among the kitchen appliances that I can service and repair are washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, cookers, ovens, fridges, freezers and cooker hoods manufactured by the following brands: AEG, Aga, Amana, Amica, Arctic, Ariston, Asko, Bauknecht, Baumatic, Siemens, Beko, Belling, Blomberg, Bosch, Britannia, Candy, Cannon, Caple, Creda, Daewoo, De Dietric, Electrolux, Essentials, Dimplex, Elco, Elektra, Fagor, Flavel, Frigidaire, Gaggenau, General Electric (GE), Glen Dimplex, Gorenje, Grundig, Haier, HEC, Hotpoint, Hoover, Indesit, KitchenAid, Kelvinator, Kenwood, Lacanche, Leisure, LEC, LG, Liebherr, Logik, Maytag, Miele, Moffat, Neff, New World, Panasonic, Rangemaster, Richmond, Samsung, Scholtes, Servis, Smeg, Sterling, Stoves, Swan, Sub - Zero, Teka, Tecnik, White Knight, Zanussi.
For any brands not listed, please enquire.
I repair most makes and models of kitchen appliances, but do not sell them, as I feel this would be a conflict of interest. Some points are probably worth making at this juncture:
- The greenest course of action is always to repair. The negative effect that disposal and recycling have on the environment far outweighs the continued use of that appliance.
- Did you know that a lot of recycling stations fix your discarded appliances and sell them on?
- The concept that is peddled around generally is that it is a waste of time repairing an old appliance. What you may not realise is that an old appliance is far more robust than a lot of the similar make and model appliances produced now. There is a lot to be said for the old adage ‘if it’s heavy, it’s better’. Notice how much lighter the machines are now?
- The electronic over complication of modern appliances is also their downfall. Cynically, some of the manufacturers build into their electronics a variety of diagnostic features, the testing of which can only be done by their own engineers at a grossly inflated cost. This is becoming more prevalent. Oh, and do you really need, or use, all those extra programmes?
- By fixing that old appliance and with a bit of good advice, and very simple TLC, it would probably outlast the replacement machine.
The example below relates only to washing machines, but it in fact can be carried across to all kitchen appliances. Taken in conjunction with the above, and the further comments below, there is a strong argument in favour of repairing the appliance rather than replacing it - whether the matter is considered from a green, longevity, or serviceability point of view.
But, if the only way forward is replacement. Then read on:-
How to choose the best washing machine
Today’s trend in the household appliance industry is to manufacture more and more energy and water-efficient laundry appliances, which is an eco-friendly measure. However, taking into account the large number of new models carrying the same rating, deciding which ones are more energy-efficient than others can become a difficult task.
Furthermore, our experience and tests have proved that extreme energy efficiency does not always ensure the best quality of service. Some of the washing machines using the smallest amount of electricity and water yielded unsatisfactory results. This is why the optimal solution is to choose a washing machine that balances good cleaning with relatively low energy and water use.
Keep in mind this aspect when buying such an appliance.
How the EU energy ratings are calculated
To calculate the energy-efficiency rating of a washing machine, the kilowatt hours (kWh) used annually by the machine are measured based on its performance on full and partial 60°C cotton loads and a 40°C partial cotton load.
However, please note that there is no requirement for a washing machine to actually reach 60°C, for which reason some models don’t get near that threshold even when a 60°C wash cycle is selected (a Hoover model tested by us reached only 43°C on its 60°C cycle). Apart from temperature specifications, other items of relevant information that you can find on the energy label of a washing machine refer to annual water consumptions (in litres), noise emission (for partial and full loads, in decibels), capacity (in kilograms), and spin drying efficiency class (rated from A to G).
Seeing that all models with a capacity of more than 4 kilograms are required to achieve an A rating, their labels on washing performance no longer include the information mentioned above. This creates a misleading impression about their actual efficiency.
When having to choose between two washing machines with the same energy label, examine the
energy consumption figure quoted on it and cross-reference it against the scores for energy consumption in the guide available at:
How can washing machine efficiency be tested accurately?
Taking into account the misleading way in which washing machine efficiency is rated as a standard, a different method to calculate it has been used in our tests.
To collect more realistic and running costs data, we test on 40ºC normal cotton and synthetic programs, which are two of the most popular washing machine cycles.
A particularly efficient model of washing machine is the one scoring four stars or more for both water and energy use. To make sure you are choosing a machine that cleans well, filter the results using our compare features and prices tool.
Our machine cost calculator can also help you compare initial buying costs with lifetime running costs.