American vs. European FL Technology -- Please Help.
I am hoping that those of you who are familiar with this issue will give helpful, constructive feedback.
First, the FL mold issue. Many on this forum argue that Europeans do not have mold and therefore the issue is not the machine. People who have had the mold are trying to understand why they (and so many others) have had the mold. I have read that there are three main differences between the "American" FLs and the "European" FLs --European FLs 1)have built in heaters; 2)longer wash cycles -- most two hours; and 3)smaller machines.
Many of the current "American" FL have heaters, but this was not always the case. (The household water supply does not get hot enough nor does the water stay hot during the wash cycle. Water must reach and maintain temperatures of 150-212 F to kill bacteria -- some can be killed with soap -- but otherwise hot water is a key ingredient.) In addition, even with those current FLs that have heaters, the user has to choose certain cycles to activate the heaters and often these wash cycles take longer (the wash water is heated in the drum and this takes time). I understand that TLs can also have mold issues, but the mold is not as visible because it is around the outside of the drum rather than the inside of the door.
The mold issue is separate and apart from other reliability issues. It seems that the introduction of the digital board has been problematical -- many fail and it is a very expensive fix. Also, the use of plastic parts combined with increased load capacity and increased spin speeds has been another problem -- the machines cannot handle the combination of increased weight (especially once water is added), increased spin speeds, and inferior parts.
Reading between the lines, it seems that Americans cannot have the bigger, faster, cheaper (compromising heat and metal parts) machines they want -- it compromises the technology behind the European FL.
For those of you who are familiar with these issues, I would love your feedback -- but please be nice. I have read a lot -- but maybe some of these conclusions are incorrect -- if so, I apologize in advance and welcome your corrections. Most of us do not live in the "appliance world" and we are trying to come up to speed and understand the FL issues so we can find the right machine and use it properly. Thank you in advance for your help.