Technical Writing for Home Appliance Manuals – What You Need to Know

Today the demand for home appliances in international markets is in billions of dollars. So one can only estimate the level of the competition among the manufacturing companies.They try to be distinguishable in the herd and that eventually leads them to make better products for us.Though the interior complexity of such appliances increases but the manufacturers try to make the interface as friendly as possible.They come up with various types of manuals and videos to make the customers feel comfortable while using their appliances.

A Technical Manual Cover

Classes of Appliances

The home appliances are categorized into two broad classes based on the household activities they are used to perform.They are the major home appliances and small home appliances.Now, major appliances,also known as white goods,perform major household tasks and include:air conditioners,dish washers,clothes washers and dryers,refrigerators,water heaters,washing machines, microwave ovens ,induction cookers,etc.Small household appliances include mixers,juicers,grinders,coffee makers,rice cookers,toasters,etc.The Entertainment and information appliances also fall under the category of small appliances and are generally referred to as brown goods and they may include home electronics,CD,VCR and DVD players,cameras,alarm clocks,telephones and any other electronic appliances that you can find in your home.

If you are reading this, then you are likely to be familiar with various household appliances and now not wasting any more words ,we’ll talk about washers and dryers .Can we imagine our lives without washers and dryers? No,for that would to be terrible. I don’t know how to explain it precisely but every time we put on our cleaned or laundered clothes,we all get a pretty good feeling about it,don’t we ?

Focusing on the User Process

Earlier,when we didn’t have washing machines around,the process of cleaning clothes was quite hectic.It would involve soaking the clothes in soap water,rinsing and then drying them in the sun.It took a whole lot of time,let alone the labor.But the invention of washing machines put an end to all this.The first washing machines didn’t have many options but with time they came with variety of choices.The modern washing machines are automated and don’t need the users’ intervention at any step.They almost leave the clothes dry i.e., they have dryers fixed in them.Most modern washing machines have features like delayed execution:a timer to delay the laundry cycle,predefined programs for different laundry types,rotation speed settings,variable temperatures including cold wash.Now-a-days , eco-indicators are also used that predict the power consumption of the appliance which is a great help to the customer.

Technical Extra – Washing Machines

If you are still reading this article ,then you seem genuinely interested and now let’s get into some more technicalities of the washing machines.There are two types of loading (orientation of clothes) like top loading and front loading.Top loading refers to the vertical orientation where as front loading is horizontal .But the front loading is dominant because of its various advantages over top loading like efficient cleaning,less water usage,less wear and abrasion,no noise,etc.
So that gives you an overall idea about the washers and dryers but what’s important is that the technical writing for home appliance manuals should be in such a way it is understood by even an educated layman.The better the experience,the better will be the feedback and that would eventually lead to better product quality.