How to Care for your Washing Machine
Steps For Maintaining Your Washing Machine
While some may think that owning a washing machine or a dryer is a luxury, most of the household in this day and age will not be complete without them. Having a clothes washer at home could offer loads of support so it’s but proper to give your share of TLC to make sure that it stays on tip-top shape. Here are a few tips:
1. Clean the machine regularly.
Detergent build up can eventually lead to molds and mildews, while loose lint and debris can clog up the drain hose. Wash away soap residue and buildup either by using store-bought washing machine cleaner, or prepare a natural solution by mixing hot water, vinegar, and baking soda through an empty load. Clean at least once a year or whenever you notice a musty smell or visible dirt. Make sure to clean stains right away to prevent stain and to avoid further damage as some cleaning agents may contain chemicals that can cause corrosion. Prolonged exposure to such chemicals can damage the inner surface of your washer.
2. Replace the water hoses.
Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around the ends. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program. Also avoid bending the hose to help it last longer.
3. Move the machine.
Make sure that there is enough space between your washer and the wall to prevent the hoses from kinking.
4. Make sure machine is at stable position.
Place your washing machine on a level surface or, if necessary, adjust the feet to make the washer level. Unbalanced machine has the tendency to vibrate or rock during the spin cycle that can make connections come loose and cause other internal damage. Balance the washer by turning the legs clockwise to lower it, and counterclockwise to raise it.
5. Prevent musty odors and mildew.
After your wash, make sure that you leave the lid or door open between loads to dry out the unit and keep it smelling fresh. This is particularly true with front-loading washers. If you happen to own one, it would be wise to wipe down the rubber seal inside the door. This will not only help the unit dry out quicker, but it will help prevent it from starting to smell of mildew.
6. Use the right kind of detergent.
Follow your appliance manual to make sure you use the right type and amount of soap for your machine. Too much soap can leave residue on your clothes and cause excess wear and tear on your washer, and high-efficiency washers require a special, low-sudsing detergent.
7. Don’t overload the machine.
Avoid stuffing your washing machine with heavy loads and make sure that you follow the recommended load in the manual. Use the appropriate amount of water for the size of the load. Wash heavy or bulky items in small loads since these are harder on the appliance.
8. Use it gently.
This is especially true for knobs. Don’t apply excess pressure and don’t turn them the wrong direction. Knobs and dials on a washing machine are very sensitive and it doesn’t take much to mess them up, so be gentle!