When purchasing a washer and dryer, you are hoping that you are investing in appliances
that will last a long time. However, this is not a guarantee and there are proactive steps
you need to take in order to maintain your machines. Below are some simple things that
you can do to help ensure that your appliances stand the test of time.
Keep it level: Washing machines can rock back and forth with a strong force if they are
not leveled out properly. This rocking can cause damage within the machine itself and it
can also cause the machine to move around the room and run into things, leading to even
more damage. There are typically adjustable legs underneath each washer so that even if
you have an uneven floor, much like most unfinished basements, you can still properly
level out the washing machine to avoid issues.
Check the hoses: If there are any signs of cracks or leaks in the water hoses connected to
your washing machine, those will need to be replaced immediately. Also, check for any
mineral deposits in the tubes. These could be indicators that your water heater is leaking
or failing and could slow down the water flow in and out of your washing machine. Make
a point to regularly check the hoses so you are more likely to catch a problem before it
becomes a costly issue.
Do not overload it: An overloaded washing machine is an inefficient one. Doing multiple
smaller loads instead of one massive load is easier on the motor and will improve its
longevity. Front loaders are better equipped to handle larger loads than top loader
Air it out: Leave the washing machine door open in between washes. This will allow the
moisture to dry out and avoid any mold growth or mildew odors from becoming a regular
occurrence. If it unsafe for nearby children or pets to keep the door open or it is simply
not keeping bad smells at bay, then consider using Smelly Washer Cleaner.
Regular cleaning: Do not skip the washing machine when you perform your regular home
cleanings. Dried out detergent, excess dirt, and debris from clothing can cause issues with
the functionality of a washing machine. It is important to clean the inside and outside
regularly to keep it functioning longer. Pay particular attention to any folds or gaps where
things can stay hidden for long periods of time.
Clean out the lint filter: Accumulating lint in the lint filter is not only a fire hazard, but it
is also harmful to the dyer as it can force the lint down into other areas causing extra
stress on the machine. Make it a habit to clean out the lint filter after each drying cycle.
It does not hurt to clear out the lint filter in the middle of a cycle as well as it helps speed up
the drying process and use less energy.
Avoid over drying: Over drying clothing means your machine is working hard when it
does not have to. It also wastes energy and adds to unnecessary costs for you. To avoid
this, check in on your clothing throughout the drying process and pull anything out when
you feel it is ready. Removing items that dry faster than others will help dry the rest of
the clothing more efficiently.
Proper venting: Clogged dryer vent ducts are the leading cause of dryer-related fires in
homes. When dryer vent ducts are not positioned properly, they can accumulate lint and
become a serious fire hazard. Some signs of an improperly installed vent include sagging,
kinks, and extending beyond its instructed use. Clean out the ducts on a regular basis to
keep any lint accumulation that may occur under control. Metal vents are also
recommended over plastic.
Keep it level and clean: Just as with washing machines, dryers also can rock themselves
into damaging situations and dirt or detergent in certain places can reduce their lifespans.
Take the time to level out the dryer and clean in and around it regularly.
Check the moisture sensor: Moisture sensors signal to the dryer when clothes are dry so
that the dryer does not continue working when its work is actually done. Sometimes dryer
sheets and fabric softener can adhere to the moisture sensor and keep it from reading
properly. When you’re doing your regular cleanings, be sure to keep an eye on the
moisture sensor and clean it off if needed.
Overloading is bad for dryers too: When a dryer drum is completely full of wet clothing
or other materials, it has to work harder and longer to dry everything all of the way
through. This is because there is less space available to spread the materials apart and dry
all sides. If you have a massive load of laundry that needs drying, break them up into two
smaller, shorter loads to relieve some of the pressure on the machine.
Functioning washers and dryers are integral to keeping a household running smoothly.
Make maintenance of your washing machine and dryer a priority by taking the above
steps to avoid any untimely disasters and to get the most out of your investment.