One of the many perks of owning a home is having your own washer and dryer, but that convenience can be short-lived without adequate maintenance. To avoid having to replace an appliance, take these steps to ensure your machines are operating properly and efficiently for years to come.
Maintaining the Washer
Ideally, your wash machine will be installed at the proper level. If you notice a slight vibration when your machine is running, it may be a sign of an unbalanced washer. Unnecessary vibrations can damage the motor, so make sure the washer is (and remains) level.
When using your washer, take care not to overload the drum inside. Too much stress on the machine can shorten its life. You can find manufacturer recommendations for maximum capacity in the user manual. Whether you use liquid or powdered detergents or pre-measure pods, make sure to use the appropriate soap for your machine.
When your washer is not in use, keep the lid open. This will allow any excess water to evaporate, keeping mold and mildew at bay. If you won’t be using the washer for an extended period of time, consider turning off the water to prevent hose leakage.
Maintaining the Dryer
To keep your dryer in good working order, periodic maintenance is key. Vacuum the dryer exhaust ducts every few months to avoid lint buildup, and inspect the ducts for any wire damage. If you notice a duct deteriorating, replace it as soon as possible. On a regular basis, clear out your lint filter to avoid restricting airflow inside the dryer – not doing so can result in fire.
If you’re in the market for an upgrade, purchase a dry equipped with a moisture sensor, which will prevent clothes from over-dying, conserve energy and save you money.
Source: RISMedia’s Housecall
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