How-To-Maintain Your Washing Machine

How to maintain your washing machine

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Please note that a washing machine (washer) repair or services should be performed by a qualified and skilled professional. Washers are complicated machines that combine water and electrical current and there is a high risk of injury, or even death, if an unqualified individual attempts repair. Note that a common wall outlet can carry more than enough electrical current to cause death.

Level your Washer – Most washing machines have feet that can be used to level the unit make sure that the unit is properly balanced. An unbalanced machine can be very noisy and will cause additional wear and tear on internal parts and can sometimes cause a unit to skip or skid.

Replace hoses – Rubber hoses degrade over time. They can get brittle, start leaking or even burst. It is highly recommended that hoses be replaced every 5 to 7 years. Also, remember that a burst hose can also lead to flooding. Another alternative is to use steel-braided hoses. Please refer to your operating instructions to learn how to replace hoses and what hoses are best suited for your unit.

Waste Water Drain – Washing machine drain hoses should be kept clear of debris, lint and other blockages. Also, make sure there are no kinks in the host. If a washing machine cannot drain properly, it can cause damage to the water pump and can also cause flooding.
Loading – Follow manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to loading the washing machine. An overloaded machine will not work efficiently and can suffer damage due to the excess weight.

Detergent – The amount of detergent you need to use will depend on the hardness of the water, the size of the load, how “soiled” the clothes are and the type of material you intend to wash.  Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and also be sure to check the instructions provided on the detergent container.

Water Temperature – It is best to select warm water over hot water. Generally, using hot water consumes 2-3 times more energy as washing in warm water. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to wash in cold water.

Large Loads vs Small Loads – One large load is more efficient than running two smaller loads. It saves you water, detergent and electricity and also wear and tear on your machine.

Spin Cycle – The purpose of the spin cycle is to extract the maximum amount of water from a load of clothes so they dry quickly when placed in a dryer. A washing machine that is overloaded will not dry properly and cause your dryer to work extra.

Drum Balance – If you use a top-loading washing machine, distribute the clothes evenly around the spindle. An unbalanced drum can overload the motor or cause breakage to the drum belt.

Water Level – It is best to use the right amount of water with your load size. Washing a small load with a full, or high, water level leads to reduced agitation and resulting in improperly cleaned clothes.

Follow the above tips to extend the life of your washing machine and to avoid unnecessary and costly repairs.

Tampa based Appliance Repair Specialists are equipped to fix most brands and models of washing machines and washers. We can help you with problems such as poor spinning, leaks, improper operation, leveling, noisy operation and irregular wash cycles. Contact us at (813) 288-1900 or (727) 822-2600. For a list of the locations where we provide services, please go our Areas of Service page. Our technicians are standing by and ready to assist with your washing machine!

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