You may already know how to maintain your washing machine to some extent. You make sure the device is level, you don’t overload it, etc. Today we focus on washing machine maintenance tips that many owners do not know about.
Here are our main guidelines:
- Use the recommended type and amount of detergent.
- Inspect the washer pipes every month and replace them every three to five years.
- See if you need a drain vent.
- Make sure the door seal remains dry between loads.
- Leave the door open for air circulation when the machine is turned off.
- Clean your washing machine often to limit mold spores.
- Clean the lint filter. (Yes, the washing machine has one!)
Learn more about these steps below, but remember that your washing machine is not immortal, no matter how much you take care of it. If you need an appliance repair, Climabionet will be happy to help you. Just call our nearest team of appliance experts or make an appointment online.
How to maintain your washing machine with confidence
When it comes to maintaining a washing machine, knowing what to do is only half the battle. Knowing how to do it correctly will help you avoid the need for excessive repairs or premature replacement of the device.
1. Use the recommended detergent.
Check the type of laundry detergent recommended by the manufacturer, the amount of detergent and the instructions for use. For example, a powder detergent or a high-efficiency (HE) liquid detergent should be used with some water-saving washing machine models to minimize the formation of residues. Also, be sure to properly charge the detergent – some units have a detergent tray and a softener tray, while others do not.
2. Keep an eye on the washer pipes.
Your washing machine is equipped with a hot water hose, a cold water hose and a drain hose. Check these pipes monthly for cracks or fragility. The best time is right after running the washing machine, as you will be able to see if something is leaking. Do you see a leak? Plan a professional repair of the washing machine .
Even if the pipes of your washing machine seem in good condition, it is still recommended to replace them every three to five years to avoid accidents.
3. See if you need a drain vent.
A drain vent is installed on the drain pipe of a washer to prevent pressure from impeding drainage. Some local building codes require this vent. Look at the drain hose of your washer to see if there is a space around it where it enters your drain. If there’s a small space, you probably don’t need a drain vent, unless local building codes require it. If the hose fits snugly, get a drain vent if you don’t already have one. Otherwise, you might need a water damage restoration service…
4. Make sure the door seal remains dry.
The seal, or rubber seal, around the door of your washing machine is susceptible to mold and deterioration. Wipe it after doing a load of laundry, as keeping the seal dry will protect it from premature wear.
5. Open the door for air circulation.
The washing machine can be a fertile ground for mold. If you leave the door open when the machine is not in use, you reduce the risk of spore multiplication.
6. Clean your washing machine often.
Speaking of mold, when was the last time you cleaned your washer? Front-loading washers are particularly known for getting dirty, and all washers must be cleaned every month or every two months. We have a list of tips to properly clean your washing machine.
7. Clean your washer’s fluff filter.
Many owners do not know that most washing machines have lint traps. If you notice a lot of down on your clothes, it may be due to a clogged lint trap.