How to Keep Your Washer and Dryer Running at Their Best – They Need Some Love Too!

One word says it all – maintenance. In order to keep your washer and dryer running as well as it should be, and to get the most out of your purchase, proper and regular maintenance is key. It is also what will help you avert some costly “adventures” such as flooding and fire.

Washer and Dryer

It’s easy to forget about your washer and dryer because they are usually tucked away in the back of the house somewhere, out of site and out of mind. And there are certain times of the year, like the recent back-to-school time, where your appliances get a really good workout. Lots of sports uniforms, dance clothing, sweatshirts, sweaters, sweatpants, and school clothing – all need a good washing.

Dryer Lint Trap

Some simple steps you can take to care for your washer and dryer:

  • Keep the washer door open after every load – it allows the moisture inside the drum of the washing machine to evaporate.
  • Set the water level at the proper setting for the amount of clothes being washed – it is hard on a washer’s motorized components when not at the correct setting.
  • Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for the amount and type of detergent you should be using – you can actually damage some models by using the premeasured pods.
  • Empty clothing pockets – items left in pockets have the potential to damage the machine’s pump.
  • Don’t overload your washer and dryer – it will cause your appliances to perform inefficiently. The right size loads will extend the life of the motor and use less energy.
  • Check the hoses connected to your washing machine – if it’s bent and your washing machine is older, you may want to replace those hoses (recommended every five years) to prevent a leak which can cause a flood. Check for tight fittings, bulges, cracks, and leaks. Tighten loose fittings. Replace damaged hoses.
  • Replace the washer’s rubber hoses – steel-jacketed hoses won’t split open and are available from Marlin.
  • Replace vinyl dryer exhaust ducts with metal ductwork – it will help to reduce fire hazards.
  • Regularly inspect visually the dryer exhaust duct – you are looking for crimps, obstructions, and unnecessary bends.
  • Clean out the lint filter – before (or after) every dryer load.
  • Wash the lint filter with detergent every 3 months – it will help remove invisible chemical residues that can restrict airflow.

Very much like a car, bike, a musical instrument or your air conditioning system, if you take care of your washer and dryer it will work efficiently and well and have a longer life. Thoughtful maintenance will go a long way in saving you money during the life of your appliances.

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