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GENERAL MAINTENANCE FOR WASHERS, DRYERS & DISH WASHERS

1. WASHING MACHINES
a . remember to remove drain filter at least every 6 months clean and replace.
b. suggest leaving door open when not in use ,stops smell and mildew build up
c. you normally can remove soap dispenser draw and clean ,as above leave cracked open for ventilation,
d. you get what you pay for with washing machines , a cheap machine mite only last for 4 years or less. a machine like a BOSCH may cost a lot more but it will give you years of trouble free washing.
2. TUMBLE DRYERS
a. always clean dry filter before use
b. also remember to remove condenser unit and wash out fluff etc a build up will restrict air flow and make the dryer less efficient.
c. if the unit seems to be getting to hot. it may need the air ducts cleaning out as fluff builds up.
d . if you can hear drive motor running and the drum is not turning you may have a broken drive belt
e. if you have a problem with heating thermostats all have to be replaced.
3. DISH WASHERS
a. remember to clean off excess food on plates etc before putting into machine.
b.remember to clean base filter regally.
c. if you see scale build up , give machine a descale using correct descaller
the holes in the wash /rince spinners slowly get blocked causing incorrect washing
plates coming out dirty, keep your jets clean good luck ,

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Monthly Cleaning Protocol


  1. Hello. here it is: Use only the proper amount of HE (high-efficiency) detergent in your Duet. Whirlpool has stated that using too much detergent or fabric softener in the Duet can ruin a high-speed spin bearing responsible for spinning the basket. The replacement part is approximately $600. Whirlpool also claims that using too much detergent or softener can cause fungus growth.
  2. If you have mold and mildew problems with your Duet, check the filter trap. Unplug the washer and remove the three screws in the seam between the door and the bottom panel to remove the bottom panel. The Duet drain pump has a design flaw that leaves about a cup of water in the filter trap under the tub. Clean out that filter with bleach every month or two to eliminate mold problems.
  3. Put small items in a mesh bag before washing. There is a good chance they will get lodged in the Duet's filter trap, if you don't. Check the filter trap mentioned in Step 2 monthly to make sure there aren't any small items blocking the filter.
  4. Remove your detergent dispenser every month and wash with warm water and bleach to prevent mold buildup. Remove the fungus smell from your washer with Affresh washer cleaner. Always keep the washer door open when not in use.

Apr 18, 2010 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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loads of slimey grey water in filter drawer and horrible smells


First of all, you need to confirm if the leak is from the filter or the pump.
You can replace the filter seperately to the pump.
If you replace the filter, and it still leaks, then you are going to have replace the pump.
I would suggest that that you check and clean if needed the outlet pipe where the water enters the outside waste pipe.
Make sure that you do a boil wash periodically, to ensure that the drum and other internal parts are clean.
Clean the door seal and dry after each wash, it helps to leave the door slightly open
Please leave any comments that may have as regards to my suggestions.
Thankyou.

Nov 25, 2009 | Washing Machines

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odor


IMPORTANT: Read thoroughly. DO NOT add detergent or other laundry products to this cycle.
1. Remove all items from the washer.
2. Open the dispenser drawer and 2/3 cup (160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment. DO NOT use more than 2/3 cup (160mL) of bleach per cycle as this will lead to product damage.
3. Close the washer door and dispenser drawer.
4. Select the Clean Washer cycle or a full wash cotton 104 F wash (40 C). DO NOT use any higher temperature as this will cause unnecessary fumes
5. Press Start and allow cycle to complete.
6. If the bad odour persists, repeat the procedure 1 or 2 more times. This may be necessary if this is the first time you have run this cycle.
7. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly to allow ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
8. Repeat the cleaning procedure monthly.
To maintain the washer freshness:
1. Use only HE High Efficiency detergent.
2. Leave the door open after each cycle to for better ventilation and drying of the washer interior.
3. Use warm / hot water in your machine unless the fabric you are washing requires cold.
4. Use the correct amount of fabric softener.
5. If your laundry room is damp, use a dehumidifier.
6. Clean the door seal of visible residue.

Jul 13, 2008 | Maytag MAH55FLB Front Load Washer

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Inside of Washer Smells


often in washing machines there is a drain trap which needs cleaning out from time to time, (usually accessible from the front behind a removable facia) The manual should tell you how to clean this. you need to drain the water first (as there is often a little water still in the system). if you look on the program dial there is often an item that has an arrow pointing down, this should be the drain program, after this is done you can remove the draining cover and clean the workings inside, hopefullt this will solve your problem :)

Sep 27, 2007 | Whirlpool AWZ410 Front Load Washer/Dryer

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Door won't open


My Zanussi has an outlet filter that is accessible by a little door at the front. It gets clogged if not cleaned for a month or two. Then the machine can't drain and the door won't open. Removing and cleaning the filter should correct the problem. You'll need some sort of container to catch the water that will pour out after you remove the filter.

Nov 16, 2006 | Zanussi FC1200W Front Load Washer

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