Tip & How-To about Washing Machines

Washing Machine Maintenance

Once a year you should take the time to give the washer machine that serves you so well a little bit of tender loving care. This bit of time may prevent you from having washing machine problems in the future. If you can prevent just one washing machine repair it will be well worth your time. While you are doing the preventive maintenance, you also can do a bit of washing machine cleaning as well.

Washing machines are not fun to fix, here are some things that will help you to prevent that emergency repair.

-Check the hoses on the back of the washing machine for cracks, rust or corrosion on the connecting fittings, blisters on the hoses, and or leaks.
-Cracks in the hoses are signs of a breakdown of the rubber and aging
-Blisters are a sign that the water is getting through the inner lining of the
-If your have corrosion then you either had or have a leak
-If left go the hose may be very difficult to remove in the future

-Check that your washer is setting solidly on the floor and is level.
-Out of level and flopping washers can help to cause out of balance
banging, noise, etc.. leading to premature failure of the washer

-Check to make sure that there is no water that drips from the inside of the washer when it is off.
-Dripping water is a sign that the solenoid valve or water inlet valve is
starting to wear and not closing properly. Replace the valve before is fails

This also is a good time to run your washer through a cleaning cycle. There are different things to use to clean the washer. One of the good old “green” standby’s is plain old vinegar. Dump a cupful in the washer and run through a short cycle. Other cleaning solutions could include things like Clorox, or other household detergents. There also are commercial cleaning products for cleaning washer machines also.

By doing these things once a year you will help to make sure that your washer will give you the best service possible.







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