Doing laundry is not everyone’s business. Thanks to the washing machine that has become a lifesaver in washing clothes whether it’s your office wear or date night outfit. From saving time, energy, and money to improving the lifespan of your clothing, the importance of washing machines for homeowners cannot be overestimated. That is why a machine as vital as this cannot be neglected nor can maintenance be taken for granted. The last thing anyone wants is a faulty machine and loads of dirty laundry piled up for washing.
“Mistakes many make is assuming that the washing machine doesn’t require maintenance since it is a self-cleaning machine. However, just like any other appliances, there are simple services you can carry out to ensure the washing machine is in top-notch condition,” Albert Fouerti says. Albert Fouerti was the Chief Executive Officer of Appliances Connection and most recently President of Goedeker. He is sharing his wealth of knowledge to help many enjoy their appliances for a long period of time.
Taking adequate care of your washing machine will not only save you repair costs when things go wrong but will also allow your machine to serve you for a long time. The good thing is you don’t need too much equipment for maintenance and they are simple steps that can be easily carried out. Here are some washing machine maintenance tips from Albert Fouerti.
1. Clean The Lint Filter Regularly
The lint filter is located inside the door of the washing machine, it’s important to clean the lint filter after every cycle because lint builds up quickly. A clogged lint filter can cause the machine to not work properly and lead to a breakdown.
2. Clean The Washing Machine’s Exterior
This is the most basic maintenance tip but many often overlook it. Make sure to clean the outside of the machine with a damp cloth and mild detergent.
3. Leave The Door Open When Not In Use
Leaving the door open after each cycle will help to prevent mold and mildew from forming in the machine. This also helps to keep the musty smell away from the machine.
4. Clean The Interior Of The Washing Machine
Clean the interior of the machine from time to time to remove any dirt and debris. Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to clean the inside of the machine.
5. Get It Serviced Regularly
Service your washing machine regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition. A qualified technician will be able to identify any problems and fix them before they become bigger issues.
6. Use The Right Detergent
Although this might sound simple, the choice of detergent can either do our machine good or bad. That is why manufacturers always recommend the type of detergent to use and the amount. For instance, High-efficiency detergent is always recommended for high-efficiency washing machines. Therefore, ensure you are checking the manufacturer’s guide on the detergent to use and the amount that will go with it
7. Avoid Overloading
Overloading can decrease your washer efficiency and you can even end up with clothes that are not well-cleaned. Even worse, it can wreak havoc on the internal part of the washer in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to check the appliance manual to determine the capacity of the washing machine. But an average machine can carry 10-12 pounds of laundry.
8. Keep An Eye On The Hoses
It is important to conduct regular checks on your washer’s hose every few months. Look out for blisters in the hose, cracks, worn tubing, discoloration, or any sign that the hose is loosening. These are signs that signal the hose is getting damaged and might need replacement Also tighten the hoses up where necessary. Hoses play a huge role in the flow of water inwardly and outwardly. Ensure they are properly connected and not damaged to avoid water spillage.
By following these simple steps, your washer will be in good condition and extend its lifetime. These tips are easy to follow at home and are simple things that can make a big difference in the care of your machine. “While doing laundry, check the clothes’ pockets for coins, money, or any other items. These things can beat hard on the drum and cause damage. Take caution while using the washing machine and don’t be too hard on it.