Washing laundry is second nature to most of us. What you may not realize is that you can be damaging your washing machine without even knowing it. Protect your washing machine from unnecessary damage by following these simple tips.
- Check the pockets-things like keys, coins, and markers can damage the inner drum, and outer tub, and add costly repairs
- Zippers need to be zipped prior to going in the wash. A zipper can cause scratches to the inner drum
- Bras can cause a lot of damage. Underwires can pop out and go through the holes into the outer tub, and hooks can scratch the inner drum
- Clean your machine. Regular cleaning will get residue off the drum, and keep mineral buildup to a minimum. Front loading machines should have the door gasket wiped to keep the seal good
- Laundry detergent-less is better for your machine. Most people use way too much, especially if the clothes are very dirty. It is better to run a load twice than to add extra detergent
- Washer lids or doors need to be left open after use. This prevents mildew from forming, and prevents odor
- Balance loads-too heavy (comforters, throw rugs), and it can cause damage. Too light (one towel or a few rags, and the drum may get damaged
- Make sure you empty the washer after use. We’ve all forgotten to move a finished load to the dryer. The results often mean rerunning the load
- Use an approved pedestal for your washer. Many homemade pedestals will cause the machine to go off balance over time. This can result in the need for a new inner and outer tub. Warranties (both manufacturer’s and extended) will be voided in this situation
Keep your washer in good working order to prevent the need for service calls and repairs. Here at Katie’s Appliance Repair, we want you to be informed on how you can protect your appliances.
For more information refer to some of my previous blogs:
Appliance Odors? Simple Ways to Freshen and Clean Your Washing Machine
Things You Can Do to Extend Appliance Life
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