Washing machines are great time savers, but their insides consist of many parts that need care and maintenance. And, while sometimes a repairperson will need to help out, there are steps you can take to protect your investment:
- Avoid overloading a washing machine. Too much weight disturbs its balance, which can lead to costly repairs.
Tip: To keep loads from piling up, try washing a load each day of the week.
- Measure laundry detergent amounts. Too much causes buildup and odors, plus excess soap won’t rinse out thoroughly.
Tip: Dissolve detergent in warm water, then switch to cold water if a cold cycle is preferred.
- Select the correct wash cycle for the size and type of laundry load.
- Regularly check and clean filters attached to the water hose connections. They can clog, causing your machine to fill slower.
Tip: If you’ve been away from home two weeks or longer, release hydrogen gas buildup by letting hot water faucets run for several minutes before using any electrical appliance connected to hot water.
- Wipe spills immediately. Ammonia, bleach, abrasive cleaners and solvents will damage the washing machine’s porcelain or synthetic enamel.
- Keep the machine functioning properly by washing it once a month with a store-bought cleaner that’ll rinse away soil, detergent and water mineral residue.
Tip: To clean the washing machine yourself, add two cups of white vinegar to an empty hot water cycle. Soak the bleach and fabric softener containers in hot water, replace them, then run another hot water cycle to rinse.