You are probably well aware that if you do all the preventive maintenance on your appliances, you have more chances that these last many years and won’t give you too many problems. If you’ve bought an appliance within the last 2 years and still haven’t done any preventive maintenance, it would probably be more than time to start. Let’s look at the washing machine more closely and what easy steps you can take to insure a longer lifespan.
Wipe off the top of the machine!
In order to avoid the top and the finish to be scratched or rusted, you should clean it regularly. You can use spray or dish detergent. Washers are usually made of painted steel or even porcelain-coated and are easy to clean. You can even polish them once in a while.
Don’t overload the washer!
Overloading the washing machine will not give you optimal results. First, it won’t clean the clothes properly and second, it will cause the motor to overwork. Over time, overloading will damage the drum and components might get broken.
Keep the washing machine level!
It is normal that a floor is not level due to building foundation shifting over the years. If your washing machine bumping around while spinning, it is because it is not level. This can cause the components to break since it’s moving too much.
Use the appropriate amount of detergent!
Regardless of what is said on the detergent packaging, you should always read the owner’s manual for the recommended amount of detergent to use with your washing machine.
Inspect the hoses!
At least once a year, pull out the unit and inspect the hoses in the back. Check for cracks, burst and early signs of wear or weakening in the plastic. It is recommended to replace the hoses every 5 years. You should consider switching from plastic hoses to stainless considering that stainless is more solid and made to last.
Clean the fabric softener dispenser!
Fabric softeners are gooey and can gum up in the dispenser. If you can’t remove the dispenser to clean it, use a rag and hot water.
This should definitely be a good start! You should be able to avoid or at least postpone expensive service calls if you do all the preventive maintenance. You know that if your washing machine is giving you trouble, you can always count on A-Tech Appliance Repair! Give us a call today and we’ll send one of our certified appliance technician to fix your washing machine right away!