Preventing Washing Machine Blues

washing machineWhile in college, you didn’t give much thought to a washing machine. You just hoped you would find one open at the laundromat.  Fast forward: now you’re a homeowner, or live in a house and you have your very own washing machine.

Like many appliances, you take them for granted until something breaks. Having the floor flood with suds is a funny scene on a TV show, but a dreaded problem when it happens to you. Let’s go over a few things that will help you keep that washing machine in tip-top shape and save you money!

Just as you are supposed to clean the lint trap in the dryer after each load, the washing machine should also be attended to after each day’s use.

After the last load of the day, wipe out the washer and gaskets. That residual water could invite mold or mildew. Try to be prompt about taking clothes out of the washer when the cycle is done. Damp clothes sitting in there begins to smell musty pretty quick. It might be a good idea to leave the washer door open for a while for air to dry it out.

Make sure your washing machine is level. A machine that is out of kilter will put extra stress on the drum that could also affect other parts of the machine. Most washing machines have adjustable feet that can be raised or lowered to make the machine level.

Newer washing machine models come with a preferred type of detergent for use, such as low sudsing. They are designed with these detergents in mind and using the wrong detergent can harm your washer.

Several times a year inspect your hoses and cords. A weakened hose can disconnect and cause flooding. Those rubber hoses really only last about 5 years; so keep an eye on them.

If your washing machine is a newer model, it may have several filters that periodically need to be cleaned. Review the operating manual that came with your machine. It shows you where the filters are and their recommendation for cleaning. If you don’t have a manual, you can usually find them online.

We hope this information is helpful to you. While we do not repair washing machines, if you are finding a problem with getting water to the machine, we can help! Give us a call: Firkus Plumbing 541.382.7710.

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