Best Practices When Using Your Washing Machine & Dryer

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Best Practices When Using Your Washing Machine & Dryer

Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

  1. Leave the Door Open: After each laundry cycle, leave the washing machine door open. This allows the wash basket to dry thoroughly and prevents mold or mildew growth.

  2. Empty the Washer Promptly: As soon as the cycle ends, remove the wet load from the washing machine. This practice helps keep the interior clean and fresh.

  3. Avoid Overloading: Don’t overload your washing machine. Overloading can hinder proper cleaning, cause an unbalanced machine, and stress its components.

  4. Inspect Hoses and Connections: Every five years, inspect hoses and connections for wear, tear, and signs of leakage. Replace damaged hoses promptly to prevent water damage.

  5. Check Door Seals: Regularly examine your washing machine’s door and lid seals. Wipe them dry after each use and clean them periodically to maintain the machine’s integrity.

  6. Level the Machine: Ensure your washing machine is properly leveled. An unbalanced machine can lead to unnecessary strain on its parts.

Dryer Maintenance Tips

  1. Clean the Lint Trap: Regularly clean the lint trap after each load. A clogged lint trap affects drying efficiency and poses a fire hazard.

  2. Inspect Venting System: Check the venting system (both inside and outside the house). Remove lint buildup and ensure proper airflow. A clear vent prevents overheating and reduces drying time.

  3. Wipe Down the Drum: Occasionally, wipe down the dryer drum with a damp cloth. This removes any residue or lint clinging to the interior.

  4. Inspect the Belt: Inspect the drive belt for signs of wear or fraying. A damaged belt can cause the drum to stop spinning. If needed, replace it promptly.

  5. Professional Service: If you encounter issues beyond basic maintenance, seek professional repair service. Don’t attempt complex repairs yourself.

For more information check out these links:

Whirlpool Washer and Dryer Maintenance Tips1

DIY Washer & Dryer Maintenance Tips2

Maintaining Your Washer & Dryer: Tips & Checklists3

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  • Jeff Dar