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Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

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Typically washing machines can run a long time without needing a major repair. But everyone once and awhile your washing machine will need to be repaired. But here are some simple tips to keep your washing machine for optimal performance.

Fabric Softeners

Fabric softeners are waxy and can build up in the washer if introduced undiluted with water before dispensing, so mix them with water before use. If there’s a fabric softener dispenser on your machine, add the recommended amount and then top off with water to further dilute. If you’re pouring from a cup, use a 3-to-1 ratio of softener to water.

Washing Machine Overload

Avoid overloading the washer. Add clothes until the unit is filled to just below top of the agitator axle without packing down the clothes.  An overloaded washer strains the motor and transmission, shortening their lives.

Clean Supply Hose Intake Screens

Do this once a month – Remove and clean intake screens where water supply hoses enter the washer as the screens get clogged with sediment and/or mineral buildup. Improperly installed, they can jam open an internal valve—replace them with flat screened washers  in the end of the hose. Be extra careful when removing and replacing hoses, as the plastic threads on the intakes at the back of the washer are easily stripped.

Every five years you should replace rubber water-supply hoses if they’re splitting, cracking or are losing flexibility. Rubber replacement hoses last five years, but hoses that use a braided-jacket of stainless steel, although more expensive, last at least twice as long. Replace pinch-type hose clamps with more reliable worm driven clamps.

These tips any home owner should be able to make themselves. They are cost-effective and will help prolong the life of your washing machine, but if you are having trouble doing washing machine repairs and maintenance yourself, contact the appliance repair experts at Able Appliance. We are more than happy to help you in your washing machine repairs and needs!