Your washer and dryer are the unsung workhorses of your home. You don’t realize how much you depend on these appliances until they break down. These tips can help you keep both machines running in peak condition for as long as possible.
Don’t Wear Out Your Washing Machine
- Know your hoses. Look for bulging, cracking, fraying, or leaking hoses. Replace hoses if you see any issues or if it’s been five or more years since they were last replaced.
- Keep it on the level. Is your washing machine vibrating, rocking, or moving across the floor during the spin cycle? If so, you’ll need to balance it by raising or lowering the machine’s legs to prevent damage. Or, consider a pedestal for maximum stability.
- Learn this lint lesson. It’s not just dryers that have lint filters. Depending on your machine, the lint collector may be located in the agitator tube, or near the top of the washtub. Check your owner’s manual to locate it and be sure to clean it regularly.
- Wash the washer. It sounds funny, but washing machines need to be washed. Run a mixture of 2 cups of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda through an empty wash cycle to remove mildew, soap residue, and hard water deposits.
- Obliterate odors. Between loads, leave the washer lid open on top-loading washers like the Avanti Platinum, or leave the door open on front-loading washers like this Electrolux model. This allows the unit to dry out and prevents the mildew that causes bad odors.
- Measure detergent Diligently. Too much soap can cause excess wear and tear on your washer. Read the instruction manual to find out exactly how much detergent you should be using. And if you have a high-efficiency machine like this Whirlpool, then be sure to use high-efficiency detergent. No matter what kind of detergent you use, a detergent dispenser can help ensure exact amounts.
- Avoid overloading. For maximum efficiency, never fill the washer above three-quarters full, and wash heavy items in smaller loads.
Don’t Damage Your Dryer
- Another lint lesson. Letting lint build up can impact the dryer’s efficiency and may even become a fire hazard. Clean the lint trap regularly.
- Get secure. For optimal dryer performance, properly secure the hoses, vents, and cords. Reinforce connections with duct tape to prevent gaps and slipping.
- Avoid overloading: Just like with the washer, you want to keep dryer loads small so you don’t overwork your machine.
- Clean the interior vent: Clothes still feel damp after the dryer has stopped? That means that you should clean the interior vent. To do so, disconnect the exhaust vent from the back of the dryer and vacuum up any lint or debris. Or, look into a dryer like this Samsung to get smartphone alerts when the vents need to be cleaned or other maintenance is required.
- Don’t forget outside: You should periodically check to make sure air is coming out of the exhaust vent located on your home’s exterior while the dryer is on. If you don’t feel any air coming from the vent, turn off the dryer and look for blockages. If there is a blockage, you may have to remove the duct to clean it out. Consult with a professional before making any changes to your dryer’s exhaust duct.
Of course, the best way to prevent laundry problems is to start with a high-quality washer and dryer. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, and many others.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.