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Routine Washer and Dryer Maintenance: What Is It and Why Is It Crucial

Let’s face it, we rely a lot on washer and dryers because having clean clothes is a necessity. A broken washer or dryer can cramp your style, literally, and also put a deep hole in your finances. Luckily, there are a few things you can do periodically to keep your washer and dryer working perfectly, preventing an emergency call and having to wear your underwear over again.  Routine maintenance of your washer and dryer are crucial to keep them functioning for years to come.

Simple Maintenance of Your Washer

The invention of the washing machine was a game changer. Now, instead of scrubbing your clothes on a washboard, the machine agitates your clothes and gets them clean. To keep your washing machine working at its best, you need to maintain it regularly. Take a look at the following tips for maintaining your washer.

1.    Load Clothing Evenly

Clothes should be loaded into washers evenly on all sides for standard washers that have a central agitator, the plastic rod that sticks up in the middle. Make sure clothing is placed all around the central agitator, taking into consideration the weights of clothes. Items such as jeans or jackets will weigh more than shirts and blouses, so spreading these out evenly helps.

2.    Avoid Overloading

Overloading the washer can be tempting when we’re short on time, but the added pressure on the system can cause washer parts to exhaust faster and leave your washer unbalanced. Both standard and high-efficiency washer users should beware of loading only adequate amounts of clothing.

3.    Cleaning Your Washer

Cleaning your washer is easy maintenance to prevent residue and clogs. Set your washer settings to large load and hot water. Mix 3 cups vinegar and ½ cup baking soda and add to the washer. Additionally, you can use a sponge to wipe the washing machine. Allow the cycle to complete and rinse.

Dryer Maintenance

Your dryer works hard. If you want to keep it working at its top capabilities, you need to properly maintain it. We’ve compiled a list of three ways to maintain your dryer and keep it working at its best.

1.    Keep Lint Trap or Filter Clear

The easiest way to maintain the life of your dryer is to always clean the lint out of the filter after each use. This allows for optimal airflow each cycle. It also decreases the risk of your dryer catching fire.

2.    Clean Dryer Ventilation Tube

In addition to the lint trap, the dryer vent tube should be cleaned out. Do this annually to avoid debris build up. Locate the dryer ventilation at the rear or of the dryer. Purchasing a long brush can help to get those hard to reach spots. This tip also ensures maximum heat and air flow.

3.    Keep the Ventilation Cap Area Clear

Most dryers have a ventilation cap located on the outside of the home. This area should be checked frequently. You want to ensure it is clear of debris, such as sticks, leaves, or snow. If not, debris often builds up, blocking the air flow from leaving the dryer.

Ultimately, washer and dryer maintenance is pain-free. Best of all, it saves you hundreds of dollars. If you experience washer and dryer troubles beyond your expertise, contact Doc’s Appliances. We have experienced maintenance technicians to diagnose and fix your washer in no time. Don’t hesitate to call us today, at 1-800-726-7130, for all of your washer and dryer needs.
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10 comments on “Routine Washer and Dryer Maintenance: What Is It and Why Is It Crucial
  1. I agree that scheduling an appointment for preventative maintenance to have our appliance is very important. Over the years, appliances tend to be low-efficient and it is good to have it maintained at least twice a year. I’m glad that you were able to highlight on this article that overloading the washer can possibly cause the washer parts to be exhausted faster and can leave it unbalanced. I’ll see to it that all my appliances are well-maintained to ensure their durability and to avoid fire casualties. Cheers!

  2. With my washer, I sometimes overload it. Now you did mention that could lead to problems. I haven’t had any with mine yet but I don’t want to take any chances.

  3. John says:

    These are great tips to maintain the washer and dryer in good condition. Thanks.

  4. Sanjay Meena says:

    Thank you for sharing this useful guide. After reading it, we can easily clean and maintain our washing machine properly.

  5. Caden Dahl says:

    I never really thought about when loading the washer, that you should spread the clothes out evenly. That and I know that I am guilty of overloading mine as I always try to get everything done in one load. Because of that, I do think it would be a good idea to have the washer checked out as I don’t know if me using it wrong could have caused some issues.

  6. Thomas says:

    Nice tips to maintain washer dryer. Love it.

  7. Most simple way to keep clean and maintain washer and dryer daily. Thank you for sharing it!

  8. I like how you said to avoid overloading your washer. I have been trying to maintain my new washer. Thanks for the tips on washer and dryer maintenance.

  9. CJ says:

    These tips are really helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I am glad you mentioned that the easiest was to maintain your dryer is to keep lint trap or filter clear. Our dryer recently had to be repaired because of this issue. Thank you for the tips on the washer and dryer maintenance.

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