Everyone is always looking for tips to help their appliances run, and it is imperative to not forget about the washing machine. These machines are durable appliances and can handle laundry loads of various sizes. However, overlooking maintenance and common sense can result in expensive repairs. Here are a few tips to help keep money in your pocket and your washing machine running in great shape.
Avoid Loading to Over-Capacity
Overloading your washing machine may seem like a way to finish the laundry faster, but can result in a breakdown and your appliance going out of commission. When your machine is too full, the spin cycle is especially thrown off and can break the agitator that causes the laundry rotation. Not sure how full is too full? Read the owner’s manual for more specific load measurements. Additionally, listen for rocking or shaking sounds during the spin cycle, which can indicate an excess in capacity.
Rinse Your Machine
Over time, the drum of the washing machine can build up debris, mildew, and even laundry soap. This buildup can stain clothing and also prevent proper drainage between the cycles. Rinsing your machine with warm water and vinegar mixture is ideal every 4-6 months. Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water, pour into the drum and then run the rinse cycle.
Level Your Washing Machine
The spinning of laundry during any point of the cycle causes uneven forces on the sides and bottom of the washing machine. Having your washer on an uneven surface can cause the spinning and agitation to be unbalanced, forcing the machine to work harder. Ultimately, keeping your washing machine on an even surface and confirming your it is stable with a level can prevent damage to the machinery and keep your appliance running longer.
Air Out the Washer
Washing machines provide a moist environment in the drum and can be a breeding ground for mildew and mold. In order to prevent mildew and mold accumulation, it is crucial to keep the air circulating in and around your washer. Keep your machine in a well-ventilated room. Additionally, keep the lid open after usage to allow air to circulate and air out the drum.