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How to Maintain Your Washing Machine

Washing machine and dryer installation and repair are some of our specialties at Serva Plus. We want our customers to know that there are few good things they could do at home to make sure that their washing machine lasts as long as possible. Knowing how to maintain your washing machine will not only help it work better, it will also save you money in the long run. Here are a few tips from the professionals:

Make sure that the washing machine is level

You know that annoying banging sound that some washers make when working? It doesn’t have to be that way. If it isn’t overloaded, then it’s most likely rocking because it isn’t level. Washing machine maintenance starts by giving it a good base to work on. If yours is rocking back and forth constantly, the interior could get damaged.

Get rid of obstructions and lint!

Most washing machines don’t have lint disposal problems as the lint is thoroughly drained out during the draining cycle; however, some do have obstruction filters that need to be cleaned periodically. When an obstruction blocks the filter inside the pump, the lint will therefore accumulate and prevent the lint from being eliminated. This could account for a poor wash cycle. Where your lint trap is depends on the model – clean it every regularly.

Inspect your water hoses

Water hoses on your washing machine are going to be pristine in the beginning, but over time they will deteriorate. Occasionally check yours to make sure that nothing is out of place. There could be small cracks or bulges on the hoses, that tells you they are about to burst and should be replaced. Most manufactures recommend replacing them every 5 years at most. Consider closing your faucets between loads as well.

Don’t overload it!

We know that you are in a hurry, but overloading your washing machine is a bad idea. If you want yours to last a long time, then don’t make it work too hard. All of that extra stress will start to wear it down.

Keep it clean

Over time, the soap and softener used in everyday use will accumulate between the tubs, within the pumps and on the door seal. Use periodically a cleaning product such as AFFRESH to clean and deodorize your washer and door seal. Using warm and hot water, depending on the load, will also prevent this accumulation. Hi Efficiency (HE) soaps like MIR and LE CHAT are also a good alternative to regular soaps. Make it a habit to dry-off you rubber door seal with a dry rag at the end of every cycle and keep the door ajar to prevent any mildew formation.

Repairing an appliance is hard work that takes a lot of experience, but some preventative maintenance checks are actually easy enough for our customers to do on their own. Repairs should always be left to appliance repair experts, but knowing how to maintain your washing machine will increase its life and ensure that it is functioning properly. Have a good wash!

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