Back in the day, washing clothes used to be a tedious task. It would take hours upon hours to launder even a handful of outfits. But that is not the case anymore. All thanks to the invention of the washing machine.
Be it lightweight or heavier clothes, a washing machine can remove dirt from all types of garments. You just have to put them in the appliance and press a button. That is about it.
However, sometimes people tend to overuse the washing machine, which triggers common washer and dryer problems. Studies suggest that repairing a washing machine could cost 300 dollars on average. Apart from the financial setbacks, it accounts for a lot of inconveniences as well. If you buy a used washing machine, maintenance becomes even more critical.
But the good news is that you can keep the repairs at a safe distance by subscribing to the following maintenance tips:
- Use The Right Detergent
When it comes to detergent, most homeowners are not too particular about it. Some opt for what is on sale while others simply continue using the same detergent for years out of their loyalty towards brands. Well, you cannot afford to be so casual. The selection of the detergent should be based on the specific model of the washing machine.
For example, if your appliance is energy efficient, you should go for the low-sudsing detergent. Typically, manufacturers mention the kind of detergent that goes best with their washing machine. That way, you are less likely to confront problems with your washing machine along the way.
- Frequently Clean Your Washing Machine
There is a general assumption that washing machines do not require deep cleaning, owing to their regular usage. It cannot get any further from reality. Water contains micro residues. These residues stick to the machine components and, resultantly, clothes do not come out completely clean. So be it a second-hand washing machine or brand new model, all of them require proper tidying up from time to time.
Using a robust machine cleaner is the go-to way to get rid of the scaling. Again, you cannot randomly pick a cleaner from the market. Be sure to buy one that does not damage the appliance.
- Leave The Door Open
People have the tendency to close the machine’s door as soon as they are done washing clothes. They think closing the door will keep the appliance from amassing the dirt inside it. Well, consumers’ assessment is not entirely wrong here. But, mind you, the dampness provides an ample atmosphere to nurture mold. Therefore, you are better off eliminating the moisture before closing the door.
As a rule of thumb, keeping the door open for roughly 20-30 minutes will completely dry the appliance. We would even recommend you wipe the machine’s interiors using a dry towel.
- Keep An Eye On Hoses
Generally, a washing machine features three hoses – a cold-water hose, hot-water hose, and drain hose. These hoses are prone to develop cracks, bulging, and brittleness. This is one of the most frequent problems with front-load washers.
You need to constantly monitor hoses to get away from this menace. The best time to inspect hoses is after you complete a laundry session. If you identify issues with the hose, get rid of it at your earliest. You do not have to be a specialist to replace a hose. In fact, it is one of the most common DIY (Do It Yourself) household repairs.
- Do Not Attach The Machine To The Wall
By keeping the washing machine too close to the wall, you end up sabotaging the hoses big time. To be more precise, it makes hoses bend prematurely. Ideally, there has to be at least a 5-inches distance between the wall and the washing machine. In case you have a smaller laundry room, A1 appliances suggests paying attention to the size of the machine before purchasing.
- Keep The Feet Even
A washing machine with an uneven position on the floor can imbalance the drum to a great degree. Consequently, the drum will not spin appropriately and create noises. If goes down unnoticed, this issue can pave the way for a series of common problems for the washer in the future.
- Avoid Overloading The Machine
Everyone wants to wrap up washing clothes as soon as possible. But that does not mean you should stuff the washing machine more than its capacity. Overloading literally wreaks havoc on the performance of the appliance and increases the chances of major faults. To ensure the smooth operation of your second-hand washing machine, avoid adding more clothes in a single load than the recommended capacity.
- Take Out The Finishes Loads Immediately
Keeping the damp clothes inside the washing machine means inviting mildew and musty smells. So make sure to remove the finished loads instantly from the appliance.
As time goes by, consumers make peace with the lukewarm performance of the washing machine. But you do not necessarily need to compromise on the cleaning experience one bit, regardless of how old your washer maybe. You just have to walk the tight line of the maintenance hacks mentioned above to make the most of your new or used washing machine.