Whether your a small family or a large one, your washing machine and dryer are the most used machines in any household. Anyone who has had their washing machine break knows the pain that ensues when this valuable machine is out of order.
Today we are sharing how to love your washing machine with a few easy-to-follow maintenance tips and DIY repair solutions.
Life is Hectic, but Check These Daily
Life is busy and it never fails that when you need something the most, that’s when it’s bound to break. However, just like your car needs regular maintenance, so does your washing machine. Here are a few things you should do every time you use your machine to keep it running smoothly for longer:
- Don’t overload it. The harder your washer has to work, the more money and energy you waste. Not to mention how much more wear and tear it’s enduring.
- Select the proper load size. Modern washing machines are smart and some even can select the load size automatically. If your machine doesn’t automatically sense load size, then make sure you’re making the right selection before running a load.
- Use the right detergent. Make sure you’re using the right kind of detergent for your washing machine. Regular detergents in a HE washing machine encourage mold buildup. They also generate more suds than the machine can handle and can create problems.
- Use the right amount of detergent. Too much detergent will leave a residue and is harder on your washer. Pods make it easy, but should you use one pod or two like they show in the commercials? Measure according to your manufacturer’s directions.
- Leave the door ajar after a load. Ever notice a smell when you open your washer to start a load? This can help with that.
- Transfer clean laundry to the dryer as soon as it’s done. Letting wet clothes sit can trigger mold and mildew.
- Wipe down the drum and the gasket. Doing this will help ensure that odors don’t creep in unexpectedly. Use equal parts vinegar and water to clean the gasket and promptly dry it with a clean, lint free cloth.
- Check for “Lost” Items. Look often for small items, such as socks, that can get caught in the door seal. Pull back the seal and carefully inspect all areas. If a small item goes undetected, it becomes moldy.
- Inspect the hoses. Make sure there are no bulges or cracks and the fittings are tight.
DIY Solutions for Common Problems
Whether you’re trying to save a few dollars or not, it can be to your benefit to see if a quick fix might be in order for your broken appliance. Here are a few common problems you might be able to solve yourself.
- Won’t Turn On? First make sure the washer is plugged in and that the circuit hasn’t been tripped. Then, after redistributing the load to make sure the load is even, close the lid tightly and try starting it again.
- Won’t Drain? If you open the lid after a wash and find your clothes are swimming in water, first check the drain hose for clogs.
- Won’t Fill? Check to make sure the hoses are not kinked or disconnected. Also, check to ensure that the faucet is fully open and not shut off. Look behind your washer to see if you can spot any problems such as those listed above.
- Won’t Spin? Make sure the door is latched properly.
- Rocks or Vibrates? It may be that your load is distributed unevenly inside the drum or you may need to check if the legs on your washing machine are level.
If the problem continues despite your best efforts, give PDQ Repair a call to come and take a look. It could be a more serious problem, so don’t put off getting a professional opinion. Our expert technicians can diagnose and repair the problem. Give us a call today.