There are many appliances in your home that get a lot of use every day, including your washer. This is especially true if you have a large family and use your washer on a daily basis. A new washer can be expensive, which is why you need to take proper care of it. Besides making sure you use the right detergent and do not overfill your washer when you are washing clothes, there are other things you can do to keep it running. Below are some tips on how you can do this so it will last you a long time with no problems.
Keep it Level
If you had a professional install your washer for you, they made sure it was level before they left. They do this by checking the washer's feet. Over time, vibrations from your washer will make it rotate out of level. You can easily check the level yourself using a hand level, which you can purchase at a home improvement store. Simply place the level on top of the washer's surface. If you see that it is not level, you will need to rotate the feet of the washer one at a time until it is. You should ask a family member or friend to help you so they can watch the level as you rotate the feet.
Check Water-Fill Hoses
Your washer should fill up with water and empty the water quickly as it is going through the wash cycles. To make sure it continues doing this, check the water-fill hoses periodically for any damage or cracks along their lengths. If you find any type of damage, you should replace the hose. You should also make sure the hose is connected tightly at the wall and washer outlets. If you do not know where the water-fill hose is located for your washer, refer to the user's manual.
You are likely familiar with how to remove lint from your dryer, but you may not know you should remove lint from the washer also. Use a flashlight and look into the washer drum. You should see a lint rack along the edges. Remove the rack by sliding it up and then out, and remove any lint that you see.
If you have questions or are already having problems with your washer, contact an appliance repair service like Better Homes Appliance Service to come to your home. If your washer is new, make sure it is not under warranty first.