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Easy Do-In-Yourself Washing Machine Maintenance

Blog / October 16, 2014

In order to make your appliances last many years, it is important to maintain them properly. Without basic maintenance, some appliances can create serious messes when they break down.

Take the washing machine, for example. This appliance has several working parts that are easy to check on a monthly basis. If you do not check out the parts of your washing machine, you run the risk of leaks that could become much bigger.

If those leaks become gushes and the water is hot, you not only run the risk of a big mess, but you put people in danger of being scalded by that hot water.

Check the Hoses

Washing Machine Maintenance - Check the HoseOn a monthly or bimonthly basis, it is helpful to check your washing machine hoses. This maintenance task is one of the easiest to do yourself because you simply have to conduct a visual inspection of the hoses from the water source.

When you check the hoses, you should look for cracks and blisters that could turn into larger cracks and blisters. On average, washing machine hoses need to be replaced on a five-year basis. If you currently have rubber hoses, you could consider stainless steel hoses because they last longer than the rubber ones last.

Balance the Machine

Another simple washing machine maintenance task is leveling the washing machine. When washing machines are not level, the spin cycle becomes loud and dangerous. An unbalanced washing machine will bang into the wall or the dryer and some will begin to hobble around the laundry room.

If the machine wobbles away from the wall, the hoses could become disconnected. The front legs on most washing machines are adjustable and have a locking nut to hold them in place. It is an easy do-it-yourself task to use your level and set the front legs to keep the machine balanced.

If you have a machine with all four adjustable legs, the level will help there, too. It is best to set the machine to the lowest possible level because it prevents vibration from the legs lowering.

When you need to adjust the legs in the back of the machine, most machines will adjust simply by tilting the machine forward off of the back legs. The rear legs will “reset” and when you lower the machine back down, the legs will balance with the front legs.

Prevent Water Damage

Because broken hoses or unbalanced machines can result in problems with water, you should know where your water shutoff is. If you do not have a water shut off system, it is a good idea to hire a plumber to install one or you could install one yourself.

Another useful preventative measure is to use a washing machine overflow pan to keep your floor protected from any water damage. An overflow pan is more useful to collect small drips.

Clean the Interior and Exterior

Washing machines need clean on the outside and inside. Washing machines have either steel or porcelain cabinets which can be easily cleaned. You can use a damp cloth with liquid dish soap to clean the cabinet. If you need a little extra cleaning, non-abrasive cleaners can be used on porcelain cabinets.

If you see paint chips or scratches, there is nothing wrong with using touch-up paint to prevent rust. The inside drum can be cleaned with hot water and a cleanser designed for the interior. You can prevent moisture build-up by keeping the door of the machine open between loads. Experts suggest cleaning the inside and outside on a monthly basis.

Remove the Lint

The washing machine also catches lint. The lint often goes down the drain and can create clogs. Washing machines come with lint filters on the agitator. You will need to move the tube and clean out the lint. Just don’t forget to put the tube back on the agitator so it can continue to catch lint for you.