How to extend the life of your washing machine in 10 easy steps!

  • Check water inlet hoses. Every few months or so, make sure there are no bulges, cracks or leaks and the fittings are tight.
  • Don’t overload. Oversized loads can cause catastrophic damage to your washing machine, so do smaller loads.
  • Use the right detergent. Make sure you’re using the right stuff for your model. Most energy-efficient washers require a low-sudsing detergent.
  • Use the right amount of detergent. Too much detergent will leave a residue and is hard on your washer.
    Pods make it easy, but if you’re using liquid, measure according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Clean inside the drum and dispensers. This will help keep it clean and smelling fresh.
    Every 1 to 3 months, depending on use, run an empty load of hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar on Heavy cycle.
    In the middle of the wash cycle, add ½ cup of detergent. Let the full cycle complete.
  • Wipe down the drum, door and gasket. Doing this once a month will help ensure the washer won’t give off odors that can seep into your laundry. Use equal parts water and vinegar to clean the gasket.
  • Leave the door open after a load. To reduce the chance of mildew and bad smells, always keep the door open when not in use.
  • Move clean laundry to the dryer shortly after it’s done. Leaving wet clothes in the washer can create mold and mildew.
  • Don’t slam the door.
    The locking mechanism is plastic and slamming the door can cause an expensive repair.
  • Check and clean drain pump filter on front-loading washers. Consult your owner’s manual for location. A clogged filter can cause washing machine to not spin or drain.

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