Washers and dryers are among the more expensive appliances in our homes, so we want them to last as long as possible. Proper care of your washer and dryer will extend the life of these appliances and cut down on calls to the service repair people.
Make sure your washing machine is level. An unbalanced machine will cause strong vibrations that could damage not only your floor, but also the machine itself. Adjust the front legs using a bubble level to ensure the legs are even, then tighten the lock against the machine.
Wipe down the exterior of the machine as well as the gaskets and glass doors. This will help lengthen the life of the machine.
Both washers and dryers collect lint. Remove lint from the dryer lint screen after every use. If you have a top-loading washing machine, check for lint in the center tube. Front-loading washing machines often collect lint under the seal around the door. Failure to remove this lint can cause the lint to be removed during the drain cycle and could cause buildup in the drain pipes.
Make sure your dryer is properly vented. A buildup of excess lint in the vent can cause the dryer to release carbon monoxide into the air, compromising air quality. Also, an accumulation of excess lint can cause a fire, so make sure your dryer is properly vented to the exterior of your house.
Check the water hoses to your washer periodically for signs of wear. Manufacturers recommend these hoses be replaced every 5 years.
Try not to overdry your clothes. This not only wastes energy but also puts extra wear and tear on your dryer.
When you are away on an extended vacation, unplug your washer and dryer and turn off the water supply to your washer to prevent accidental flooding.
These steps can help you keep your washer and dryer in great working condition for years, cut down your electricity usage, and keep your house safe from water leaks and damaging dryer fires.