General care for your washing machine
Day to Day Care for washing machine maintenance
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Our Top Tips
A little day to day care with your machine could help you make the most out of your appliance, ultimately saving you hassle and money in the long run.
Here are our tips on how you can take care of your machine.
1: Inspect the hoses
Check your machine’s hoses for any form of wear or weakness. It is advised to do this once every few months, at least twice a year. If you discover any damages like cracks, blistering, or splits, then you should replace the hose. This kind of damage could cause a leak, or even a burst, which would could be costly in flood damage.
Most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every 5 years, but it is always advisable to check regularly the state of yours.
2: Don't overload or unbalance your load
Overloaded or unbalanced loads can cause many unseen damages to your machine. It may seem harmless to throw that one towel in with your t-shirts, or shove in those last few items, but this is best to be avoided. Causing the drum to shake more, this can result in excessive wear and tear to the inner workings of the machine, putting excessive pressure on various parts connected to the drum, like the bearings and springs.
3: Level it out
An unbalanced or unleveled washing machine can not only be very noisy, but it may wobble and vibrate strongly. It is advised to keep the machine as close to the floor as possible, positioned on the most level spare of floor you have available. However, feet are adjustable with a locknut, and are easily positioned to level out your machine. If any have broken, or aren’t adjustable, then you could simply replace them. This could save you a headache when your machine no longer shakes and rattles the whole house.
4: Clean the inside monthly
Detergent residue easily builds up inside washing machine drums, increasing grime in your machine. To keep your yours fresh and gleaming, use a cleaner once a month to keep your machine working efficiently.
5: Clean out the fabric softener dispenser
Liquid fabric softener can build up in your dispenser to a gooey, clogged up mess. It’s easily solved by periodically cleaning out your dispenser with hot water and a cloth to prevent major clogging or gunky softener effecting your laundry.
Looking after your machine could save you expensive electrician bills, prolonging the life of your machine so as to save your wallet having to splurge on a new machine.
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