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Your washer and dryer are two of the hardest-working appliances in your home. Keep them in good working condition, and they'll add loads of convenience to your life for years to come. Read this guide for easy ways to maintain your washer and dryer.
Though most machines jiggle occasionally because of an unbalanced load, a machine that shakes, rattles or shuts off during the spin cycle may not be level.
How to Level a Washing Machine: Stop a walking washer, and end up with cleaner clothes in the process, by leveling the machine in five steps:
Some washing machines are self-leveling and only need a tilt to the front and rear to automatically adjust the legs.
The rubber hoses that supply hot and cold water to your washer can become brittle over time, potentially leading to flooding.
How to Prevent Supply Hose Disasters: Avoid coming home to find a flooded laundry room by following a few simple steps:
If your clothes aren't drying well or there's excess moisture in your laundry room, you probably have a blocked dryer vent.
How to Clean a Dryer Vent:
Clean your lint filter after each use and regularly perform dryer maintenance. A buildup of lint poses a serious fire risk.
Prevent odors caused by bacteria:
Washing machine cleaner removes and prevents odor-causing agents in your appliance. Follow manufacturer's guidelines for usage recommendations.
1. Don't overload it. When washers and dryers are overloaded they perform inefficiently. Break big loads up into smaller piles to extend the life of the motor and use less energy.
2. Use it or lose it. If you're not planning to use your washer for an extended period of time, turn off the water flow to the washer. Otherwise, constant water pressure may cause or exacerbate leaks.
3. Give it some air. Over time, small amounts of stagnant water can lead to mildew and odors. Leave the lid open between washings to allow the drum to dry.
4. Soap is for interiors, not exteriors. Clean spills quickly, as most appliances are painted with synthetic enamel that may be damaged by chlorine bleach, ammonia, solvents and other chemicals.