Washers and dryers that are sold today have a life expectancy from 10 – 14 years, depending on who you ask. To make sure you are getting the full life expectancy out of your washer and dryer, here are some tips.
How to Make Your Washer Last
- Check your inlet or fill hoses every year for leaks and damage. Change your hoses every five years. Over time, rubber hoses can weaken, leak, or even burst, which can lead to catastrophic water damage in your home.
- Use HE laundry detergent in HE washers and be sure to use only the amount necessary.
- Run your machine using full-loads (but not overstuffed) as smaller loads tend to easily become unbalanced.
- Clean your machine regularly.
How to Make Your Dryer Last
- Clean the lint screen or filter before or after each load.
- Regularly clean the dyer vent work.
- Improve your dryer’s airflow with a straight, metal vent.
- Clean the moisture sensor with a little rubbing alcohol if you use dryer sheets, as the sheets can coat this sensor, making it more difficult for the sensor to detect when your laundry is dry.
Your laundry habits also have a great impact on the life expectancy of your washer and dryer, so avoid overstuffing your machines and use the correct amount of detergent.
By providing regular maintenance and care and following good laundry habits, you can be sure to get the full life expectancy out of your appliances.