A little care and regular maintenance can help extend the life of your washer and prevent breakdowns. No matter if you have a Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Kenmore or Samsung washer, these tips will help you to make your washer last.
Not only that, it can also prevent damage to your home. Here are the tips to making 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.
If you do have a washer breakdown, check out our free DIY Washer Repair Help Guide to find out what could be wrong with your washer yourself.
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Depending on your busy schedule, laundry is one of our main chores to do for ourselves during the week. Not only can this chore be time consuming and frustrating when we do not have enough time in our day, but it can be even more aggravating when we lose our clothes. How many times have you put socks or other small garments in the washer/dryer and then not have been able to find them? Although some may think this is some magical power that the washer or dryer has, you can almost always get them back because they are simply just stuck inside a part of the machine.
Some washer parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a washing machine according to sales from our website.
Agitator Dogs – Also called agitator directional cogs ( or dog ears), these cogs or dogs are made of hard plastic and can wear out over time. If your top-loading washer will not rotate or agitate your wash, and you can turn the top of the agitator without turning the bottom of the agitator, then you may need to replace this part.
Watch the video below to see how to replace the agitator dogs on a washer. Continue reading
A noisy washer can indicate something as simple as an unbalanced load or a metal buckle from clothing hitting the drum when washing, or else a more serious problem from a defective washer part. Determining the causes behind a noisy washer might take some time and some parts that are causing the noise are incredibly time-consuming to reach and replace. Here are some things you can check and some parts that might be causing noise from your washing machine.
One simple thing you can do is run your washer without anything inside (so an empty load). This will allow you to listen to the appliance at work. It might also indicate that the problem is not with your washer, but with a particular load of laundry. However, if you do notice an unusual noise, try to take note at what part of the cycle you hear it as this might give you a clue as to what part could be causing the noise.
While your washer is off and empty, spin the tub or drum by hand. If you hear a lot of noise or there is a lot of back and forth wobbling movement, this might indicate a problem with the drum’s support parts or bearing.
Drain pump or pump and motor assembly
Noise during or after the spin cycle could indicate a problem with the drain pump or pump and motor assembly (depending on your model). The drain pump pumps the water out the machine before and during Continue reading
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.
You load your washing machine and start the wash cycle like any other day. It fills, agitates, but doesn’t drain, leaving you with a washer full of water and wet clothes. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, there is a good chance that you can repair this yourself by checking a few common areas on your washer.
WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more
The Outer Drain Hose
The Outer Drain Hose will usually be the larger hose on the back of your washer. One end will be connected to the Drain Pump and the other will typically be in a designated Continue reading
Replacing a washer suspension spring how-to repair video
If your washer vibrates or moves across the floor during the spin cycle, it might be due to improper leveling, flooring or possibly a broken or worn part on your machine. Here are some things to do and parts to check in order to fix the problem yourself.
This is the simplest fix. Stop the washer and try redistributing the load or try adding more items to the load. Be sure to “balance” you laundry loads by washing similarly-weight items together. Example, wash a load of towels together, a load of shirts together or with items of a similar weight. However, if your washer continues to vibrate or walk across the floor regardless of load size, then it’s time to look at other reasons.
Your washer and dryer need spring cleaning too. Here’s how to clean them and what parts to check for wear and tear. Check out our Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen Appliances.
Use a washer cleaner like affresh Washer Tub Cleaner to clean the inside of your washer. Affresh breaks up odor causing residue, mold and mildew that can lead to bad smells from your washer, especially in HE washers.
If you have a Continue reading
Washers within washers, appliances controlled by apps and appliances that talk to each other were showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show which just closed in Las Vegas this month.
Among the appliances unveiled, Whirlpool showed off a Smart Top Load washer with a touchscreen that simply asks what you’re washing and how you want it be cleaned, replacing confusing settings like “permanent press.” Instead, Continue reading
If your washer leaves your laundry smelling bad it might be time to clean your washer. Dirt, grime, soap-scum and odor -causing bacteria might be hanging out inside your washer and transferring to your clothes. If you have a front-loading, high-efficiency washer, you could have a worse bacteria problem, as the sealed environment keeps water and moisture in causing bacteria to grow.
Make sure Continue reading