How to Make Your Washer Last

How to make your washing machine lastA 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.

If you need washer parts or accessories, find them online at www.pcappliancerepair.com.

 

 

Why Do My Clothes Go Missing in My Washer?

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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.

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Samsung Recalls Millions of Top-Load Washing Machines

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Model numbers and serial information can be found on two labels affixed to the back of the machine. Consumers can also contact Samsung to see if their washer is involved in the recall.

Samsung will offer owners of the recalled washers repairs, refunds and replacements after receiving 733 reports that the washer lids detached during operation, causing injury and damage to owner’s homes.

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10 DIY Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

3559029_l (1)As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).

This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience.  Continue reading

Why Does My Washer Vibrate? Causes Behind a Washer That Moves and Shakes

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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.

Uneven load

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.
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How to dispose of, donate or recycle old appliances

Old refrigerators waiting to be recycled Before you haul that old garage refrigerator to the curb, check to make sure how you should properly dispose of it. Here are some environmentally-friendly and lawful ways of disposing of your old appliance.

Remember, you can be held liable and fined if you do not handle the disposal of your old appliance or electronics correctly. Be sure to check with your state, city or town to know what laws are in effect in order to follow them.

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Spring Cleaning and Your Laundry Room Appliances

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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.

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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.

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What’s the best way to clean a baseball cap?

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Like everything, a beloved baseball cap will get dirty. So what’s the right way to wash it?

First, check the care label and construction

Most caps are made out of cotton, cotton twill, cotton polyester, or jersey with a plastic form replacing traditional cardboard brim, according to QualityLogoProducts.com.

Baseball caps made of wool, need special care (see below).

Washer, dishwasher or handwash?

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Spooky noises from your appliances

What's causing those spooky noises coming from your appliances?All appliances make noises, but some sounds can signify trouble with your appliance. Here are some possible causes – and solutions – to the squealing, thumps and bangs from your appliances.

Clothes Dryer

Grinding sound
Worn drum glides. The drum glides provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. Over time, these parts can become worn and will need to be replaced.

Rumbling or thumping sound
Worn drum support rollers which support the dryer drum as it spins. Over time, the rollers wear down and the shape of the rollers change and become elongated, forcing the drum to spin up and down on the non-round wheel surfaces.

Squealing
Dryer belt needs replacement.

Washing Machine

Loud banging
A loud banging from your washer when it’s in use might mean an unbalanced load. Stop the cycle by opening the lid and redistributing the items inside the washer’s tub. Overloading and under loading the machine might also be the issue. Either remove items, especially items that tend to absorb more water, or add items to balance out the load.

Use a levelling tool to make sure your machine is level and adjusts the leveling legs if needed.
Banging sounds and shaking might be caused by broken or worn parts that support the tub. Manually spin the tub of your machine while it is not in use and listen for any noises while it spins.
A bad rear bearing that sits in the outer tub and supports the spin basket could be worn or bad, causing the basket to move around during use causing extra noise.

Broken suspension rods which support the tub could also be the reason for a noisy washer. If the tub appears crooked inside the machine, it could indicate one of the rods has broken.

Shock absorbers support the tub while the washer is running. Worn shock absorbers could be the reason your washer is noisier than normal.

Dishwasher
Noisy or increased noise
An increased noise from your dishwasher could indicate a clogged or defective drain pump. Check to see if there is a blockage in the drain pump. If there is none, then the pump might be defective.

Squealing sounds
High-pitched squealing sounds when the washer is filling might indicate a low water pressure problem. Increasing the water pressure should fix this. If not, there might be a problem with the water inlet valve which will need to be looked at and possibly replaced.

Refrigerator
Squealing, rumbling sounds
Squealing or rumbling sounds from your refrigerator might mean that the evaporator motor is on its way out.

Squealing or chirping
A bad evaporator fan

Washer does not fill or fills slowly with water

If your washing machine doesn’t fill or fills slowly with water, it could be a problem with the washer fill hoses or water-inlet valve.

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A slow filling washer is usually caused by a clogged screen either on the end of your washer fill hose or on the water-inlet valve, a part inside your appliance. Sediment and minerals in water (especially well water) can clog up either one or both of these screens, blocking water from reaching your washing machine. This more commonly happens in the cold water hose, but sediment and mineral deposits can build upon the end of both hoses and on both screens.

First, turn off the water supply to your washer. Next, unscrew the water fill hoses from your washer. Check the end of each hose to see if there is a screen inside. If there is, use a tweezers to remove it and clean, or try using a cotton swab to clean the screen inside of the hose. If this is not possible, replace the inlet hoses with new ones. Consider upgrading to stainless steel braided hoses which are more resistant to bursting.

Next, check the back of the washer where the washer hoses connected and look at the fill valve screen. If the screen is clogged with dirt or sediment, replace with a new water-inlet valve.

To find the right part for your washing machine, locate it’s model number and use that when searching or ordering your part from www.pcappliancerepair.com. For more washer repair help, visit the Washer Repair Help Section.