Owning great appliances comes with it great responsibility. There are many things we can do to increase the efficiency of our appliances and extend their functioning life. It’s a simple matter of finding the time to do these things. Keeping up on the care of our appliances on a timely routine helps. Today we would like to give you a few pointers on caring for your washer and dryer. These appliances not only require maintenance, but by doing so it means your appliances will prosper and the clothes you entrust them with will be prolonged as well.
Before/After Every Washer Use
– Confirm your washer is level and well grounded.
– Use proper detergent and amount for every load. Check manufacturer manual to make sure you are using the appropriate detergents.
– Avoid leaving loads of damp clothes in the washer as this contributes to mildew and mold. After the load of clothes has reached the end of the cycle, transfer it to the dryer.
– Wipe down access moisture from door and gaskets after each use, if the door is on top, leave it open to increase air circulation.
Before/After Every Dryer Use
– Clean out the dryer lint before and after every load to enhance performance.
– Wipe down any fly away lint that may have landed on the surface areas of the dryer.
Monthly Washer/Dryer Maintenance
– Inspect the dryer exhaust duct for crimps, unnecessary bends and clogs.
– Probe your washer’s hoses for bulges, loose gaskets, cracks and leaks. Should your hose burst, hundreds of gallons of water could flood your home and create damage to possessions and structure. Hoses should be replaced every five years. If they are damaged upon your inspection, replace immediately. If gaskets are loose, take the time to tighten them.
– Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, and wash rubber gaskets and drums found in both appliances.
– Clean drain pipe filter on front- loading washing machines.
Quarterly Washer/Dreyer Maintenance
– Wash down the dryer lint filter with detergent to clean fine chemical residue build up and increase air flow capability.
Yearly Washer/Dryer Maintenance
– Clean the exterior exhaust duct line of lint and debris thoroughly. Clogged ducts are a major cause of home fires and can be greatly reduced if cleaned out at least once a year. If you notice the dryer needing two or three cycles to dry a load, chances are you have an obstruction and cleaning it out will give your dryers quality efficiency back.
Final Washer/Dryer Maintenance Tips
– Replace vinyl exhaust ducts with metal ductwork to lessen the chance of fires.
– Braided-metal mesh hoses are superior to rubber hoses. If your washer’s hoses are rubber, reinstate the braided-metal mesh to reduce bursting hoses.
– Filling nicks and scratches on the surface areas of your appliances should be touched up with paint to avoid rusting.
Professional Washer/Dryer Preventive Maintenance & Repairs in Cedar Park, Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Frisco, Allen, Plano, San Antonio and Dallas Texas
Like all appliances, washers and dryers sometimes require additional repairs and maintenance to run properly. Should your appliances need any TLC call a skilled technician from Southwest Appliance Repair to get them in working order.