Washer Repair, tips and tricks…
Laundry day is coming. You both dread and anticipate it. After all, who actually enjoys classifying whites and colors, or going through the pain of sorting petite from machine-washable clothes? Yet, like it or not, the washing machine is a prime example of an appliance that many people these days just can’t imagine living without, even though it may cause some headache every now and then with its glitches and inconveniences. To keep inconsistencies to a minimum, it’s best to keep washing machines, like all appliances, carefully maintained and cleaned. It may seem oxymoronic, cleaning a machine that cleans, but it is still necessary. Here are some tips and suggestions for avoiding washer repair and keeping your washing machine happy (and in turn, you) from your local appliance repair team in the yellow booties:
- Checking water-fill hoses and fittings. After a couple years of use, the hoses in a washer may deteriorate. It is always good to check every once in a while if the hoses are cracked, blistered, or leaking. Similarly, check the fittings surrounding to see if they are corroded in any manner. Should you find any of these warning signs, you need to replace the hoses and fittings immediately, preferably with higher-quality steel hoses. We specialize in any kind of washer repair and can help you with any maintenance or installation issues. However, the main issue, above all, is always your safety: should a blistered hose burst, hundreds of gallons of water can be spilled in just an hour. If the water is hot, it is particularly dangerous to the surrounding appliances and you. It is recommended to replace washer hoses every 3-5 years.
- Diluting detergent and fabric softeners. These liquids are generally very thick and as a result, can clog the water dispenser drawer and jets, potentially leading bacteria to build up. It’s recommended to dilute the detergent and fabric softener with water, usually about a 50/50 division.
- Cleaning the dispensers. If the dispensers become clogged or leak detergent, it’s a good idea to take them out and clean them thoroughly. If it’s possible to remove the dispenser drawer, soak it in hot water and scrub with an old toothbrush. Furthermore, it’s beneficial to scrub the dirty spots, or “gunk,” on the roof of the machine where the jets are located with hot water. If the dispenser drawer is unable to be removed, then run hot water through it until it appears to be clean and ready to use again.
- Leveling the washer. When washing machines are in use, they may vibrate from the heavy spinning cycles. It’s a must to keep the washing machine level on the ground, otherwise it will violently rock back and forth and as a consequence, may become damaged or damage other appliances. You can level the washer with a simple leveler and by adjusting its front or back legs.
- Cleaning the interior. It’s recommended to run a maintenance wash once every 1-3 months by setting the washing machine to its hottest temperature and letting it run (without any clothes inside!). Some sources recommend adding 2-3 cups of white, distilled vinegar to the empty wash, which will help in the cleaning process. If the tub contains some signs of bacterial residue, put in some lime scale remover or soda crystals.
- Cleaning the exterior. Keep your washing machine pretty! It’s fine to use general dish detergent and a wet sponge or rag to help keep it nice and polished. Be careful with stain removers or other stronger chemicals, however, like ammonia or bleach, because they might damage the surface.
It’s not necessary to be hypersensitive towards the state of your washing machine, but it certainly is beneficial to be aware of potential problems and issues. If you ever have any questions, or if your washing machine decides to up and stop listening to you one day, please don’t hesitate to call us at SoBellas Appliance Repair. We serve in 3 locations in 2 states, serve more than 35,000 customers, and offer same day service calls. We’ll help keep your washing machine happy (and in turn, you)! Contact us for any questions on your local appliance repair issues today.