As thoughts turn to summer, washing machine maintenance might not rank as high as backyard barbecues, pool parties, and family vacations. But if you carve out just a little time, you’ll help avert any potential disasters and headaches when you should be poolside.
Things going wrong with the washing machine ranks as one of the top ten causes of residential water loss, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. Each time a washing machine fails, it costs an average of 5,300 dollars to rectify the situation. A washing machine malfunction is one of those things that can cause a lot of damage in a small amount of time, so it pays to make sure it’s being maintained properly.
Here are some things you can do to get your summer washing machine maintenance out of the way so you can enjoy the sunshine:
- Replace your hoses. More than half the time something goes wrong with the washing machine it is because of bad hoses. Replace your hoses every three to five years. If you have rubber hoses, replace them with braided steel hoses. Once you switch out the hoses, check them annually for any cracks.
- Install a water shutoff system. They’re easy to install and will automatically turn off the water when it detects any sort of malfunction.
- Clean the inside of the tubs. Residue builds up through all your loads of washing. Aim for a monthly cleaning once a month. Use a cleaner designed to wash washing machines, or with hot water and vinegar.
- Make sure your washing machine is level. If you notice any rocking back and forth during wash cycles, it could be because your machine is not sitting even on the floor. You can adjust the front legs with a locknut.
- Check out the rubber gaskets on the washing machine and dryer. Mix up a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to clean them.
- Don’t forget about the fabric softener dispenser. This can get slimy after months of buildup. Wipe it out with a damp cloth.
And no matter what time of year, you should always immediately move washed clothes from the washing machine to the dryer so mold and mildew doesn’t build up. You should also make sure you’re using the proper amount of detergent. Also, if you get any nicks or scratches on your machine, paint the chips so you don’t end up with any rust.
For answers to your questions about washing machines or any other plumbing issue, contact the Pink Plumber today.
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