Keep Your Washer Running Smoothly with These Maintenance Tips

Taking care of your washing machine isn’t just about keeping it clean; it’s about ensuring it runs efficiently for years to come. At Appliance Professional, we understand that maintaining your washer can seem unnecessary, but it’s crucial for its longevity and performance. Here are some top tips to help you keep your washing machine in top shape.

1. Leave the Door Open

One easy tip that’s necessary for preventing unwanted smells and promoting drying is to leave the washer door or lid open between cycles. This allows air to circulate and dry out any remaining moisture inside the machine, reducing the likelihood of mold and mildew buildup. It’s a small step that can make a significant difference in maintaining your washer’s hygiene and functionality. Plus, it’s recommended by manufacturers for front load washers.

2. Monthly Tub Clean Cycle

Most modern washing machines come equipped with a tub clean cycle, designed specifically to clean the interior components such as the drum and the agitator. This cycle uses hot water combined with high-speed spins to remove any residue, dirt, and detergent build-up. It’s recommended to run a tub clean cycle once a month or whenever you notice any odors or residue. This not only keeps your machine smelling fresh but also removes mold and mildew growth.

To clean your washer, you can either use a commercial washer cleaner or a homemade solution. One effective homemade solution involves using white vinegar and baking soda: add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser and run the washer on the cleaning cycle (or hot water cycle with extra rinse if your unit doesn’t have the clean cycle). Then following the vinegar cycle, sprinkle half a cup of baking soda directly into the drum and run another hot cycle.

This combination helps remove odors, cleanse buildup, and is a natural way to maintain your washer’s cleanliness.

3. Check Seals and Gaskets Regularly

Over time, the seals and gaskets on your washing machine can wear out or get damaged, leading to leaks. Regularly inspect these components for any signs of wear and tear and clean them of buildup using a mild household detergent. If you notice any cracks or splits, it’s time to replace them to keep your machine running efficiently.

4. Use the Right Type and Amount of Detergent

Using too much detergent or the wrong type can lead to excess suds, which can build up in your machine and leave residue on your clothes. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the type and amount of detergent to use. This ensures effective cleaning and prolongs the life of your washing machine.

5. Pay Attention to Unusual Noises

Even with diligent home care, your washer will likely have a problem at some point. Failures are often preceded by noises that aren’t normal. Hearing these noises and taking action quickly may be the difference between having a repair done and needing to scrap the whole unit. If you can pinpoint the source of the noise, you may be able to stop it by readjusting the load of clothing, removing a foreign object, or clearing a clothing article stuck in the door boot. If you can’t figure it out on your own, then call a professional for a full evaluation.

Taking these steps will not only extend the life of your washing machine but also improve its performance and efficiency. Remember, a little care goes a long way in keeping your appliance in great condition. If you encounter any major issues or need professional advice, don’t hesitate to contact our appliance repair experts. We’re here to help you keep your laundry routine uninterrupted and hassle-free!