Whether you are running a laundry service in a prominent neighborhood or simply enjoy the luxury of having a washer and dryer at home, you need to pay attention to them.
Automatic Washer Maintenance Tips
Whether you have a front loader or top loader washing machine, the following tips help prolong its life.
- 1. Empty Washer As Soon As Possible
Do not leave wet clothes inside the washer; it causes unpleasant odors. Moreover, the moisture it has creates mold and mildew buildup.
- 2. Check the Door
Wetness may cause mold and mildew accumulation on the door, and this may lead to the door being unable to seal properly during wash cycles. Wipe the gaskets dry to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Moreover, leave the door slightly open to allow air to circulate and dry the remaining moisture.
- 3. Don’t Overload Washer.
Overloading leads to poor results and may damage clothes. Loosely fill the machine.
- 4. Perform Periodic Washes
Run the washer without any clothes every two to three times a year. These regular maintenance washes keep the machine and drain pipes clean.
- 5. Keep Machine Leveled
- 6. Inspect the Hoses
Inspect the hose to prevent your home from flooding. An unattended water hose may burst without knowing. Replace hoses every five years.
- 7. Clean the Exterior of the Washer
The exterior of the washer is as important as the interior. Wash buttons and control dials, touch up scratches, and gashes.
Dryer Maintenance Tips
The same with washers; your dryer needs preventive maintenance to run smoothly.
- 1. Remove Lints
Lints are harmful to your dryer. A dryer can erupt flames if lint builds up. It is best to remove them and clean the lint screen to prevent fire in your home.
- 2. Clean the Venting Duct
Clean the venting duct once a year. If you do not know how to do this properly, ask for professional help.
- 3. Don’t Place Soiled Items in the Dryer.
Do not put anything that is soiled in the dryer. You have to keep the dryer clean to make it run efficiently. If you go to the beach or pool and have a wet towel or clothes, run them first in the washer before placing them inside the dryer.
- 4. Use Liquid Fabric Softener
Dryer sheets are cheaper, but it leaves residue in the dryer that clogs vents and reduces drying efficiency. Thus, use liquid fabric softener, a better option for your dryer.
- 5. Balance Load and Don’t Overload
The same with your washing machine, do not overload the dryer. It has to be loosely filled to ensure its maximum performance and longevity.
You see, basic washer and dryer maintenance are not that difficult. You only have to do it regularly to ensure you can save yourself some stress and money.
If unfortunate events happen and you have a problem with your washer and dryer, it is time to call for professional help and have it repaired. In the meantime, let the laundry pickup and delivery service handle your laundry!