When you purchase a washer and dryer, you hope to have them for at least 15 years. They are built to last that long at least, so when they start to peter out after only a fraction of that time it can raise some alarms. Is it the manufacturer’s fault? Did I receive a bad unit? These are common questions that homeowners ask themselves when their washers and dryers begin to encounter problems.
Some homeowners may rush to take these appliances back to the store, but there is a much more cost-effective way to manage your washer and dryer. It’s actually quite simple: take care of them from the moment you bring them home. This may seem like an obvious answer, but it’s the truth. Taking care of your washer and dryer early in their lifespan – and continuously keeping up with your efforts – will mean that they will last much longer than if they are neglected. Here are some ways to keep your washer and dryer working for a much longer period of time.
Looking After Your Washer
Washing your clothes is essential to you and your family. As an essential tool, the washing machine should be kept in good working order at all times. One way that you can ensure that the washer keeps working is to avoid using harsh cleaning agents and detergents on your clothes. While those chemicals may be effective at removing tough stains from your clothes, they could be causing significant damage to your washing machine. Some of those chemicals could be responsible for corroding the inner components of the machine itself, so be sure to use milder cleaning detergents on your clothes to keep your washing machine running for longer.
Another way to ensure your washing machine works for longer is to clean its interior. Soap scum build-up and other residues can coat the inside of your washing machine after many uses, which can hamper the lifespan of the washer. Most washing machines come with a cleaning function built into the settings, so cleaning the washing machine is actually quite easy to do. If your machine doesn’t have this function, filling the machine half-full with water and with 1-½ cups of bleach and running a regular cycle will do the trick just fine. Be sure to avoid using bleach if your washer has a stainless steel interior, however.
Take Care of Your Dryer
Your dryer will work best if you take care of it from day one. The best way to keep your dryer working at 100 percent is to keep the ventilation system clear. Cleaning the lint trap is a very important part of keeping everything working properly, yet it is often overlooked. A clean lint trap means your clothes will dry better and that you’ll avoid fires. Keeping the hose clear is another important step to ensuring your dryer works well.
One More Step
Another very important facet to a long lasting washer and dryer is to avoid overfilling them both. By properly loading your washer and dryer, you’ll be able to maintain the functionality of both units. Neither were meant to handle all of your clothes at once, so be sure to only fill each to half or three-quarters of their capacity.
Call the Professionals
By following these steps, you’ll be able to keep your washer and dryer running smoother and for a longer period of time than ever. However, your units will need to be serviced from time to time and that is when you should call in the professionals. For an appliane service you can count on, call our Apex Appliance Service office in San Diego County on (800) 603-5543. We’ll make sure your washer and dryer are serviced to the highest standard and will stand the test of time.