When you have a large family with constant laundry needs, the last situation you want to find yourself in is dealing with a broken-down washing machine. Whether you opt to call a washer and dryer repair service to have the problem professionally fixed or begin shopping for a new appliance, the reality is that you might be spending some time without the use of a functional washing machine in your home. You can often increase the length of your washing machine by caring for it properly. Here are three different strategies that you can put into place.
Don't Overdo The Soap
When you're dealing with a load of clothing that is exceptionally dirty – such as your children's soccer uniforms – it's easy to be tempted to increase the amount of soap that you add to the washing load. The problem with this strategy is that it can leave your clothing with a soapy residue at the end of the washing cycle. This means that you'll have to run some or all of the affected clothing through at least a rinse cycle again, which adds unnecessary wear and tear to the washing machine. Consult your manual to learn exactly how much soap to add and be sure to stick to this guideline. If clothes are highly dirty, simply spot clean them in advance.
Reduce Unnecessary Vibration
Excess vibration can be detrimental to the health of your washing machine. Any time the appliance moves and shakes more than it should, there's a risk of some of the moving parts loosening and wearing out. The simplest way to gauge whether your washing machine is vibrating too much is to focus on the noise it makes during the spin cycle; if the machine is vibrating and even banging the floor, it's not level. Restore the machine's levelness by manually adjusting the feet. Place a level across the top of the washing machine and turn the feet until the level indicates that the machine is level.
Leave The Lid Open
Keeping the machine's lid or door open when you're not using it is an effective way to allow the inside of the washing machine to dry out. When you're in the habit of leaving the lid or door closed, mildew growth can often occur. Over a long period, you can reach the point that this mildew growth is serious enough that it requires you to replace the appliance prematurely.