WASHERS

8 Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

  1. Inspect the hoses.

  2. Don't overload it. 

  3. Use the right type of detergent.

  4. Use the right amount of detergent.

  5. Clean the interior and dispensers. 

  6. Wipe down the drum, door and gasket. 

  7. Leave the door ajar after a load.

  8. Transfer clean laundry to the dryer as soon as it's done.

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6 Signs You Need Washing Machine Repair

1. The washer makes excessive noise.

If you're hearing a ton of noise while washing your underwear, socks and other apparel, your washer may be off balance. Try rearranging the clothes so they're evenly dispersed. If, after several attempts, rearranging clothes is not successful, try moving the washer so it's level and as close to the floor as possible. If this doesn't help, your drum or motor mount may be loose. The fix itself is easy, but accessing the drum or mount is tricky. You may want to call a washer repair service.

2. Water doesn't fill the drum

If the water isn't filling up, there are many possible causes, such as a kink in your hose, a delayed cycle selection or the hot and cold water faucets not being turned on. A clogged filter or a water intake valve may be to blame. When addressing these issues does not correct the problem, you may want to seek professional assistance.

3. The drum isn't turning.

If the drum isn't spinning, try checking the belts and the lid switch. While the belt is fairly easy to replace, the lid switch is another story. This part requires a great deal of work to replace. If you're not completely sure how to do so, contact a professional.

4. Water remains in the drum.

Once the laundry finishes its cycle, there should not be any remaining water. Check to see if clothing has tangled up and blocked the pump. You also may want to evaluate the drain hose for clogs. If these aren't the problem, the cause may be your water pump. Replacing a pump isn't a simple task and is best left to the professionals.

5. The washing machine needs electrical work.

This can be a washer problem, but you might not be able to tell if this is an issue by yourself. Any electrical work or wiring is best left to the pros. It's dangerous for a person who is not professionally trained to work on these issues. Plus, electrical or wiring malfunction can lead to significant damage.

6. You don't know what's wrong.

If you have absolutely no idea what's wrong with your washer, call an expert. The inner workings of your washer are composed of many intricate components. If you're not 100 percent sure what the problem is, you're likely wasting your time. An expert will determine the problem quickly and may save you money. Not to mention, you may make the problem worse.

Somewhere along the line, whether you realize it or not, there is a good chance you have spilled food inside your oven. It could have boiled over the top of your casserole dish or splattered as something began to heat up. Did you clean it up? Unlikely. Most often, when the food is done, we pull it out, feast on our deliciousness, and move on. Right?

This means that the next time you go to bake something in your oven, you are going to get those drippings and splatters nice and crispy. And, probably add more to them. Then the next time, you do it again. Over and over.

Before long, your oven is not going to look too clean – and attempting to clean it is going to be quite the chore.

Just like a car requires routine maintenance to ensure it runs at its optimal level, so does your oven.

Here are a few oven maintenance to help you keep your range in top condition.

MAKE YOUR OVEN LAST

Make Use of Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Feature

Most ovens have these, but very few people are familiar with how it works. Read your manual or contact the manufacturer. Be sure to wipe down the inside of the oven after it cools down. And, whatever you do, never start the self-cleaning feature and leave home.

Clean Your Oven Regularly

Experts say that you should give your oven a thorough cleaning at least twice each year. Of course, if you use it daily, you may want to increase that cleaning routine to, say, every couple of months. Leaving burnt food to continue to re-burn with every use will eventually cause your oven to work less efficiently. Not to mention that the continuous smell of burnt food every time you use it will eventually start affecting the taste of your new meal.

Don’t Remove Your Oven’s Knobs

These knobs are directly connected to your oven’s control system. When you remove them to spray cleaner on them, you are actually putting yourself at risk of electrocution. As tempting as it is to clean them this way, don’t. Leave your knobs right where they are.

Inspect and Replace Your Gas Line

Every time you purchase a new oven, you should always update your gas line, too. It seems like a logical thing to do, right? After all, a fresh line means less chance of a leak down the road. But, here’s the thing – what if you have invested in a well-working oven and you don’t plan on upgrading anytime soon? If you have had your oven for a while, you may want to take the time to inspect the line. If it looks at all worn, replace it.

Always Unplug Your Oven When You Clean

Now, we aren’t necessarily referring to when you decide to wipe down the stovetop. Or even clean your oven’s glass window. But, because this is an electrical appliance that is not made for dealing with water or lots of liquid cleaners, by leaving it plugged in you are putting yourself at risk for electrocution.

Be safe – always unplug it.

Check Your Element (Burners) Regularly

If you see any debris on it, any deformities, or a spot that glows a little bit brighter than the rest, you are going to want to replace it. It can spark and create a flame as it shorts out. Generally, it’s a rather minor issue. However, it can result in heavy damage to the appliance. As soon as you notice this, stop using your oven and replace the burner/element.

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