Just like a car, TV, and a PC, a washing machine is an investment by itself. So naturally, you want to have it working for as long as possible, and that requires a keen eye and maintenance.
That is why we are going to show you how to do just that. There are measures that can be taken to ensure the longevity of the washing machine before and after use. We are going to talk about both, alongside some general advice and what to do in case of a broken part.
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1. General Advice
Make sure that you install the washing machine on a flat surface. When the machine is working, it causes a lot of vibration.
This can lead to damage to the washing machine is located on a slippery or unbalanced surface, while also damaging the bathroom tiles.
It doesn’t hurt to press a corner of the washing machine from time to time, to make sure the legs are leveled.
Run an empty cycle with hot water and detergent once every so often to prevent any build-up of germs, and to keep the interior squeaky clean. Make sure that there is always a distance of 10 – 15 cm from the wall. This is done so that the hose doesn’t twist somewhere.
2. Pre-use Maintenance Tips
This goes without saying but, before starting the washing process, always check for metals and electric devices! Don’t let a moment of laziness or forgetfulness cost you a hefty amount of cash to buy a new phone (and worst-case scenario, a new washing machine).
When you are putting the clothes inside of the machine, do not try to maximize the number of things that can physically fit inside of it. It is not a good move by any means.
Don’t overdo the detergent either. Just because there is more of it, does not mean it will clean more. If something feels wrong, whether it’s not washing properly, water is leaking, the machine is bouncing, don’t open the machine yourself!
It is very likely that taking the matter into your own hands can just deepen the problem. Call a service technician, these people are trained for these types of problems. Just think of it objectively from a risk-reward standpoint.
By toying with the machine yourself, you risk damaging (and possibly breaking) the machine and having to get a new one.
If you call a qualified technician then it will be dealt with for only a small fraction of what it would cost to buy a new one. Don’t let your ego dictate reason, especially with such expensive devices.
3. Choice of Detergent
Contrary to popular belief, you should use less and not more detergent. The amount of detergent you put in is not a general rule. Check the manual on what is the optimal amount of detergent to use. It will usually differ from machine to machine.
When using a newer washing machine, it might be needed to use high-efficiency laundry soap that is specially formulated to prevent too many suds. Generally, you want to avoid relying on powdered detergent for all of your needs.
Use liquid detergents for greasy stains and powder for getting muddy stains out. Make sure that the detergent is kept in an airtight container so that it doesn’t become clumpy.
It might seem like a lot of work at first, but trust us, after you get the hang of it, it will come as second nature. And seeing the effects a little care gives is more than enough to realize that it’s all worth it.
4. After-use Maintenance
After you’re done using the machine, make sure to clean the lint filter. Once the filter is filled, it can no longer absorb the lint, which leads to it still remaining in the washing tub. Another factor is separating the clothes from the towels. This reduces the lingering lint left on the washed clothes.
After you’re done cleaning, always leave the machine door open for around 15 – 30 minutes. This is done to prevent mold and bacteria build up inside of it. The insides aren’t the only things that need cleaning.
Clean the exterior of the machine itself from time to time is also a necessity, like with any other part of the house.
Remember it’s not just about the quality of its work, it also improves the overall aesthetic when entering the room, clean equipment will always look (and smell) better. So get working and remove those mold and dirt spots.
5. Machine Parts Breaking Down
Sometimes a part will break down, or become unusable. Buying new washing machine parts like hoses, washer pumps, or cap agitators is a preferable alternative over buying a brand new machine.
You should only really look after buying a new machine when most of your parts are unusable.
We have gone through a lot of things to look out for, and it might seem overwhelming at first, but remember, maintain discipline and give the washing machine periodic attention.
While it might seem like a lot of work to keep it at a functioning level, a lot of these things are not done on a daily basis. And are a preferable alternative over risking a major breakdown, potentially costing you anything in the range of 250$ and 2,500$.