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How to properly maintain your home's washing machine

The washing machine is arguably the most frequently used appliance in the entire house, as most people have a tendency to do multiple loads of laundry in a single day. That means that the washing machine is especially sensitive to wear and tear and must be cared for properly in order to keep it in top working shape.

If you notice an issue with your washing machine, you might be able to handle the problem on your own before you call in a professional. There are plenty of ways you can care for the machine, as long as you know what to look for when something comes up. You don't need the expertise of a DC plumber to keep your washing machine up and running.

Throughout the year, you should be sure to inspect the hoses in the back of the machine for any signs of wear and tear. By doing this at least once a month, you will be able to see right away if there are any cracks that could allow water to leak all over the room. If you do notice any problems with the hoses, you should have them replaced as soon as you can.

When you are doing laundry, be sure not to overload the machine. While you certainly want to fill the washer to its maximum capacity to efficiently use energy and power, putting in more clothes than it can handle can have damaging results. A too-full load of laundry will throw the machine off balance, which can lead to leaks and other internal issues.

Some problems are easier to handle than others. For example, a shaking machine is likely caused by a washer that is not level on the floor. Whether or not this is the case will be simple for you to determine, as all you need to do is check the feet to see if they are all touching the ground at the same height. If not, level off the machine and you will see the shaking stop.

At least once or twice a month you need to clean out the inside of the washing machine. It is a very common problem for detergent and other cleaning product residue to build up inside the machine, which can cause odors and make the appliance run much more slowly than it would otherwise. To wash it out, all you need to do is run an empty cycle and allow the water to clean it.

After you are done with a load of laundry and have put the clothes into the dyer, make sure to leave the door of the washer open to allow the interior to dry out. If you skip this step, chances are you will have mold or mildew grow inside, which can cause the machine to smell and the odor can have an impact on your clothing. Keep the door ajar until it has completely dried out after your wash cycle.

If you find that you can not handle what is wrong with the washing machine on your own, be sure to call in a professional from John C. Flood to look at the problem. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about all of the different high-quality services that we offer to our customers.