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Routine Appliance Maintenance Tips

WASHERS
Last updated : 12/30/2020
 

Normal Use

:. Do not close the lid/door hard, as this may cause
   damage to the door lock/switch.

:. High efficiency (HE) washers use very little water
   compared to the older washers that were not
   called "high efficiency". They will not fill up as much
   as the older ones. With the lesser amount of water
   they also require a less amount of detergent. HE
   detergent is already many times more
   concentrated than the older detergent, which
   means it takes a very small amount per load. Using
   the detergent pods are very nice because it gives
   an exact measured amount every time. One per
   load seems to do the trick. Place one pod directly
   in the tub.

:. Doing as few loads of laundry is always nice, but
   you also need to remember to not overload the
   washer. Wet clothes spinning around are very
   heavy and this can wear out components fast and
   make for unbalanced conditions, which can also
   cause damage. Also, with some extra room for
   clothes to move around they will be able to get
   cleaner.

   * Too few clothes in the washer can cause an issue
     where it will not have enough clothes on the
     opposite side of the tub to act as a counter-
     balance during spin cycles and can get off
     balance. 

:. For front load washers: after the last load of
   laundry leave the door open for the washer to air
   out, otherwise it is just a moist dark area for smells
   and mold to form. Also leaving the detergent
   drawer pulled out and opened, if it opens, will help

   it air out as well.

   Using a washcloth to dry the area in the rubber
   door gasket will help this mold prone area be dry
   to help prevent mold and smells. If you have pets,
   usually this area collects a lot of hair. The
   washcloth is a good way to get the hair into the
   trash instead of it clogging up the drain pump.

   Drying the door off is a good as keeping it dry in
   between uses will help keep it free of mold. Also,
   the bottom of the window can get hair or debris
   building up on it. If this happens it can cause a
   break in the door seal and a leak to form that
   would run down the front of the washer from the
   bottom of the door.


   A handy place to keep the wash cloth is on a
   suction cup hook on the side of the washer so it
   will be convenient to reach to help keep the
   washer working well.

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Routine Maintenance

:. The above 'Normal Use' steps used as
   recommended will greatly help out your life with
   your washer.
   
   Below are some extra steps to get the
   most out of your washer:

 

 

 

:. Use "affresh" tablets once a month on a hot cycle
   with no clothes to keep soap and other 
build up to
   a minimum. It will also help with smells.
   

:. About once a week run an empty cycle with no
   clothes or adding detergent on "heavy" or "sanitize"
   setting. This will help flush out the old soap residue
   to help prevent too much soap residue building up
   over time. Too many suds can cause issues. If you
   washer has a window you will be amazing how
   much soap is left behind even without adding soap
   seeing all the suds that form.


   Also, you can pour a cup of white vinegar in the
   dispenser and a half a cup of baking soda in tub
   and run an empty cycle with hot water to help
   smells. This might be more for trying to tackle
   major smells, but at least do the empty cycle
   without adding anything extra about once a week.

:. Periodically take out the detergent drawer and
   clean it. Most washers have a tab visible when the
   drawer is pulled out all the way. When the tab is
   pressed it will allow the drawer to come out
   completely. You can then take it to the sink and
   help clean it out. Some drawers have other pieces
   that have to fit together. Be aware to remember
   where they all fit back. 

   With the drawer out, it is also a good time to reach
   inside where the drawer goes and clean it out with
   a wet wipe or wet washcloth. Mold likes to form in
   here so cleaning this area once a month or so
   should help.

 

 


 

:. The way the detergent drawer is designed to drain
   out the liquids will often leave a little water and
   sometimes detergent behind. As long as it is
   obviously drain enough out with each wash cycle
   and is cleaning the clothes this should be fine.

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