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Clothes Washer and Dryer Maintenance

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Your home’s washer and dryer are usually overlooked when it comes to maintenance but with these tips you can keep them going strong for years to come.

 

CLOTHES WASHER MAINTENANCE

It is a good idea to check your washing machine for leaks, examine the hoses and clean filters about once a year to make sure you do not experience damage from any water leaks.

 

Visual Inspection

Visually check all of the hoses, water inlet valves, the tub and drainage system. Hoses should NOT have cracks, leaks or be damaged in any way. If you find this, unplug your washer immediately to avoid contact with electricity. Any leaks or damages must be fixed/replaced.

 

Clean water inlet filter or lint filter (if you have one) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

If Your Unit is Not Working

If you have a problem with your clothes washer not working, as with all systems or appliances, check for blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers and proper power first.

 

CLOTHES DRYER MAINTENANCE

Keeping your dryer entirely lint free is easy, improves energy efficiency and safety from lint fires.

 

Inspect And Clean

Annually you should inspect the vent pipe from your dryer to the outside of your house (where the flap door is that opens when the dryer is on and venting). It should be cleaned of lint and dust and properly attached with no holes or cracks. If it is damaged, it must be replaced or repaired properly.

 

Clean the floor under, behind and around your dryer to remove lint and dirt that naturally collects. You will need to safely move your dryer to do this properly.

 

Level Your Dryer

Make sure your dryer’s feet are level on the ground as this balances the dryer properly and will extend the life of your dryer.

 

Dryer Flap

Make sure the flap on the outside of your house opens and closes properly to prevent the loss of energy from your home. Pests can enter through flaps that don’t close properly and your dryer will run longer, wasting energy and life if the flap does not open properly.

 

If you have a gas dryer, the burner should be cleaned and inspected according to manufacturer’s instructions.

 

If Your Unit is not Working

If you have a problem with your clothes washer not working, as with all systems or appliances, check for blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers and proper power first.