Washer and Dryer Maintenance Tips

Washer and Dryer Maintenance Tips

MostColorado homeowners know that their washers and dryers are among the mostexpensive appliances they have in their household.

And while most people understand the importance of having their roof and HVAC system undergo annual maintenance, they don’t always remember to have their washer and dryer looked at.

If you take care of them, they will take care of you!

Things you can do for a front-loading washer

If you own a front-load washing machine, you’ll want to make sure you give it the proper TLC. Most of our clients agree that when their units are properly cared for, they do a far superior job of cleaning clothes than a top-loader machine would.

At the same time, if you don’t keep it maintained, you could find yourself dealing with a machine that smells musty and/or moldy.

No one wants to clean their clothes in a smelly washing machine!

Below are some simple maintenance things you can handle on your own:

  • After the wash cycle is complete (or after you’re done doing several back-to-back loads of laundry), wipe any and all moisture off door. You’ll also want to wipe down the moisture that’s collected on the gasket around the drawer. If their moisture or water in the drum? If so, wipe that out, too.

  • Keep the washer door open until the inside is dry. Some people choose to do this with a thick sponge

  • When it comes to choosing detergent, be sure to use a product that’s HE (high efficiency) rated.  If you are concerned you’re using too much, you may want to consider purchasing HE-rated laundry pods.

  • Try to avoid letting damp clothes sit in the machine for extended periods of time.

  • You’ll want to check the user manual to find out how frequently you should be running a self-clean cycle.  Most experts recommend doing this at least once a month.

  • Lastly, make sure to check your user manual to learn how to clean out your drain pump filter. This should generally be done every few weeks.

Things you can do to maintain your dryer

  • Your dryer has a lint catcher. You’ll want to clean it (every time) before you start a load of clothes.

  • Give the lint catcher a thorough washing every few months. This will help ensure that air flow isn’t restricted.

  • When you have ducts installed, make sure they’re metal as opposed to vinyl. Metal air ducts are far less of a fire hazard.

  • Don’t forget to have your ducts cleaned on an annual basis. Clogged ducts are also a fire hazard.

Have questions? Contact Colorado’s Best Appliance Repair today!

If your washer and/or dryer is starting to act up, or you’ve noticed that your machinesaren’t working as well as they used to, give us a call.

We will be happy to schedule time for one of our expert appliance repair technicians to come to your home to troubleshoot the issue.

For more information on our company, our rates or to schedule a no-hassle repair estimate, give us a call today to get started.

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