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Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

Washing machine maintenance tips – get the most from your machine.

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Aaron

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR WASHING MACHINE – help it to last longer.

Here we have a couple of quick tips to help keep your machine running for longer.

Water-fill hoses

Over time, the water hoses that came with your new washing machine may leak or burst. It’s a good preventive maintenance practice to check these hoses from time to time for any sign of wear or weakness. Often there’s a small blister in the rubber of the hose, which could rupture. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every 5 years.

Note… If the hose ruptures, large quantities of water could gush from the hose. If it’s the hot water hose that ruptures, the gushing hot water may scald anyone nearby.

Levelling

Because your washing machine is so heavy, when it’s not level, it can vibrate strongly during the spin cycle. If your washing machine is not perfectly level–with all four legs touching the floor–it can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to “walk” across the room. This isn’t good for the machine and may damage anything near the machine.

Surface cleaning

Your washer has either a painted steel or porcelain-coated steel cabinet. It’s perfectly safe to use a little detergent and a damp rag to clean all of its surfaces. If the surface is porcelain, you can even use a little non-abrasive cleanser for stubborn stains.

Lint disposal

Most washing machines collect lint during the wash cycle and send it down the drain during the drain cycle but check that your machine does do this and also check any filters regularly to ensure no build up of lint in them.

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