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If you own a washing machine, you'll want to protect your investment and keep it operating efficiently. Follow the advice below to keep your washer in tip-top shape.

1. Level the Washing Machine

If the washing machine is not level, it may shake and vibrate when in use, possibly causing damage to the unit. You can check to note whether the washer is level by using a leveling device. Also, the washing machine may have adjustable leveling legs in the front of the unit. If necessary, adjust each of the front legs to the right height.

The rear legs of your washing machine are probably self-adjusting. ​You might need to set them to the proper level, however. Read the instructions that came with your washer to ensure you are doing it correctly.

2. Keep Your Washing Machine Interior Clean

A simple way to keep your washer clean and eliminate residue and lint is by using a product known as washer tablets. When the washing machine is not in use, place these self-cleaning tablets inside an empty wash cycle. Self-cleaning washing machine tablets may also help prevent mold from growing inside the washer.

3. Clean or Replace the Front Loading Washer Filter

If you own a front loading washing machine, you will need to clean out the filter periodically. A dirty filter will reduce your machine's efficiency. If the filter becomes worn or torn, you must replace it.

Before cleaning or replacing the pump filter, always unplug the unit. Drain the water inside the washer tub before cleaning or replacing the filter. Refer to your washing machine manual for further instructions.

4. Inspect External Hoses Periodically

Have a look at the hot and cold water hoses connected to your washer. If you note any holes or worn parts, the hoses need to be replaced.

For the best performance and durability, replace your rubber hoses with a set of stainless steel hoses. Unlike rubber, which expands and is prone to breakage, stainless steel hoses will be long lasting. Metal and fiberglass reinforced hoses are also good choices.

When installing washing machine hoses, make sure there is enough clearance between the back of the unit and the hose connection. Aim for approximately four inches of space. To prevent potential leakage of water, secure the hose connections tightly. You might also want to turn off the hose connections when you are not using your washer.

5. Use the Right Detergent (and Correct Amount) for Your Machine

If you have a high-efficiency washer, your machine will conserve water. Therefore it will require the use of less detergent. Using too much detergent in a high-efficiency machine will create too many suds, leaving behind residue. This residue may lead to odor and mold or cause internal issues with the machine.

Also, follow the instructions from the manufacturer regarding the correct amount of detergent per load. While you may safely use a quarter cap of detergent for a high-efficiency load, a standard operating machine may safely use no more than a half capful of detergent. These specifications may vary, so again, check with the instructions from the manufacturer.

6. Prevent Mold and Mildew Inside Your Washer

A good way to prevent mold and mildew from accumulating inside your washing machine is to remove wet laundry as soon as the wash cycle is finished. Allowing wet laundry to remain inside the washing machine may trigger mold and mildew. A commercial mildew cleaner may help if a problem does occur.

If you own a front loading washer, leave the door ajar after the wash, allowing the machine to dry quickly and thoroughly.

As a final consideration, always use caution when troubleshooting your appliances. Turn off and unplug your washing machine before replacing or cleaning parts. If you need help keeping your washer working as intended, contact Dick Kearsley Service Center. Our experienced team can solve your problem.


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