Washer and Dryer Maintenance (watch video)
Keep your clothes washer and dryer running efficiently and reliably with this simple maintenance routine. Be good to your appliance and those costly machines will be good to you. Read how to keep your washer, dryer and dishwasher clean and maintenance happy in a safe and efficient manner.
Washer and Dryer - Laundry Maintenance
1. Inspect the dryer exhaust duct for crimps, obstructions, and unnecessary bends.
2. Inspect washing machine hoses for tight fittings, bulges, cracks, and leaks. Burst washing machine hoses could spill hundreds of gallons of water an hour, flooding your home. Tighten loose fittings. Replace hoses every five years; replace immediately if damaged.
3. Clean rubber gaskets and drums on washers and dryers with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
4. Check and clean drain pump filter on front-loading washers. Consult your owner’s manual for location.
QUARTERLY: Wash dryer lint filter with detergent to remove invisible chemical residues that can restrict airflow.
YEARLY: Remove and clean out the entire exhaust duct line from dryer to exterior. Clogged ducts cause thousands of house fires every year, with an average of about $10,000 worth of damages per fire.