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Thursday, Dec. 15th 2016

Keep Your Laundry Room Running Smoothly

Laundry can magically pile up in the blink of an eye. Here are a few washer and dryer maintenance tips from The Appliance Care Company to keep your laundry room running smoothly.

Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

  • Inspect the Hoses
    The hoses are located behind the washer. Check for any signs of wear like cracks or blistering. Many manufacturers recommend replacing them every five years. High quality stainless steel hoses are your best bet when replacing them.
  • Keep it Level
    If your washer vibrates when it’s on, you may need to level it. Most washing machines have adjustable legs in the front and sometimes have self-adjusting legs in the rear. Place a level on top of your washer and see what leg needs adjusting. You can also try using leveling leg pads to help.
  • Clean the Inside
    This is especially important if you have a front loading washing machine. Bacteria, germs, mold and mildew can cause odors. Use bleach about once a month to keep your washing machine clean and smelling fresh.
  • Clean the Outside
    The outside of your washer needs some periodic TLC from time to time as well. Use an all-purpose cleaner to clean the outside of the machine. If it has a few scratches, a little touch-up paint can make them disappear.
  • Wipe Down The Detergent and Fabric Softener Dispensers
    Softener and detergent can get gummy and sticky, so you’ll want to wipe them clean with a damp rag and hot water a few times a year.

Dryer Maintenance Tips

  • Keep the Lint Filter Clean
    Clean the lint filter before or after every single load. If your filter is torn or cracked, you can call The Appliance Care Company Parts Department (877-703-8072) to order a new one. Please have your part number or model number when you call.
  • Clear the Venting System
    Once a year, you need to clean out the inside of your dryer’s venting system (that big tube going from your dryer to the outside). The Appliance Care Company has Dryer Exhaust Technicians (certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America) who can safely clean your venting system. Call 816-331-1515 or click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Go with Aluminum Tubing
    While you’re inspecting the venting system, look at the tube itself. If it’s white vinyl tubing, you’ll want to replace it with aluminum tubing. Vinyl tubing is highly restrictive and doesn’t meet U.S. federal fire safety standards.
  • Vacuum the Interior
    Sounds strange, but it can prevent a dryer fire. Once a year, call The Appliance Care Company (816-331-1515) and schedule an appointment to clean your dryer’s interior.

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