Angie’s List: Extend the Life of Your Washer & Dryer
(WGGB) — When it comes to household appliances like our washer and dryer, we usually assume we’re using them correctly. But over time, abuse and neglect can easily lead to an emergency repair call.
“The more water you have in there, the more freely your clothes are going to move around and wash,” says Rick Cantleberry from Turner Appliance.
It’s the number one mistake we make when washing our clothes: washing machine overload.
“The rule of thumb is come up to the top hole of your inner tub,” says Cantleberry. “Your inner tub, your outer tub on the outside of that is what holds the water, so you bring your clothes up to about right there which is really only about two-thirds of the way up on your agitator.”
Think about balance as you’re filling the machine — wash heavy clothes with other heavy clothes.
You should also clean build-up in the tub and doors after your load is finished.
“When you’re done with the washer for the day, wipe it out real good, the boot inside there and keep it dry and keep the door cracked open a little if you can,” says Cantleberry. “That lets the air get in there and doesn’t suffocate the inside and cause mold growth.”
When it’s time to move your clothes to the dryer, make sure the lint screen is clean. Angie says skipping these small step can put you in the market for a new washer and dryer sooner than you think.
“When it comes to replacing your washing machine, typically a top loading washing machine starts at about $350 while a front loader starts at about $700,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
You should also pay attention to the rubber hoses connected to your washing machine. Over time, it can rot and burst, so if you need to replace them, Angie suggests purchasing stainless steel braided hoses instead.