The washer and dryer is one of the most used and yet taken-for-granted appliances in the home. They are very convenient and of great value to many households, especially when they are kept in good working order. However, many washer and dryer users are unaware of the simple ways in which they can keep this household appliance running efficiently and safely for a very long time. One of the main reasons laundromats are relied upon by some homes is because they neglected upkeep of their washing machine and dryer, so heading down to their local laundromat is their only available option, that or asking their neighbors whether they can use their washer instead for a while. Although this is not such a bad thing, it’s not necessarily the best circumstance to be in either.
If you did not already know, your washer and dryer does indeed need attention. How long this highly valued appliance lasts and runs efficiency has a lot to do with proper use and care. If you do not want to have the unpleasant surprise of your washer and dryer refusing to work or churning out dirty laundry one day it is essential that you follow some very straightforward guidelines that will help you get the most out of your laundry appliances. As much as we demand from washers and dryers, all they require in return is a little care and due diligence to keep them running strong.
By following these quick and easy tips, you will be able to extend the life of your washer and dryer, better ensuring it lasts longer and performs at its best.
Dryer moisture sensor
The very best dryers have an inbuilt moisture sensor that detects when the clothes are dry and automatically shuts off the machine. The clear benefit of this is that it saves a lot of energy, as the dryer is only operational up to the point where the clothes are dry. If your current machine does not have this feature, it is worth considering a replacement, to eliminate the tedious task of shutting off and on the machine to manually check whether the clothes have properly dried or not. As well as wasting energy, over-drying reduces the life span of your clothes and can cause your laundry items to shrink or shrivel.
Keep the appliance clean
Dispensers and attachments should be cleaned at least once a month. The glass and door gaskets should be wiped dry after each load, with particular attention being given to crevices and folds. Cleaning ducts and screens will eliminate the accumulation of lint. Lint buildup reduces the efficiency of dryers, making them work harder and longer, which equates to higher electricity bills. Ideally, lint filters should be cleaned after each use.
Read the manufacturers manual
Although they are not the most exciting documents on the planet, reading the manual is important. It enables you to know the ins and outs of your appliance, which can prove useful in the event of an unexpected fault. Every washer and dryer set has its own requirements, so not all manuals will be the same. For instance, some washer and dryer manuals recommend that an empty load be run regularly using bleach. Whereas others suggest wiping under and around the bleach dispenser to catch any spills, then running another load to remove any bleach that’s left over.
Air out the drum
Unless you have very young children who could climb into the washer and dryer set, you can leave the washer door a little open after washing to let the drum dry. This stops mildew and odors forming, especially if the washer and dryer is kept in the basement or any other area that is prone to humidity. If you are considering using odor tablets, put simply, you shouldn’t. Although these products are supposed to prevent odors by removing dirt and detergent, very often residue in the machine still remains after their use.
Vent dryers correctly
Using flexible plastic or metal ducts to vent dryers causes lint to get trapped when these materials sag or bend. This creates a fire hazard in itself. For these reasons, it is more appropriate to acquire and use solid-metal ducts instead. Ideally, duct vents should be checked and cleaned twice a year to prevent lint buildup.
Prepare in advance
If you plan on going on a vacation or away from your home for an extended period of time, the washer and dryer should be unplugged and the water supply line to the washer should also be switched off. Doing this will help prevent leaks or accidental flooding caused by constant water pressure.
Whether you need a new washer and dryer or not, these straightforward guidelines will help you save on your electricity bills and prevent any extra repair costs occurring. Best of all, your laundry will remain fresher than ever, giving you much needed peace of mind while using your washing and drying appliance.