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Here's how you can help keep your washing machine working for longer

Published 13th December 2022
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Maintaining your washing machine is essential to optimise its performance and reduce the need for costly repairs. To help you keep your washing machine in good condition, here are some tips to follow:

1. Clean the exterior regularly

Wiping down the exterior of your washing machine with a damp cloth will help prevent dirt and dust from gathering on the outside of the machine. This will help reduce the chances of any debris getting into the inner workings of the machine and causing damage.

2. Check for leaks

Leaks can cause serious damage to your washing machine and costly repairs if not fixed promptly. To check for any potential problems, inspect all your washing machine's hoses, valves and seals regularly to make sure they are tightly sealed and undamaged. If you notice any leaks, have them repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

3. Clean out the detergent tray

The detergent tray is an often-overlooked area that can accumulate dirt and debris over time. To keep it clean, remove it from the machine and empty out any debris or residue that may have accumulated in it. If there is a buildup of soap scum, use a damp cloth or sponge to clean it out thoroughly before putting it back in place.

4. Clean the filter

The filter on your washing machine should be cleaned out regularly to prevent dirt and debris from clogging up the system and causing poor performance or breakdowns over time. If you are unsure how to access your filter, consult your user manual or contact a professional for assistance.

5. Keep an eye on water levels

Make sure you are keeping an eye on water levels when doing a load of laundry in order to avoid any potential problems with overfilling or underfilling your washer. This will help ensure that everything runs smoothly and prevent damage caused by water not reaching certain parts of the appliance due to insufficient levels.

6. Check hoses for wear and tear

Over time, hoses can become worn down due to regular use, so it’s important to check them periodically for any signs of wear and tear such as cracks or leaks. If you notice any issues with hoses, have them replaced as soon as possible to avoid further damage caused by leaking water or other debris getting into the system.

7. Check belts for tightness

Belts can also become loose over time due to regular use, so it’s important to periodically check them for signs of looseness or fraying before each load of laundry is done in order to prevent them from breaking down completely and causing more serious issues with your washer’s performance. 

8. Don’t overload your washer

While it may be tempting to cram as much clothing into your washer as possible in order to conserve time, this can actually cause more harm than good over time since it will put extra strain on the motor, leading to premature breakdowns or repairs being needed sooner than expected due to overworking the components inside the appliance itself. 

9. Regularly check connections

In order for everything inside your washer to work properly, all connections must be securely connected at all times. To ensure that these connections remain secure at all times, inspect them regularly for signs of looseness or wear and tear that may need attention.

10. Consider getting a professional

Even if you do all these maintenance tips regularly, it may still be beneficial in some cases (especially if you have an older model) to get a professional look at it when necessary. A professional can spot things that you might not have noticed, such as worn parts and improper installation. Having these issues addressed promptly can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Fed up with constant repairs and maintenance? Check out this blog which tells you exactly why you need to buy a new washing machine now (hint: it'll save you money!), as well as our washing machine buying guide.

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