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10 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Washer and Dryer

2/2/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: washer, dryer, lint

Three years ago, when I moved into my townhouse, I spent a small fortune updating the ancient appliances to more energy-efficient models. This upfront investment, I figured, would save me money in repairs and replacements down the road. I was wrong.

I’ve already had to call in a repairman three times—twice for my front-loading washing machine and once for my dryer. I don’t know if I would have had better luck with machines from other manufacturers, but I do know that I will start following these 10 tips for extending my washer and dryer’s life, posted yesterday by re-nest. In a nutshell, these include:

--Make sure it’s level. If it’s not level, the machine’s vibrations and movements could damage it.

--Keep it clean. Wash off surface dust and detergent







  • --Remove lint. Washing machines collect lint during the wash cycle and send it down the drain. Yours may have a lint trap that needs to be cleaned.





    --Check the water fill hoses. A small blister could be a sign of an impending rupture. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every five years.

    --Don’t overdry. This not only shortens your clothing’s life, but also your dryer’s longevity.

    --Look for a moisture sensor. If you’re buying a new dryer, get one with a sensor that will turn it off when the clothes are dry.

    --Keep the washer’s door open. If you don’t have pets or kids who may crawl in, keeping the door open discourages mold and mildew.

    --Vent the dryer fully. Make sure the vent tubing has no kinks or snags, which can cause fires.

    --Clean dispensers and attachments once a month. 

    --Prep for vacations. If you’re going away for a while, turn off the water supply and unplug the machines.

    washing machine 

    Stop throwing good money away on laundry machine repairs. photo by iStockphoto 


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