EASY WAYS TO MAINTAIN YOUR WASHER AND DRYER

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Your washer and dryers are the staples of your household and meant to last for years. Performing regular maintenance on your washer and dryer will ensure that your appliances are running properly. If you do not, your dryer can pose a fire hazard. So we have a few simple and easy ways for you to maintain your washer and dryer: 

1) Don’t ignore wet clothes in your washer.

If you have done a load of laundry, one of the worst things you can do is leave it in the washer for too long. Leaving wet clothes can cause mold and mildew to build up. So, make sure you empty your washer of clothes as soon as possible after the wash cycle ends. 

2) Clean your dryer’s lint filter.

According to Consumer Reports, over 13,000 house fires are caused by the dryer every year. One of the causes is the build-up of lint in the dryer. If lint accumulates too much in the lint trap or screen, it can often lead to a fire. So check the dryer for lint and clean it out after you dry something. 

3) Don’t overload the washer or dryer.

While doing laundry, the last thing you want to do is overload either the washer or the dryer. If you overload the washer, you risk not fully washing your clothes and even damaging them. You can also damage the washer too. The same goes for the dryer. To fully dry your clothes, they need plenty of room to tumble around in the dryer. So, make sure both the washer and the dryer are loosely filled to avoid any breakdowns later down the road. 

4) Check your exterior dryer vent.

The dryer vent must be checked regularly. So, next time you put a laundry load in your dryer, go outside where the vent is located and make sure air is coming out of it. If not, check the vent for any accumulated lint or any other blockage, such as a bird’s nest or small animals. 

5) Do regular maintenance washes.

A few times a year, you should run your washer without anything inside of it. All you will need to do is run it on the hot water cycle and add your regular amount of detergent. Doing so will keep your washer and its drain pipes clean.

Having a washer and dryer breakdown can completely interrupt your family’s routine. If you are considered about how well your appliances are working, contact us at Appliance Pro-Tech Repair.