A front loader washer provides a pretty effective way to clean loads of laundry. However, some maintenance is required to ensure the machine operates smoothly and lasts for a long time. Simple cleaning routines and changes to some of your laundry habits can go a long way in preventing breakdowns down the road and ensuring the machine remains hygienic and energy efficient. Here are simple tips on how to maintain your front loader washer.
Clean out the drain pump filter
The drain pump filter on your washer is responsible for trapping bits of hair, lint and other debris that would otherwise end up in your drains. Be sure to remove such debris whenever you notice water draining sluggishly, longer than usual cycle times, excessive vibration or strange pauses in the washing cycle.
You should also clean the inside of your washer at least monthly to prevent it from accumulating odor-causing residue and mold. Areas that need vigilant cleaning include the washer's rubber door seal and fabric softener dispenser. Pour a small amount of bleach into the drum, as well as some distilled white vinegar into the dispenser and run a few quick cycles with hot water so as to eliminate odors and sludge.
Additionally, always leave the washer door ajar while not in use, so as to promote air circulation which reduces odors and discourages the buildup of mold. Finished loads should also not be allowed to remain in the dispenser for long periods, as they can cause dampness and promote mold growth.
Use high-efficiency detergent
Regular detergent often contains too many suds that build up in the washer, clogging up vital components such as the drain pump filter and hoses, while also forming residue films inside the drum that attracts mold. Since a high-efficiency washer use less water, using detergent that is not compatible with it could cause mechanical damage and even void your warranty. Be sure to use high-efficiency soap that can easily be rinsed by your washer and that does not leave excessive residue in your machine.
Since high-efficiency washers use less water, they usually require less detergent. You should therefore cut down of liquid fabric softeners, as they may end up forming a gooey residue in your dispenser. Too much bleach could also end up ruining your clothes. Finally, remember not to overload the washer, as this would throw it off balance resulting in more vibration and mechanical problems later on.
With this maintenance tips, you can ensure that your washer remains efficient and experiences fewer breakdowns, saving you money on utility bills and frequent repairs. For further assistance, contact a local plumber, such as one from Walt's Plumbing.
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