Overflowing washing machine

The washing machine is one of the most commonly used household appliances, with the average family washing over 400 loads each year. Though doing laundry might seem like a simple task, the choices you make can affect the lifespan of your machine. Here are just some of the washer mistakes you should avoid to get the most out of your appliance:

Not Filling the Machine Properly
Filling your washing machine until it’s full can be pretty tempting, but even large-capacity machines have a limit. When you overstuff your washer, the detergent and water won’t be able to fully reach everything, leaving some of the load still dirty and excessively wrinkled. It will also cause unnecessary wear-and-tear to the machine.

Not Replacing the Hoses
If you are unable to turn off the water going to your washer after you’ve finished your laundry, you should have a braided hose, not a rubber one. It’s an easy way to prevent a burst, as they are durable and less likely to crack or split than the rubber ones.

Giving The Machine Time Between Cycles
Though some people might believe that giving their appliance a rest between washes can prevent wear and tear, they are mistaken. Doing several loads back to back without a break will actually reduce electricity and allow the machine to make use of the heat from the previous cycle.

Not Leveling Your Washer
The vibrations from a unleveled washer can wear out your shock absorbers and bearings. Not only does it damage your machine, but the constant motion can ruin your floor. To avoid repairs, place a level on the device and adjust the feet as needed. If you are having trouble leveling your machine, our experts at Tri-City can help.

At Tri-City Appliance, we strongly recommend routine maintenance and professional repair for all appliances. This is not only to extend their life, but also to reduce their energy consumption. If you are in the Southern Connecticut area and it’s time to service your washer, schedule online, or call (203) 583-4269.