Simple maintenance helps keep your Estate washer smelling fresh and working properly. Lots of dirt, laundry additives and water pass through your washer during normal use. Cleaning the washer and inspecting the hoses can help you avoid costly future problems.
Washer parts should be cleaned to avoid residue buildup, which can cause damage or odors. Wipe up any spills from the outside of the washer with a damp cloth. Use only nonabrasive, washer-safe cleansers. Regular cleaning of the tub helps prevent musty odors and remove harmful buildup. Clean the tub with a mixture of 1 cup chlorine bleach and 2 cups detergent. After adding this mixture to your empty washer, run a complete laundry cycle using hot water, and repeat if necessary.
You can help prevent problems requiring washer repair help with regular maintenance. Fabric softeners and liquid laundry detergents build up over time, so it's a good idea to clean the dispensers once a month with warm water. When you remove the fabric softener dispenser for cleaning, remember to reinstall it before washing clothes to avoid damaging the washer or clothes. If your machine has a pump filter, clean it once a month too.
Inspect the water inlet hoses frequently, and replace them as needed. Look for uneven wear, small leaks or swellings. Replace the hose if you see a problem. As a preventative measure, replace the washer hoses about every 5 years, marking the new hose with the replacement date in permanent marker.
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