If you’ve ever called for appliance repair Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough or Hernando Florida, chances are that your washing machine was the reason. Washer repair is the most frequent of appliance repairs. The Washing Machine is probably the hardest working appliance in our homes. We would like to get many years of service out of our investment. Here are 5 important tips Appliance Quest has put together to help make your washer last longer with fewer repairs.
1. Always empty everything out of your clothes pockets!
Before loading your washing machine, it is very important to check all the clothes pockets. Leaving items like coins, nails, screws, pens, etc., in your pockets, can damage your clothes and your machine. It is not uncommon for drain pumps to fail prematurely because of a foreign object getting stuck in the impeller. A forgotten fountain pen can destroy your favorite shirt.
2. Never overload your washing machine!
This is the best piece of advice I can give you to avoid calling for Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough or Hernando Florida, Just because your brand new washer has a large tub doesn’t mean you should fill it to the rim with clothes! Heavy loads put a strain on all the moving parts of your machine and will cause it to break down sooner than if you were to do medium size loads. Most people try to get their laundry done as soon as possible but if you want your machine to last, with fewer repairs, follow this important tip!
3. Make sure your load is well balanced!
When loading your machine, make sure the load is evenly distributed around the tub. An off-balance load will make the tub bang against the sides and cause unnecessary damage. Sometimes, through no fault of your own, a load can become off-balance during the agitation cycle. If this happens, you’ll hear the loud banging sound your machine will make during the spin cycle. As soon as you hear this, shut your machine off, or lift the lid, and re-balance your load!
4. Make sure your machine is sitting level and flat to the ground!
Sometimes, especially after an off-balance load, your machine may become un-level and not flat to the ground. If you leave it that way, it will shake and walks like an Egyptian. The best way to check this is grab the left-rear and right-front of the machine and see if you can rock it back and forth. If you can, then you need to adjust either the left-rear leg or the right-front leg so that it is flat to the ground again. Do the same procedure using the right-rear and left-front. Adjust whichever leg leaves the machine the most level.
5. Never start your machine and leave the house or go to bed!
It is very convenient to start a load of laundry before leaving the house or going to bed but what if the machine never stopped filling? Believe it or not, this happens more than you would think! A faulty inlet valve or water level switch can cause a washing machine to keep filling until someone notices the water leak on the floor and turns it off. If no one is around to notice, the damage to your house can be overwhelming! If you’re around, you can shut the machine off before any damage can happen.
If your washer does break down, you can call Appliance Quest for an estimate remember we have a $49.95 service call however it is free with repair! This means if we fix your washing machine the $49.95 is absorbed in the repair!
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