No one wants to have to replace their washing machine. It’s a large expense, and when the time comes to replace it, it’s usually after you just ran a large load of laundry, which is now sopping wet and possibly still contains soap residue. Of course, nothing lasts forever, but with a little TLC in the form of maintenance, you can keep your washer running well for the length of time projected by the manufacturer.
Even with the greatest of care, however, appliances can still break down. And for those moments, Top Shelf Appliance is here to help! Don’t hesitate to call us at (253) 486-9072 or send us a message online for assistance. We provide same-day service whenever possible, and if we can’t, we aim for next-day service. We are prompt, courteous, and professional, and with over 12 years in this business, we know more than our fair share about every appliance you can think of.
Use the Correct Detergent
Folks are often surprised to learn that the wrong detergent can make for serious issues with your washing machine. For instance, did you know that the most energy-efficient models actually require a low-suds detergent? Use anything else, and you risk gumming up the works when the detergent gels together and forms a clog in your pipes.
This is also true if you use too much detergent, regardless of which type you use. Too much or the wrong kind of detergent can lead to a broken washing machine at best, and flood damage at worst. Check your owner’s manual to see which detergent the manufacturer recommends.
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Don’t Overload the Washer
We all feel that pang of guilt when we overload the washing machine. We know we shouldn’t because it forces the washer to do double the work, and because our clothes don’t get as clean, but when we’re short on time, it’s just too tempting not to. However, this really can and does cause your washer to break down.
The pressure an overly packed load of laundry puts on a washer causes its parts to wear out faster. It also throws the machine off balance, which isn’t good as it causes things to grind together that should not. As tempting as it may sometimes be, try not to overload your washing machine.
Plus, when a machine works harder than it has to, this is harder on your utility bills in the end. It may use more electricity, water, or heat than it needs to use to clean a load of laundry. And as you know, those things aren’t cheap!
Clean the Lint Trap
In a washing machine, the lint trap is a type of filter. And rule number one when it comes to any appliance with a filter — clean that filter regularly! Be sure to clean the lint trap before every load of laundry, even if it’s laundry day and you’re doing several loads at once. The cleaner you keep your machine, the less likely a clog will form that will ultimately cause it to break down.
An additional way to keep your washing machine clean is to literally clean the machine. You can run a load with no clothes in it, just the cleaning solution, to properly clean the drum and the inner workings of the machine.
You can run a bleach load (just bleach and water) or run a load with hot water and two cups of white vinegar. Then, mid-cycle, throw in a half-cup of detergent, so the machine (and your next load of laundry) doesn’t smell like vinegar when the cycle has finished.
Keep the Washer Level
If your washing machine is not level, then it can rock or vibrate across the floor during that violent spin cycle it runs. Such movement can damage the base of the machine. To best balance your washing machine, you can turn the legs either clockwise to lower it, or counterclockwise to raise it up.
If Your Washer Is Giving You Trouble, Call Top Shelf Appliance for Help
Whether it’s your washer or the refrigerator that’s giving you trouble, we have experience fixing all kinds of appliances here at Top Shelf Appliance. No matter the make and model, we’ve probably worked on a similar machine in the past and can tell you within minutes what we need to do to fix yours.
Simply call us at (253) 486-9072 or send us a message on our website to schedule a service call. Your diagnostic call is free if you hire us for the repair, and we offer all our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Just let us know if there’s anything we did that you weren’t happy with, and we will make it right.
Whether you need some troubleshooting tips over the phone or a technician to come and take a look at your machine, we are happy to help. So don’t struggle and strain trying to get your machine to cooperate. Call our team at Top Shelf Appliance today, and we’ll have your washer fixed up and right as rain in no time!
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