If you are a homeowner or landlord that has a washing machine, there's a good chance that you are going to do everything in your power to keep it working so that you or the people renting from you can get their clothing washed easily. Here are some tips to make sure that your washing machine stays in peak working condition and so that you don't experience any downtime.
1. Stabilize the Machine
The washing machine, when it's being used, is constantly moving and vibrating. This can cause a lot of stress to be put on certain parts of the washing machine. Luckily, the washing machine is designed to make sure that the parts where stress is distributed are actually able to handle the stress. If you set your washing machine up so that it is unstable, however, the stress is going to land on parts of the machine that cannot handle it and will therefore wear out faster. In order to make sure that the stress is distributed in the correct spots, you will need to first make sure that the washing machine is on a surface that is perfectly flat and not slanting. Then, you will need to reduce the length of the legs to their lowest point. This will help keep the center of mass of the washing machine low to the ground and therefore increase its stability.
2. Try to Avoid Overloading the Machine
If you have a ton of clothing that needs to get washed, it is super tempting to want to wash them all in a single load. However, your washing machine is only calibrated for the load that the manufacturer specifies. This means that you can throw off the balance of the washing machine if you load it so that there is too many articles of clothing in it. This will result in stress being distributed to the wrong parts of the machine which causes the problems discussed above. Your clothes also might not get washed as thoroughly as you would like.
3. Run It on Empty With Cleaner Occasionally
Try to run your washing machine with a cleaning solution every time that you notice a weird odor building up in your washing machine. This will allow you to clean out any dried fabric softener or other residue and ensure that your clothes smell fresh all the time.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in washing machine repair.