Washing Machine Maintenance
If you have hard water in your area, the water faucet valves supplying hot and cold water to your washer will be come coated inside with mineral deposits. In time, they may cease to function. A simple solution for preventing this problem involves turning these knobs to the closed position and back open. Repeating this every month or two should prevent mineral buildup, and keep these valves in good operating condition.
Inspect the washer's water hoses for cracks and bubbles once a year, because rubber hoses age over time. It's a good idea to replace the hoses every five or six years, because this is a lot easier and less expensive than dealing with a major water leak from a burst hose. Although such leaks are rare, they do happen. High quality, braided, high-pressure hoses are available, which are more expensive, but provide greater reliability than standard hoses.
The fittings on each hose end is sealed with a rubber washer. Because these important seals will age with time, it's a good idea to replace your hose washers every two years. When replacing these washers, always inspect the screens in the fill valves for mineral buildup, and clean them when necessary.
Normally, it will be necessary to move the machine for these inspections and replacements. When you return the machine to its proper place, always check to make sure you haven't kinked the drain hose. A kinked drain hose will restrict water flow and increase the back pressure on the pump. This will result in slower pumping, less efficient use of electrical energy, and reduced pump and drive motor life. Making sure your washer's drain hose isn't pinched or kinked will help your washer operate with optimal electrical efficiency. Because most electrical energy is created by burning fossil fuels, conserving energy resources with more efficient appliances is a very simple and practical way you can help reduce air pollution, and contribute to a healthier environment, and lower electrical bills are another nice benefit.
Drain hoses are large in diameter to reduce loads placed on the washer's drive motor. Some home owners will connect this to a smaller diameter hose for supplying gray water to outdoor gardens. While this may seem like a good idea, the electrical energy losses from excessive loads placed on your washer's drive motor and pump will cancel any gains, and increased back pressure will shorten your washer's life.
If your local building codes and homeowner's association allow gray water usage, there are more appropriate ways to accomplish this. However, it's always best to consult with a building contractor to prevent problems and remain in compliance with local regulations.
If your clothes washer has not received recent service, and you would like to schedule professional inspection and maintenance, please call or or use this convenient form to schedule professional inspection and maintenance for all your household appliances.
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