Tips to Increase the Life of Your Washer and Dryer
The average lifespan of your washer and dryer are about the same. Generally, your washer and dryer both should last at least 10 – 12 years. The length of time you're able to keep this appliance depends on how often you use it, as well as types of loads you have. There are several ways to help extend the life of your washer and dryer pair so you can get the most out of your investment.
01. Proper installation – Be sure to place both machines on a flat, leveled surface. The washer has cycles that involve a lot of motion (i.e. spinning cycle), so it is important to make sure this appliance is evenly placed to help reduce vibration and the need for repair. In addition to an even surface, you must be sure to have enough space between the pair for proper air circulation; the minimum is 1 inch on each side.
02. Don’t overload it – When washers and dryers are overloaded they perform inefficiently. Break big loads up into smaller piles to extend the life of the motor and use less energy. As a general rule of thumb, most front-loaders wash better with larger loads, and most top-loaders wash better with smaller loads.
03. Turn Off When Not in Use – If you’re not planning to use your washer for an extended period of time, turn off the water flow to the washer. When you are going on a vacation or will be away for an extended amount of time, turn off the water. One common issue that occurs with washing machines is leaking, turning off the water flow can help reduce this problem. The constant pressure from water being on can otherwise increase the chances of leaks occurring.
04. Give it some air – Over time, even small amounts of stagnant water can lead to mildew and odors. Leave the washing machine lid open between washings to let the drum air dry, especially if your washer is in a basement or an area that’s prone to humidity.
05. Get the lint out – To get the maximum airflow to the dryer and ensure its best performance, clean your lint filter after each use. Also, check and clean the duct vent twice a year to prevent lint buildup. Keeping these parts clean will help preserve the life of your dryer.
06. Soap is for washers, not dryers – If you spill laundry soap or other products on the exterior of your dryer, wipe it up quickly. Most dryers are painted with synthetic enamel and can be damaged by chlorine bleach, ammonia, solvents and other chemicals.
07. Use the Proper Type & Amount of Detergent – You may think that using more laundry detergent will help get your clothes cleaner. In fact, it could be the exact opposite as you find traces of residue on your clothes and it can make your apparel look duller. Using the proper amount and type of detergent helps your washing machine run efficiently. High-efficiency washers have specific detergents that are labeled with an HE logo for you to use. Furthermore, using the proper amount reduces film residue.