No one wants a broken washing machine. Breakdowns are bad at teh best times but as a busy parent with small children and partners, it can be a mini nightmare
Dad’s gunna kill me for this, but here are the main common causes preventable washing machine breakdowns. We use our machines a lot, they work hard for us so with a little care, you can prevent costly repairs
To get a longer life span from your washing machine, follow these simple rules ;
1. STOP over loading!!
☆ Split your heavy loads in 2. Jeans, towels, joggers etc, weigh a tonne when wet therefore making your machine work harder. This can cause unnecessary damage to your drum, wearing the brushes quicker, causing the belt to stretch, slip or snap and wearing out the bearings quicker.
2. STOP Putting powder in the drawer.
☆ While the washing machine is designed to carry the powder from the drawer to the drum to clean your clothes, the powder can clog the drawers, causing the washer to leak. Bypassing the drawer and putting the powder straight at the back of the drum, under the clothes, or in an egg, will cut the clog risk
3. ALWAYS Check Pockets !
☆One of the biggest causes of faulty, broken down washing machines, is items getting stuck in the filter (coins and bra underwires are top of the list )
And if you’ve ever had a tissue in a washload you’ll know what a mess that makes !! That in itself is incentive enough to check pockets
4. CHECK The Filter
☆ If you have a leaky washer, before you call the local technician out, check the filter. Its usually located behind the kick strip at the front bottom of the washing machine. This may have a coin or odd small childs sock in it stopping the water going down! But make sure you put a towel on the floor to catch any extra water
You would not believe the stuff my dad has found in washer filters over the years (trades people have the worst breakdown rate – screws, tile spacers, screwdriver bits etc)
5. REDUCE THE SPIN SPEED.
☆ New washing machines have a high spin settings, around 1200-1600, but it’s completely unnecessary to spin your washer higher than 1000. The clothes may come out a little drier but it’s causing alot of damage to the inside of your washing machine. Drop the spin speed and save energy as well as the bearings .
So there you have it
These simple changes can extend the working life of your machine.
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