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Tips for Making Your Washing Machine Last Longer

We receive questions about how to maintain household appliances all the time, so we have put together a list of handy tips for looking after those all-important washing machines that we cannot live without!

Advice for Extending the Life of Your Washing Machine

The household appliances we use everyday is our homes are essential to a busy working or family life, but they can be expensive to buy and to replace should anything go wrong. From time to time, like any machinery, our appliances like the fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and cooker or oven, need some time and love spent on them to help them stay in the best possible working order. These small maintenance jobs can make a huge difference to the life of your white goods, helping them live for longer and also helping to save you money in the long run.

Easy Steps for How to Maintain Your Washing Machine

1. Don’t overload the washing machine

Not only do your clothes need space to move around and to allow detergent to move between them, but overloading the washing machine can add extra weight and pressure to the transmission, motor and belt inside the machine, causing them to become damaged. By not filling the drum to the brim, you will ultimately make your machine last longer.

2. Check for limescale

Depending on where you live and how ‘hard’ your water is, you may find that your appliances and taps easily gather a build up of limescale which can seriously damage working parts. Every couple of months, you should be sure to check the pipes connected to your washing machine for any build up of muck or limescale which could affect drainage or erode the pipes and cause leaks. There are lots of good limescale removal products out there you can use to run through your machine on a regular basis and prevent any limescale from forming inside your machine. And whilst you are at it, you may as well descale the kettle and the shower head too!

3. Keep your washing machine clean!

Every few weeks, you should remove the detergent draw and clean it properly to remove any excess build up of soap and to prevent mould building in the draw. You should also remove and clean the washing machine filter ever 2-3 months. You can do this by checking your washing machine’s manual to identify where the filter is, removing it and then cleaning with a brush. You can also try soaking it in some hot water to remove any stubborn scale or dirt. It is also recommended that you check and clean the inside of the door, the seal around the inside of the door (removing any lint balls or miscellaneous items that get stuck there!) and the inside of the machine to ensure it is free of dirt and anything that may have escaped the odd trouser pocket.

Fixing Your Washing Machine

If you think your washing machine may be in need of further inspection by a professional, get in touch with our expert team at CB Domestics and we can help with everything from diagnosing a problem, to replacement parts where required. Many of our customers have found that repairing an appliance is much more cost effective than buying a new one, and it is better for the environment too! Get in touch or give us a call on 01722 711372.