Washers and dryers are some of the popular home appliances that make life easier and certainly enjoyable. Laundry days just get better when you pick the right laundry pair, but all that comes at a cost. You must dive into the range of brands, styles, and features to secure one that suits your needs.
Whether top-load or front-loading machine, electric, or gas, and obviously the budget all that require special consideration. Having brought home the right appliance then comes maintenance. What pertains to maintenance anyway?
Maintenance for the washer and dryer.
Some of the accidents, deaths, fires, and flooding in homes occur due to a fault from washing machines. Flooding arises in case the burst washing machine hose is left unattended, which causes it to spill water. On the other hand, the dryer can burst into flame in case the lint builds up inside the ducts or the machine. However, you shouldn’t wait for that to happen to take proper care of your laundry pair. Here is what to do;
Check the Hoses:
you need to turn off the hot and cold water valves and then unplug the washer’s power cord. Separate the drain hose from the drain, and if the drain hose is damaged, it’s best to replace it. Tarp under the supply hoses and remove the hoses using a pair of grooved-joint adjustable pliers.
You then have to clean the filter screens and remove all the debris build-up with a bristle brush. This debris usually slows the flow of the water to the machine.
In case you have to install new hoses, do the following. Screw the hose fittings onto the machine’s threaded nipples using your fingers and tighten using pliers. Ensure that the hose is at least 60 inches for convenience.
Then get the other ends of the braided hoses connected to the water supply bibs. Make sure that the hot and cold hoses are connected to the right supply and then check for leaks after opening the valves. Finally, reconnect the drain hose to the drain.
The next step is cleaning the lint trap. Remove the lint screen and push a soft brush down into the trap. Turn the brush around to remove all the lint at the bottom.
It’s easy to handle these few steps personally or with the help of another individual. However, a service provider can help you complete the entire process with the following steps in case you can’t handle it.
This step requires one to disconnect the ductwork from the dryer exhaust and the exterior vent. Use a brush to clean the duct if it is smooth wall metal. If it’s plastic or ribbed metal, you have to first remove it. Clean as you ensure that the brush reaches the exhaust hood, clean the hood, and then reattach the duct.
- Place a drip pan under the washer to cater to the leaks.
- Reconnect the drain hose once the drip pan is in place.
- Hire a service provider in case you’re inexperienced in cleaning your laundry machines, i.e., washers and dryers.