Just as changing a furnace filter improves performance and efficiency, properly maintaining such household appliances as washers and dryers is essential to keep them operating at peak performance year-round.
Experts suggest these tips to make washer and dryer maintenance easier this season:
Consult your washer’s use-and-care guide for instructions on regular maintenance of your machine.
For high-efficiency, or HE, washers, use only HE detergents in the proper amount to help prevent oversudsing and the build-up of odor-causing residue.
Leave the door open after each use to allow air to circulate for HE washers.
Check washer and dryer drains and pipes for blockages, such as lint or even missing socks, to maintain optimum water and airflow.
Empty the lint trap in the dryer after each load to save energy and maintain fire safety.
Keep the dryer’s outside exhaust clean to shorten drying time and decrease energy use.
Avoid the potential for odor-causing residue by taking the time to “wash” the machine every 30 days by using a washer-cleaning cycle.