Follow the tips in this handy washing machine maintenance guide to avoid costly service calls

The average life of most washing machines is between 10 and 15 years, however, most only come with a 1-year warranty on parts and labor. Is there anything a consumer can do to extend the life of their washing machine?
You bet there is. If you follow along and faithfully execute the following tips and guidelines you will be doing yourself an enormous favor and may increase the life of your machine another 5-10 years!
In order to prevent a serious electrical shock that could send you to the hospital, please unplug your appliance from its power source before performing any repairs. However, for these maintenance tips, you should keep the washer connected to its power source.

Water Hoses

Whenever you need to remove a hose from either the washer or its water source, remember to shut off the hot and cold-water taps.
  • Inspect the water hoses to assess any possible damage such as cracks leaks or any other visible damage. Inspect the rubber washers on both ends of each rubber hose, considering that the hot water washer breaks down the quickest.
  • It is recommended that you replace the hot and cold water hoses every five years no matter what their condition.
  • For additional durability, consider replacing the old rubber hoses with stainless steel hoses.

How to Level a Washers Legs

A point sometimes overlooked by consumers is the importance of leveling the washing machine legs. An unlevel machine will create an unbalanced load and have your washing machine bouncing around, banging into everything in your laundry room.
  • Tilt the washer toward the rear. Place a couple of shortened 2x4s under the middle of the front portion of the machine.
  • The best point of adjustment is to turn the legs as close to the washer base as possible. You will see a lock nut between the base and the leg. Ensure you have tightened the nuts to the base of the machine.
  • Most machines have self-adjusting rear legs. Access this area by tilting the machine to the front and gently placing it back on the floor.
  • Use a level to ensure your machine is parallel to the ground.

How to Clean the Washers Tub

  • Periodically, you can use a self-cleaning washer tablet during an empty wash cycle to clean out any lint residue and mold.
  • On front-load washers, be sure to wipe down the door boot.
  • Leave the washer door open to allow the tub area to dry. This will help keep the tub environment free of mold.
As has been noted, if you follow the three simple steps listed in this guide, you can confidently ensure that your washing machine will operate at a safe and efficient level…and avoid costly service calls.